KETS and Airbus partner on Innovate UK grant to secure UAVs with quantum encryption

KETS Quantum Security Ltd is delighted to be working with partners; Airbus, ID Quantique and the Universities of Oxford and Bristol to develop a low-weight, high-speed free-space optical communication system with highly secure quantum encryption and eavesdropping detection.

This project is funded, in part, by Innovate UK – the UK’s innovation agency which recently announced the winners of £14m of national investment into this area. It is part of the £270m government investment in the UK National Quantum Technologies Programme, with a mission to support the translation of revolutionary technology from the lab into the commercial market.

Innovate UK projects must be collaborations between one or more businesses, normally at small/medium-sized enterprises level (SME). Looking to be at the forefront of the new quantum revolution, Innovate UK has invested in these cutting-edge start-ups looking to take quantum technology out of the lab and into the real world. At the same time, they are encouraging close academic involvement from the labs which these technologies came from.

KETS’ CTO and former University of Bristol Quantum Technology Enterprise Fellow, Philip Sibson said. “This is an exciting year for us and this project presents a fantastic opportunity for KETS to demonstrate our chip to chip QKD system in a working prototype.  Working with partners such as Airbus means that we also have the benefit of their expertise and experience to ensure that the technology we’ve been developing for years in the lab translates successfully into real world applications. “

The project, which runs until March 2019 will see the development and demonstration of a very low Size Weight and Power (SWaP), QKD enabled unit suitable for the primary target of this proposal; the UAV market. Future potential applications also include space platforms, telecommunications (ground fibre based systems) and critical infrastructure; bringing with it end-users from finance, government, and data centres.

KETS’ Head of Technical Sales, Jake Kennard added, “Both the desktop demonstrator and the prototype UAV system we’re developing will provide an excellent way to demonstrate our technology to these other markets. We’re certainly not taking the easy route starting with drones!”

 

KETS showcasing our technology at the Cybersecurity Showcase Day

KETS was privileged to take part in Phase2 of the Cybersecurity Academic Startups Programme, supporting the Develop strand of the National Cyber Security Strategy.

Funded by DCMS in partnership with Innovate UK, the programme provided support for the development of our prototypes and allowed us to develop connections and with relevant businesses and industrialists from across the UK.

October 19 was ‘Showcase Day’ held at Level 39 , Canary Wharf which proved to be a fantastic networking setting.

Click here to view highlights of the day (skip to 0:35 to hear from our Head of Technical Sales, Jake Kennard).

Jake commented “this showcase is really vital to small hardware startup companies like us. It’s all about commercially validating everything we’ve been working on in the lab.”

KETS’ ‘Game changer’ technology scoops top prize in the New Enterprise Competition

Enterprise Dinner 2015, University of Bristol

KETS new quantum technology to ensure data is secure has won the University of Bristol’s equivalent to Dragon’s Den and a share of over £35,000 prize money. KETS uses quantum cryptography to improve data encryption – ensuring information is safe in all situations, from bank transactions to critical infrastructure, and to individuals shopping online from the comfort of their own home.

Their concept beat 103 entries to scoop the top prize in the New Enterprise Competition which was judged by a panel of industry experts. The team won £10,000 in cash, £2,000 worth of legal support and a year in the Bristol SETsquared Centre – the University’s double award-winning business incubator – to help develop the technology further, explore potential uses and how it can be licensed to industry.

KETS CEO, Dr Chris Erven, said: “It’s fantastic to win and the judging panel were very receptive to our pitch. It’s really starting to snowball now and this extra investment and support will make a huge difference. KETS technology will provide for secure communications in a fundamentally new way.”

Dr Kennard added: “It’s been a real team effort, building on all the excellent work which has been going on in Bristol for the last 10 years. We’re the first of hopefully many spin-outs to come from the Centre for Quantum Photonics at the University of Bristol, focusing on building devices that real people will use.”

This year’s competition entries were judged by a panel of industry experts from sponsoring organisations including Deloitte, Wyvern, SETsquared, Santander, IP Group, Airbus, Motorola, Watertight Marketing, Social Enterprise Works, Marketest and Veale Wasbrough Vizards.

Find out more here.