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Meeting addresses quantum cryptography challenges

18 September 2012

The panelists sharing insights on quantum cryptography

Make quantum cryptography cheaper and simpler and people will switch to using it. This was the observation made by Mr Serguei Beloussov, Senior Founding Partner of Runa Capital during an industry panel discussion at the second annual conference on Quantum Cryptography hosted by the Centre for Quantum Technologies, NUS, on 13 September.

To put added security to data, quantum cryptography - which uses fundamental physical principles such as the quantum mechanical phenomena of entanglement and Heisenberg's uncertainty principle - can be tapped on.

Quantum key distribution is one such application, allowing two parties to protect their communication through sharing a secret key which is needed to scramble and decode a message.

Besides Mr Beloussov, the other panel members were Mr Gregoire Ribordy, co-founder and CEO of ID Quantique which has commercialised quantum key distribution; Mr Akio Tajima, a principal researcher in the Green Platform Research Laboratories at NEC; Dr Andreas Poppe of Austrian Institute of Technology; and Dr Chan Shih Ping Richard, Programme Director for Information Security at DSO National Laboratories.

Chaired by Dr Matthias Christandl of ETH Zurich, the panel session saw the international panelists give insights into the real-world challenges of quantum cryptography such as consumer demand, technological hurdles, funding and profits.

Titled "QCrypt 2012", the week-long conference from 10 to 14 September seeks to facilitate the exchange of research findings on the latest aspects of quantum cryptography and to support the building of a research community.

The inaugural QCrypt conference was held at ETH Zurich in September last year.