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Hackers Beware: Quantum Encryption Is Coming
Three independent experiments recently have demonstrated such systems. Geneva-based id Quantique SA encoded a secure transmission on a 70-kilometer fiber-optic link in Europe; MajiQ Technologies Inc., here, used a 30-km link; and researchers at Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.) demonstrated a 250-Mbit/second quantum encrypted transmission over a short link.
"Our quantum random-number generator and our single-photon detector module are available now and are in use by several customers around the world," said Gregoire Ribordy, a manager at id Quantique. A beta version of a third product, a quantum-key distribution system, "has been fully tested, and we are in advanced discussions with several potential launch customers," he added.
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