Test Report of Media Protection Systems.
Final rept. Dec 97-Dec 98,
NAVAL FACILITIES ENGINEERING SERVICE CENTER PORT HUENEME CA
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The Department of Defense DoD Lock Program at the Naval Facilities Engineering Service Center NEESC conducted an investigation of the fire protection capabilities of commercially available media protection products, specifically those containers that fit inside GSA approved security file cabinets. Due to weight and cost restrictions, in August 1991 the General Services Administration GSA canceled the specification for fire-resistant security containers. Since that time fire protection has been provided mainly by duplicating and storing information in remote, secure vaults. This procedure can be prohibitively expensive. Technology has now provided improved methods for reducing damage caused by fire. The majority of sensitive and classified information is now recorded on digital electronic media. This media permits the storage of vast amounts of information on small magnetic tapes, compact discs, or floppy disks. Commercial fireproof containers are now available that are small enough to fit within legal-size GSA-approved Class 6 security file cabinets. These new products, called media protection systems, can protect small volumes of electronic media from intense structural fires. The DoD Lock Program hired a nationally recognized fire test facility to conduct fire tests on ten commercially available products. Underwriters Laboratories UL-72, Class 125 standard test for fire resistance was used. This test simulates the heat stress of common structural fires. The tests determined that two commercial media protection systems, the Fire Cooler 1000 and Fire Cooler 1100, met the requirements of UL-72 Class 125. These products are recommended for the protection of magnetic storage media.
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- Containers and Packaging
- Safety Engineering