Preserving digital image integrity with Aleratec’s 1:3 DVD/CD Flash Copy Tower
by Perry Solomon
Every so often a controversial photo or video circulates around the internet, only to discover later that the image was altered. Image manipulation is a growing problem because today’s editing techniques are so advanced that even experts are having a hard time discerning between what is real and what is fake. While this may be the source of anxiety for high profile celebrities, there are other areas where altered images can have more devastating effects. In forensic photography, for example, a doctored image could change the outcome of a trial. While there are software programs that can attempt to detect image manipulation, prevention is typically better than a cure and a safer method begins with how the original files are saved and stored.
Aleratec’s 1:3 DVD/CD Flash Copy Tower duplicator copies documents and images from high capacity USB flash drives and functions as a DVD/CD duplicator with the ability to make a master copy of a DVD/CD and simultaneously duplicate the data on up to three DVD or CDs. One of its most important features, however, is its ability to copy data stored on memory cards, such as image files used in professional photography, to non-alterable, non-volatile DVDs or CDs. The key word here is “non-alterable.”
The 1:3 DVD/CD Flash Copy Tower duplicator is targeted toward fields where the integrity of a digital image is extremely important. Such fields include forensics, medical imaging and military and industrial photography where archived images should be an exact copy of what the camera recorded onto the original media so there is no dispute or controversy later. An image of a finger print may need to lightened so it is more viewable; however, by copying the original image on to a non-alterable DVD or CD the integrity of the original image is preserved.
In addition to its ability to save images and data on non-alterable media, the 1:3 DVD/CD Flash Copy Tower duplicator is a stand-alone duplicator so it operates without the need of a computer. Identical copies of data on flash memory cards and USB flash drives are executed with a backlit LCD panel and a front-panel controller equipped with flash memory card logic that converts flash drive data to optical disc formats. A special disc spanning function that calculates the number of discs required to make complete copies of the source data and automatically spans from disc to disc as each disc becomes full. The 1:3 DVD/CD Flash Copy Tower duplicator also preserves metatags for date and time.
Optical discs such as DVDs and CDs remain one of the safest ways to store high security images and data. If data integrity is a paramount concern, consider purchasing a unit such as 1:3 DVD/CD Flash Copy Tower duplicator. You may just sleep better at night.