ID Quantique

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Coordinates: 46°10′48″N 6°08′07″E / 46.1800886°N 6.1353231°E / 46.1800886; 6.1353231

ID Quantique SA
Private (venture funded)
IndustryQuantum Cryptography
Random Number Generation
Photon Counting
FoundedGeneva, Switzerland
(2001; 18 years ago (2001))
Area served
Key people
Gregoire Ribordy
ProductsQuantum Hardware Random Number Generators
Quantum Key Generation
Quantum Key Distribution
Network Encryptors
Photon Counting

ID Quantique (IDQ) is a Swiss company, based in Geneva, Switzerland, and provides quantum key distribution (QKD) systems, quantum safe network encryption, single photon counters, and hardware random number generators.

It was founded in 2001 as a spin-off of the Group of Applied Physics at the University of Geneva.

The company is structured in three business units:

Quantum Safe Cryptography Division[edit]

The Quantum Safe Cryptography division focuses on data protection and provides:

Photon Counting Division[edit]

The Photon Counting division works on optical instrumentation products such as:

Random Number Generation[edit]

The company's work in Random Number Generation focuses on developing hardware random number generators based on quantum randomness, for cryptographic and security applications (quantum key generation) and research purposes (MonteCarlo simulations).

ID Quantique Achievements[edit]

The company has realized several world premieres in quantum technology innovation.

  • In 2004, ID Quantique was one of the first in the world to bring a quantum key distribution system to a commercial market. (MagiQ Technologies, Inc. announced the availability of its quantum key distribution system in 2003.)[1]
  • In 2007 quantum cryptography was deployed by a government for the first time ever to protect the Geneva state elections in Switzerland.[2][3][4] It is still in deployment.
  • In 2010 the company deployed QKD over multiplexed networks with 1Gbit/s of data,[5][6] and in 2011 the company ran its QKD systems for over 18 months in the Swissquantum[7] network in cooperation with the University of Geneva.
  • In 2014, principles from IDQ together with the University of Geneva, broke the world record for the longest distance key exchange by QKD – 307 km.[8]
  • In 2014 IDQ’s Quantis true random number generator became the first QRNG to pass the German BSI’s AIS31[9] randomness validation.
  • In 2014 ID Quantique and Battelle co-founded the Quantum-Safe Security Working Group in the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA). The group aims to help governments and industry understand quantum‐safe methods for protecting their networks and their data, following the call by the European telecommunications Institute (ETSI) for quantum safe cryptography in their 2014 white paper “Quantum Safe Cryptography and Security”.[10]

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  1. ^ Although the commercial availability was announced earlier, the first orders were shipped to customers around 2004.
  2. ^ "Geneva Vote Will Use Quantum Cryptography". October 2007. Retrieved 21 January 2018.
  3. ^ "Quantum cryptography to protect Swiss election". Retrieved 21 January 2018.
  4. ^ Messmer, Ellen (2007-10-11). "Quantum cryptography to secure ballots in Swiss election". Retrieved 21 January 2018.
  5. ^ Eraerds, Patrick; Walenta, Nino; Legre, Matthieu; Gisin, Nicolas; Zbinden, Hugo (15 June 2010). "Quantum key distribution and 1 Gbit/s data encryption over a single fibre". New Journal of Physics. 12 (6): 063027. arXiv:0912.1798. Bibcode:2010NJPh...12f3027E. doi:10.1088/1367-2630/12/6/063027.
  6. ^ Walenta, Nino; Burg, Andreas; Caselunghe, Dario; Constantin, Jeremy; Gisin, Nicolas; Guinnard, Olivier; Houlmann, Raphael; Junod, Pascal; Korzh, Boris; Kulesza, Natalia; Legré, Matthieu; Lim, Charles Ci Wen; Lunghi, Tommaso; Monat, Laurent; Portmann, Christopher; Soucarros, Mathilde; Trinkler, Patrick; Trolliet, Gregory; Vannel, Fabien; Zbinden, Hugo (23 January 2014). "A fast and versatile QKD system with hardware key distillation and wavelength multiplexing". New Journal of Physics. 16 (1): 013047. arXiv:1309.2583. Bibcode:2014NJPh...16a3047W. doi:10.1088/1367-2630/16/1/013047.
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  8. ^ Korzh, Boris; Lim, Charles Ci Wen; Houlmann, Raphael; Gisin, Nicolas; Li, Ming Jun; Nolan, Daniel; Sanguinetti, Bruno; Thew, Rob; Zbinden, Hugo (1 March 2015). "Provably Secure and Practical Quantum Key Distribution over 307 km of Optical Fibre". Nature Photonics. 9 (3): 163–168. arXiv:1407.7427. Bibcode:2015NaPho...9..163K. doi:10.1038/nphoton.2014.327.
  9. ^ "BSI - Zertifizierung und Anerkennung - Anwendungshinweise und Interpretationen zum Schema (AIS) AIS 31" (PDF). Retrieved 21 January 2018.
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