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Overview of innovation

The ultimate aim of a modern-day communications system is to transmit data using a high bandwidth link, while at the same time ensuring that the link is secure. High-bandwidth classical communications links are presently available and under continuous development the world over. In parallel, security can be achieved using a quantum link, with some simple systems commercially available. No solution exists to combine the two to realize the desired “fast and secure” link.

Wits researchers have developed a hybrid communication system that allows information to be sent both classically and in the quantum using the same link, realising a communication channel that is both fast and secure. The security is guaranteed through quantum laws and as such is fundamentally secure, unlike conventional
cryptographic systems.

Key benefits

  • Fundamentally secure communication
  • Fast data transfer
Type of Intellectual Property protection
Patent
Innovation Opportunity Type
Funding
Investment
Licensing
Partnership
Industry
​Manufacturing
Security Technologies
HighTech
HardTech
​Information and communication
Telecommunications
Mobile
IT hardware development
HardTech
Cyber Security
Technology Readiness Level
TRL 5 – Prototype tested in a controlled environment
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