The archival nature and legal acceptability of microfilm is undisputed whilst other digital storage formats lack the regulatory certification or accepted standing of microfilm. Hence its’ an obvious advantage in saving space of up to 98%, once the paper originals are destroyed after filming. It is the only long term archival medium with an expected life span in excess of 100 years and expected to be migratable with future advances in technology.
Microfilm suits a wide variety of applications for both live records management and archive management. With the advent of today’s digital information explosion, the use of microfilm has progressed further to create hybrid systems which migrate digital scanned images and analog microfilm images all on the same database. With these advancements, the use of hybrid systems provides protection from technology obsolescence whilst benefiting from the best of both digital and analog formats.
The Main Benefits of Microfilm:
- Space Saving of 98% over Conventional Storage Areas.
- Ease of Use, Eye Readable.
- Technology Free, Easily Converted to and from Digital Format.
- Accepted Standards Worldwide.
- Low Cost Storage and Retrieval.
- Legally Admissible.
- Low Cost, High Quality Reproduction.
- Variety of Formats – Roll film/Jackets and Fiche/Aperture Cards.
- Full Bureau Services, Any Document Size up to A0.
MBS has pioneered the introduction of microfilm to Gibraltar over the past 12 years and promotes the service as one of its’ core activities. Our range of products and services enable clients to obtain the right solution for their own records management requirements. Our imaging bureau provides all the services required to convert, index and set up your microfilm library with experienced staff, no matter how large your archives. Our bureau facility has microfilmed in excess of 20 million documents including bank and insurance records, drawings, patient records, computer reports, journals, etc. In fact, no matter the size, if it’s on paper, we can film it.
Alternatively, we can supply brand name microfilm cameras for clients who prefer to introduce the image capturing process as an in-house operation and rely on our support for film processing, etc.