(ChannelNewsAsia) Singapore, always with an eye out for the future, decided to explore quantum computing by setting up the Centre for Quantum Technologies (CQT) more than a decade ago at the National University of Singapore (NUS). This National Research Centre of Excellence brings together physicists, computer scientists and engineers to do basic research on quantum physics and build devices based on their findings in areas like computing, communications and sensing.
There has abeen no letting up in this area, with the National Research Foundation (NRF) saying it will invest S$25 million into a Quantum Engineering Programme to develop quantum technology and devices last September. More recently, CQT signed a memorandum of intent with SGInnovate, a Government-owned company investing in deep tech start-ups, to promote quantum technologies and commercialise such innovations via a two-year collaboration.
Singapore is a unique country in that it’s rather small. So can you use quantum technologies, specifically quantum cryptography, to secure data communication? It can probably be the first country in the world to have a quantum crypto network because it is so small.