Los Alamos National Laboratory has agreed to a deal with Allied Minds subsidiary Whitewood Encryption Systems to commercialize the laboratory’s quantum-based data encryption technology.
The compact random-number-generation tool works to generate cryptographic keys based on the random polarization state of photons for high data rate encryption, Los Alamos National Laboratory said Tuesday.
“Quantum systems represent the best hope for truly secure data encryption because they store or transmit information in ways that are unbreakable by conventional cryptographic methods,“ said Duncan McBranch, chief technology officer at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
“This licensing agreement with Whitewood Encryption Systems Inc. is historic in that it takes our groundbreaking technical work that was developed over two decades into commercial encryption applications” he added.
Whitewood will pay the license fees for Los Alamos-developed encryption patents under the agreement.
“Whitewood aims to address one of the most difficult problems in securing modern communications: scalability“”meeting the need for low-cost, low-latency, high-security systems that can effectively service increasingly complex data security needs,“ said John Serafini, a vice president at Allied Minds.