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Piql trusted with Siemens historical treasures


Siemens is a global powerhouse focusing on the areas of electrification, automation and digitalization. Established in 1847, Siemens has played an impressive role in shaping the technological evolution of Germany, Europe and the whole world.


The Siemens Historical Institute maintains one of the largest, best-known corporate archives in Germany. Consisting of documents, books, films and products, the archive holds approximately 10,000 metres of shelf space and 10 terabytes of information.

The constantly growing collection includes a million historical pictures, recordings of various speeches, 8,000 films and 10,000 historical objects.
Such a rich history is too valuable to lose.

The highlight and main attraction at the 1879 Berlin Commercial Exposition, Siemens’ electric railway operates on exhibition grounds at Berlin’s Lehrter Station, where the city’s Main Station is located today. ©Siemens Historical Institute

“For the most valuable sources in our Corporate Archives, we wanted to find a special home – “a place for eternity,” said Dr. Johannes von Karczewski, Head of Siemens Historical Institute.

“ Preserving the essential – this is our common task, our commitment and our purpose. Only in this way we can leave to future generations what really counts.”


Piql offers the only future-proof digital preservation solution for items with significant historical value.

Siemens trusted Piql to digitally preserve founding documents and letters of Werner von Siemens, a man who changed the world.
Piql’s future-proof, migration-free solution was an easy choice for Siemens who wanted the ultimate insurance that these documents would never be lost and would survive for many generations to come.

Siemens also chose to store their data in the safety of the Arctic World Archive, alongside other global treasure s such as the National Archives of Mexico, Edvard Munch paintings and ancient manuscripts from the Vatican.

“We are convinced that Piql’s approach to long-term archiving in the Arctic World Archive is the right one for some of our most valuable documents.”

Siemens valued our innovative purpose-built solution, meeting OAIS compliance with well-proven technology. It’s as easy to use as any other digital technology, but with a unique security, integrity and longevity.

Piql provided Siemens with the ultimate insurance for their most valuable pieces of history.


The Siemens Historical Institute found Piql to share its most important mission, “to safeguard irreplaceable information and give governments, organisations, businesses and individuals peace of mind.”

“Together—I am convinced—we can work in our respective areas of responsibility to leave the most valuable cultural assets to posterity and to preserve the essential,” said Dr. von Karczewski.

A representative of Siemens will visit the Arctic World Archive in early 2019 to safely deposit their data for future generations.


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