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Babcock and Arqit Collaborate In Quantum Technologies

Software Encryption Keys Combining Quantum and Classical Technologies

Babcock International and Arqit are to partner in test and experimentation in a range of use case scenarios for the latter’s QuantumCloud product, seeking practical applications for government and defence users, the companies announced on 24 August.

QuantumCloud creates software encryption keys, combining patented quantum and classical technologies. Simple and efficient to use at any cloud, edge, or end-point device with no disruption to hardware or software required, the software will be tested in live operational scenarios to demonstrate encryption capabilities in a dynamic environment and across a variety of platforms and military networks. This testing will include planned participation in a number of UK government-funded projects, including projects focused on unmanned ground vehicles, secure manned and unmanned aerial vehicles, secure maritime connectivity and other projects that will come to fruition through ongoing conversations with government and R&D agencies.

We’re continuing to develop our technology strategy with a particular interest in digital technologies, secure communications and other areas such as Artificial Intelligence, Digital Twins and autonomy […] As threats to data evolve, we need to respond and grow our capabilities in line with new requirements [and are therefore] collaborating with Arqit on this project, broadening our involvement in quantum encryption and enhancing our encryption capability offering to our customers for use on future projects and programmes,” commented Babcock Mission Systems’ Managing Director, Richard Drake.

Partnering with Babcock to apply QuantumCloud in live defence use cases is a great opportunity to increase the momentum we have in this market. Following the earlier announcement that QuantumCloud 1.0 is now live for commercial customers to use, we are […] certain that Arqit, uniquely amongst all other companies, has solved the security layer problem in the Joint All Domain Command and Control market. This gives Arqit a massive near-term revenue opportunity,” added Arqit’s founder, David Williams.

“Symmetric encryption, reborn for the cloud” – a heady claim. (Image: Arqit Limited)

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