Quantum computing collaboration tackles photonic cybersecurity

November 24, 2020 //By Jean-Pierre Joosting
Quantum computing collaboration tackles photonic cybersecurity
NPL working with Cambridge Quantum Computing to accelerate R&D through to commercialisation of their novel quantum photonic products.

Scientists at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) are working with Cambridge Quantum Computing (CQC) to accelerate research and development to support the commercialisation and optimisation of their quantum technologies, such as IronBridge™, and help with the characterisation of photonic components. This includes the metrology of emerging ultra-low loss optical connectors, for example, to meet the exacting requirements of IEC standards for improving the efficiency of quantum optical networks.

IronBridge™, developed by CQC, is a photonic quantum device, built to provide high grade entropy to be used for post-quantum encryption algorithms, cached entropy generation for IoT devices, key generation for certificates, quantum watermarking and many other use cases in cybersecurity, science, engineering, finance and gaming by utilising verifiable quantum randomness.

NPL is the UK's National Metrology Institute and home to the Quantum Metrology Institute, which brings together NPL's cutting-edge quantum science and metrology research and provides the expertise and facilities needed for academia and industry to test, validate, and ultimately commercialise new quantum research and technologies.

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This collaboration will provide CQC with access to NPL's experts and world-class facilities and is a great example of how partnerships can help drive innovation within the UK. Supporting high tech companies like CQC at an early stage of the development of quantum computers ensures maximum benefit from their photonic products and quantum processes ultimately increasing the optimisation ability from a lab environment to practicality in the real world.

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