Years ago, SanDisk, et al, coined the term SecureDigital to name the now popular memory card format. SanDisk in particular liked the name very much because the SD acronym coincided with the companyâ€™s SD abbreviation, never mind that the SD logo was originally meant for the Super Density disc, a failed Toshiba entry in the DVD format war.
Now comes a new SD card from SanDisk: the WORM or â€œwrite-once read manyâ€ memory card (unfortunate acronym with what worm has come to mean these days, but the promise is big). For the first time, the emphasis here is security. The card can be written to only once, it cannot be re-used. It is tamper-proof.
It has many envisioned uses in law enforcement, documentation and electoral applications. Using the SanDisk SD WORM card, for example, law enforcement officers can create unalterable, permanent photographic records that serve as resources during investigations or as potential evidence during trials.
Set to replace non-lasting 35mm film to store forensic images, SD WORM promises to store files safely for up to a hundred years.