San Diego startup Qubitekk (www.quibitekk.com) unveiled today its Quantum Entanglement Source, a critical component for quantum computers and virtually unhackable quantum encryption systems. Formerly known as GridCOM Technologies, the company was recently renamed to reflect its core quantum entanglement technology, rather than a single application.
The Qubitekk Quantum Entanglement Source (QES1) simplifies and drastically reduces the cost of generating and controlling quantum bits, or qubits, the life-blood of powerful universal quantum computers. And since the QES1 can be easily scaled into arrays, engineers are for the first time free to explore larger, more powerful quantum computing architectures.
Without the QES1, creating these qubits is highly complex, cumbersome and very expensive. Currently only nation states, government agencies and multi-billion dollar corporations can afford quantum computers. These early commercial systems are not “universal,” meaning they are capable of solving only a very narrow range of problems. Even with these limitations, they are still room-sized and require special cryogenics to operate at near absolute zero.
“The Qubitekk QES1 allows developers to explore more complex quantum computing architectures in less time, less space, and at a much lower development cost,” said Dr. Duncan Earl, Qubitekk founder and CTO. “The possibilities are endless. We could never think up all the ways quantum technology could be applied. Our hope is that the QES1 will speed the advances needed to make quantum computing and other quantum technologies a widespread reality.”
Without qubits, quantum computers won’t work. Just as classical computers use electrons to move and modify bits of information, quantum computers use qubits - made from photons or atoms - to do the same.
Beyond Quantum Computing: Quantum Encryption and the Internet of Things
Just as increased human communication changed society in the last century, machine-to-machine (M2M) communications will revolutionize our world this century.
Trusted communications over the Internet are possible because of relatively secure public key encryption. But technology is entering a new era: The ‘Internet of Things.’ By some estimates there will be 26 billion connected devices on the Internet by 2020, a development that brings with it numerous challenges, including those in security that traditional communication models have not yet addressed.
At the same time, quantum computers are becoming commercially available. With the potential to process millions of calculations simultaneously, quantum computers will ultimately render today’s math-based public key encryption algorithms useless.
Without a secure, scalable alternative, the Information Age will grind to a halt. Currently, no solution exists for securing communications in a post-quantum computer world.
Qubitekk’s future proof quantum encryption solution can authenticate and guarantee the integrity of wired and wireless communications regardless of computational advances
For Qubitekk, the first application of its QES1 will be to protect critical infrastructure.
Protecting the Electrical Grid from Cyber Attack
There is no doubt the US electrical grid is vulnerable. Widely reported results of a federal analysis released in February 2014 concluded that even a small-scale attack could cause a national blackout.
Leading government, industry and cyber experts agree that such an attack is only a matter of time.
For that reason, Qubitekk’s first goal is to fortify the vulnerable US power grid, which currently consists of about 40 million networked devices (power stations, transformers, reclosers, etc.), all of which use public key encryption. With the adoption of Smart Meters, that number is expected to reach 300 million by 2020. Each device is a potential entry point for malicious hackers.
How does it work?
Entangled photons created by the QES1 share a special bond. Any change in one is instantly registered with the other, no matter where in the universe each may be. It’s science even Einstein called “spooky.”
Qubitekk utilizes this natural quality in its Quantum Data Locking system, which will be the first commercial quantum encryption solution that can rapidly and cost effectively protect any M2M network from cyber attack.
“Qubitekk’s Quantum Data Locking solution can guarantee that the command a smart meter receives originated from the proper utility and not a terrorist. It can also guarantee that the message was not tampered with in any way. It can do this forever and without the need to manage secret keys and/or algorithms,” Earl said.
Beyond the Power Grid: Protecting the Homeland, Privacy and More.
Critical infrastructure is just the beginning. In the years to come, Qubitekk aims to be the first to commercialize scalable quantum encryption networks that financial institutions, transportation providers, telecommunications companies, retailers, military and other M2M network owners can quickly and easily apply to protect their equipment, systems and data.
An increasing number of breaches into the customer databases of major retailers and recent revelations about mass surveillance is fueling public concern about privacy and security.
“Quantum cryptography is our best weapon against these growing threats,” said Earl.. “A priority must be placed on developing these solutions before it is too late.”
About Qubitekk, Inc.
San Diego-based Qubitekk, formerly known as GridCOM Technologies, is a private company founded in 2012 to commercialize the core technology required to speed the adoption of quantum computing and cryptography technologies and applications. Dr. Duncan Earl, founder and CTO, is an expert on quantum entanglement solutions, having served 20 years at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), most recently with the Cyberspace Sciences and Information Intelligence Research group. Learn more at www.qubitekk.com
Qubitekk’s Quantum Data Locking technology was named as one of Popular Science magazine’s “20 Ideas that will Change the World,” in January 2014 under the company’s former name, GridCOM Technologies.
Since 2012 Qubitekk has raised more than $2 million in working capital.