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We all want our messages, be it a credit card number, an invitation to visit a friend or a declaration of love, to be read only by their receiver. The developers of messengers and banking systems are extolling the virtues of using encryption keys for information protection. What are those keys and can you make them fully hack-proof? ITMO.NEWS attempts to answer these questions as part of its new project with the help of Anton Kozubov, head of quantum computing research at ITMO University’s International Laboratory of Quantum Informatics.
On the day prefacing the start of this year’s St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF), in an event held at the A.S. Popov Central Museum of Communications, Rostelecom unveiled a prototype of Russia’s first quantum-encrypted data transmission network. This data transmission mechanism is considered to be the safest one out there, as the keys protecting the traffic cannot be intercepted or stolen because of the laws of quantum physics. ITMO University is one of the developers and suppliers of state-of-the-art equipment.
A strategic investor has acquired one half of the Quanttelecom project, established by one of ITMO University’s small innovative enterprises. The project produces fiber-optic quantum encryption equipment and systems with a high level of data security. JSC SMARTS, the project’s investor, has announced its plans to upscale the technology and release the product on the Russian and global markets.