A global leader in Quantum-Safe Security and Quantum Sensing
In a world where the technological landscape is being revolutionised by quantum physics, ID Quantique helps its customers to guarantee long-term security of their data and infrastructure through quantum-safe crypto solutions.
Additionally, ID Quantique provides best-in-class instruments, tools and solutions that enable its customers to solve problems by exploiting the potential of quantum physics, while revealing its beauty.
ID Quantique (IDQ) is a global company founded in 2001 and headquartered in Switzerland with sales offices, engineering and research labs located around the world. Continuous passion, a strong focus on innovation and the flexibility and experience of a dedicated team have allowed IDQ to establish itself as a leader in the fields of quantum-safe cryptography, scientific instrumentation and random number generation. IDQ is dedicated to remaining the global leader in Quantum Sensing & Quantum Cryptography solutions. Its products are used by governments, enterprises and academic customers in more than 60 countries and on every continent.
IDQ is organised in two business units:
ID Quantique provides high-performance quantum-safe network encryption solutions for the protection of data in transit. By using state-of-the-art algorithms and highly secure quantum key generation and quantum key distribution (quantum cryptography) IDQ ensures that the solutions are “quantum-safe”. This ensures the long-term protection of sensitive data into and beyond the quantum era when quantum computers will render most of today’s conventional encryption algorithms vulnerable.
IDQ also develops and commercialises random number generators based on quantum physics, which are used in several industries, including security, simulations and gaming.
IDQ also has a growing scientific instrumentation business, where the company’s core quantum photonics technologies provide innovative solutions for industrial, commercial and research applications.
Its product offering includes photon-counters for the visible and infrared regions of the optical spectrum, short-pulse laser sources, timing devices and FPGAs. From OEM to integrated solutions, IDQ’s range of products helps customers to solve complex scientific problems with state-of-the-art tools and instrumentation.
ID Quantique (IDQ) was created in Geneva, Switzerland in 2001 by four scientists from the University of Geneva who anticipated the important forthcoming impact of quantum physics on information technology.
The company initially operated as a small university spin-off, working on research projects to demonstrate the feasibility of quantum key distribution (or QKD, better known as quantum cryptography). In late 2003, IDQ raised its first funding, from a Luxembourg-based venture capital fund to develop the first QKD products for data centres and conduct the first test implementations. From 2010 onwards IDQ rolled out quantum-safe crypto solutions in both commercial and government markets worldwide.
In 2013 IDQ raised additional capital from QWave Capital, a venture fund dedicated to investments in private companies in the sector of quantum mechanics and materials science, in order to expand its market presence in different geographic and vertical markets.
In 2016 another US$ 4 million was raised by IDQ from strategic investors, including South Korean telecommunications’ giant SK Telecom, with whom the company developed the world’s smallest Quantum Random Number Generator based on technology and know-how licensed from IDQ.
More recently in April 2018, ID Quantique raised US$ 65 million from SK Telecom, intended to develop IDQ’s quantum technologies for the telecom and IoT markets. This investment will strengthen ID Quantique’s position as the global leader in quantum safe cryptography and quantum sensing solutions. It will also support IDQ’s continued development of global markets and partnerships.
Today ID Quantique, headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, has sales offices as well as engineering, development and research labs located around the world (Bristol – UK, Washington & Boston – USA, Seoul – Korea). Our growing team of around 100 employees is dedicated to working hand in hand with customers and partners.
Awards and honors
The company has received several Swiss and international awards in recognition for its breakthrough technology and product achievements and for its pioneering spirit.
It has released several world premieres, including the first-ever deployment of quantum key distribution in a live network environment, the first deployment of QKD over a multiplexed network for commercial clients, the longest-running quantum crypto installation (since 2007) and participated to the demonstration of the longest QKD distance to date (421 kilometers).
In October 2017, ID Quantique’s co-founders Professors Nicolas Gisin, Hugo Zbinden and also current CEO and founder Grégoire Ribordy, were awarded the prestigious Medal of Innovation by the University of Geneva.
In September 2019, ID Quantique was awarded the “Innovation Prize” from the Geneva State, the CCIG (Geneva Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Services) and the OPI (Promotional office for Industry and Technology), in recognition of its pioneering work in quantum technologies.