An advanced data recovery centre and digital forensics laboratory, the first of its kind on the continent, was unveiled in Midrand this week. 

The facility, from Computer Storage Services, includes three different recovery laboratories, and one complete digital forensics laboratory for electronic recovery and extraction of information.
The 3 200 square meter facility also includes a data vault – the first circular category five-rated vault built in South Africa – codenamed CipherVault, which caters for electronic and physical data storage for business and governmental agencies.
The unveiling of the new facility was a culmination of about 30 months' R&D with global storage engineers and data recovery professionals.
James Grcic, MD of Computer Storage Services, comments: "The new technology is a major step forward in the ability to extract data from physically damaged or even over-written media. But what is truly exciting is that most of this development has taken place here in South Africa."
Grcic adds that the company has been approached by corporate entities as well as global data recovery and forensice departments who are keen to acquire the technology. However, he says Computer Storage Services doesn't plan to sell its technology although it may release a commercial version to customers and partners.
Computer Storare Services has won a number of accolades and IT awards for the development of data recovery technology and its ability to extract data from damaged or failed hard drives, tape media, memory sticks, digital cameras and even cell phones or PDAs.