Battelle has installed its quantum key distribution network in the U.S. in order to protect the nonprofit organization’s data.
Scientists worked to connect its headquarters to a Dublin, Ohio-based satellite office using fiber optic lines and ID Quantique-built hardware components, the company said Thursday.
The organization aims for the network to protect its financial, intellectual property, drawings and design information.
Battelle also intends to connect its central Ohio sites to the network over the coming years, as well as its Washington-based offices to the company’s Columbus headquarters.
Kevin Boyne, general manager, said the organization envisions the network as extending beyond 400 miles in 2015.
QKD works to help senders and receivers of encryption key data from various industries secure that information using photons that flow through fiber optic lines to indicate threats.
Battelle also plans to extend its fiber optic cables and install nodes with ID Quantique in order to remove deployment restrictions of photons in large areas such as the U.S.