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Satellites Will Play a Key Role in Quantum Key Distribution

By IQT News posted 21 Jan 2020

(BankInfoSecurity) Satellites can play a role in distributing next-generation encryption keys according to Robert Bedington, CTO and co-founder at Singapore-based SpeQtral.
Quantum communications protects key distribution channels against eavesdropping, he explains. “Space-based quantum key distribution is a method for delivering incredibly secure symmetric encryption keys to anywhere in the globe,” he says.
Space-based quantum communication requires optical ground stations, he adds. “You have to make sure that no one is having any backdoors into your [station]. You need to trust the satellite system you are working with.”
Bedington is CTO and co-founder of the SpeQtral, a company commercializing satellite quantum-proof key distribution. Previously he worked as a JSPS fellow at the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency and obtained his PhD from University College London.

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