ID Quantique

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ID Quantique SA
Private (venture funded)
Industry Quantum Cryptography
Random Number Generation
Photon Counting
Founded Geneva, Switzerland
(2001; 15 years ago (2001))
Headquarters Geneva, GE, Switzerland
Coordinates Coordinates: 46°10′48″N 6°08′07″E / 46.1800886°N 6.1353231°E / 46.1800886; 6.1353231
Area served
Key people
Gregoire Ribordy
Products Quantum 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, which provides quantum key distribution (QKD) systems, quantum safe network encryption, single photon counters, and hardware random number generators to governments, universities and enterprises worldwide.

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 3 business units :

Quantum Safe Cryptography Division[edit]

The Quantum Safe Cryptography division focuses on critical data protection for sensitive sectors, such as governments, banking institutions, data centers or commercial entreprises. The division provides :

Photon Counting Division[edit]

The Photon Counting division focuses on research application, laboratories and universities, and on commercial applications. The division works on optical intrumentation products such as :

Random Number Generation[edit]

The Random Number Generation focuses on developing quantum entropy source for the gaming industry, 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 the first in the world to bring a quantum key distribution system to a commercial market.[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 1Gbps 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 stringent AIS31[9] randomness validation. The company is also involved in the development of quantum repeaters.
  • 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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