(IDQuantique) ID Quantique (IDQ) was awarded the Innovation Prize 2019 by the Geneva Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Services (CCIG), the State of Geneva and the Office for the Promotion of Industries and Technologies (OPI) during a ceremony in the city.
The prize was awarded in recognition of ID Quantique’s innovative role in quantum technologies. The company was created 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 spin-off of the Group of Applied Physics of the University of Geneva, working on research projects to demonstrate the feasibility of Quantum Key Distribution (or QKD, better known as quantum cryptography).
It has released several world premieres, including the first ever deployment of QKD 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 has participated to the demonstration of the longest QKD distance to date (421 kilometres).

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