Quantum Tech Pod Episode 63: Grégoire Ribordy, CEO, ID Quantique (IDQ)
Gregoire went to EPFL (Écolepolytechnique fédérale de Lausanne) – the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology – where he studied physics. After working for a year in Japan at Nikon, the camera company, he returned to Switzerland in the mid-90s.
Interesting back story: Just before 2000, one of the very first quantum companies called Magic Technologies, founded in Boston, was going around the world trying to license QKD for quantum cryptography.
They came to Geneva and offered to partner with Grégoire and his team. But he said to his colleagues, “Why don’t we just do it on our own? Why would we do it with a company far away when we could do it here and control our own destiny?” So they founded ID Quantique (IDQ) in 2001.
The first application, which surprised him, was online gambling. In the early 2000s, many casino games like poker were moving online and they needed a source of entropy. It was a market that IDQ found by chance.
Today, IDQ prepares organizations for a quantum-safe future by providing quantum key distribution, Quantum-Safe Key management solutions, quantum random number generators, and single photon counters.
IDQ recently signed an agreement with Singtel to develop Singapore’s first Nationwide Quantum-Safe Network Plus (NQSN+) for enterprises.
Check out my conversation with Grégoire!
The “Quantum Tech Pod” podcast, hosted by Christopher Bishop from Inside Quantum Technology, offers a deep dive into the rapidly evolving world of quantum technology. Christopher, an industry expert, engages with leading figures in the field, discussing the latest developments, breakthroughs, and challenges in quantum computing, communication, sensing, and cryptography. The podcast is an informative platform for experts and enthusiasts, providing insights into how quantum technology shapes the future and its implications across various industries. Whether you’re a seasoned professional or just curious about quantum technology, “Quantum Tech Pod” delivers engaging conversations illuminating this cutting-edge field.