European partnership delivers quantum-safe storage

European partnership delivers quantum-safe storage

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By Jean-Pierre Joosting

ThinkQuantum, a provider of optical and quantum systems for security and communication, and fragmentiX Storage Solutions (fragmentiX), leaders in protected multi-cloud storage, are partnering to deliver quantum-safe storage with the highest level of security.

FragmentiX has been implementing Quantum-Key-Distribution (QKD) in several national and European projects. However, partnering with ThinkQuantum allows for further development of QKD technology in storage and communication sourced exclusively in the European Union (EU27). As two innovative SMEs, in EU-member countries, the companies are combining their competences in QKD, Quantum Random Number Generation (QRNG) and quantum-safe data storage. This provides a unique situation for customers requiring a complete quantum-safe data storage solution from a trusted source.

ThinkQuantum offers QKD over optical fibres, Free-Space QKD – Daylight and Nighttime operation – as well as Satellite QKD Payload and Ground Station. Their QKD products, readily available in large quantities, are completely in the same category, both technically and commercially, as the non-EU27 products used to date. ThinkQuantum’s production and development is located in Sarcedo, Italy, allowing for a completely European (EU27) supply chain. The same principles apply to the intellectual property chain, which include the University of Padua and Officina Stellare spa – their two main partners, who are also based in Italy. Purely European solutions, like ThinkQuantum’s devices represent a turning point for European independence and security regarding Quantum Communication.

“We were very surprised about the high TRL and the availability of the pure EU-27 Alice and Bob devices from ThinkQuantum. This motivated us to visit TQ and the University of Padua Labs. Together with Simone Capeleto, CEO of TQ, we immediately knew that our respective customers in our home countries, but also within the EU-27, would benefit from our mutual partnership,” says fragmentiX CEO Werner Strasser.

A mutual reseller partnership creates the opportunity of a one-stop point of access for existing and new customers. With fragmentiX Storage Appliances information-theoretical security (ITS) can be guaranteed for “data on rest”, meaning no future quantum computer can decode a single stolen fragment from any cloud or local storage. ThinkQuantum QKD technology provides protection for “data on transit”. Combining the products and technologies will enable the partners to deliver an integrated and comprehensive, fully ITS system to their customers. The distribution of each other’s products will be offered reciprocally in the future. The focus of all products will be on the respective home markets of the two companies, but sales will not be limited to these regions. Both fragmentiX and ThinkQuantum will thus become European suppliers of both fragmentiX and ThinkQuantum technologies.

Simone Capeleto, co-founder and CEO of ThinkQuantum states, “fragmentiX Secret Sharing and our QKD systems together represent an ideal offer for existing and future customers looking for future-proof cyber security solutions. The collaboration between an Italian and Austrian SME clearly shows that there is both the necessary technical expertise and entrepreneurial spirit in Europe to develop and produce high-security solutions for all relevant industries in the European Union. We are particularly pleased to be immediately involved in a number of customer projects together with fragmentiX.”

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