Battelle installs quantum key distribution protected network in US
Oct 16, 2013 (MarketLine via COMTEX) --
Battelle Memorial Institute, an applied science and technology development company, has completed the installation of the first commercial quantum key distribution, or QKD, protected network in the US.
Using fiber optic lines installed between the headquarters campus and a satellite office in Dublin, Ohio and hardware from ID Quantique, Battelle data containing such information as financials, intellectual property, drawings and designs will be protected now and in the future.
Because Battelle takes information security seriously, it invested in the project to protect its own data. In the next few years, all Battelle locations in central Ohio will be connected to the network and by 2015, Battelle offices in Washington D.C. will plug in.
By using QKD, senders and receivers will fire photons with specific properties through fiber optic lines. When bad actors try to grab the encryption key information, the photons are changed in easily detectable ways, so the sender and receiver perceive the difference.
Fiber optic cables limit the delivery of photons to about 60 miles, so a place as large as the US poses an installation problem. In order to extend the protected reach, repeaters, or "trusted nodes," must be established. Battelle is developing a scalable architecture with ID Quantique-including these trusted nodes-that will enable QKD to operate at any distance, making large scale implementation possible and practical. According to Battelle General Manager Kevin Boyne, this technology will underlie the world's longest QKD network, exceeding 400 miles in 2015 when Battelle's Columbus headquarters connects to its Washington D.C.-area offices.
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