London, UK (28 June 2018) Kx, a division of First Derivatives plc, today announces a partnership with quantum security specialist KETS Quantum Security to use Kx technology to power its quantum encryption security platform. This agreement will allow KETS to provide a high-performance solution with a small footprint using the kdb+ time series database for high-speed post-processing of data.
KETS has developed a range of technologies for quantum-secured communications, including quantum key distribution and quantum random number generation. Their use of integrated photonic technologies opens up a myriad of possibilities for quantum encryption because of miniaturisation, cost-effective manufacture, and complex functionality. KETS has the only integrated quantum secured encryption solution which meets the challenging size, weight and power (SWaP) requirements demanded by customers, enabling the large scale adoption of quantum encryption in new applications across a variety of sectors, including defence, telecommunications, and critical infrastructure.
KETS has chosen Kx due to its ability to store and process data at unparalleled speeds and its small footprint. By using Kx for its range of quantum encryption products, KETS is able to provide faster development, rapidly evolve platforms and enhance platform cross-compatibility.
Chris Erven, Chief Executive Officer of KETS, commented: “Quantum encryption requires vast amounts of raw data to be streamed, processed and stored. The in-memory computing and real time, high performance capabilities of Kx technology make Kx the ideal partner to enhance our product suite, remove well-known bottlenecks, and attack our target markets with products that just were not possible before.”
Brian Conlon, Chief Executive Officer of Kx, commented: “We are delighted that KETS has chosen Kx to support its exciting development in next generation quantum technologies. Combining KETS’ expertise with our Kx technology has the potential to revolutionize the encryption market with quantum security techniques and deliver new solutions across a number of industry verticals.”
About Kx and FD
Kx is a division of FD, a global technology provider with 20 years of experience working with some of the world’s largest finance, technology, retail, pharma, manufacturing and energy institutions. Kx technology, incorporating the kdb+ time-series database, is a leader in high-performance, in-memory computing, streaming analytics and operational intelligence. Kx delivers the best possible performance and flexibility for high-volume, data-intensive analytics and applications across multiple industries. The Group operates from 14 offices across Europe, North America and Asia Pacific, including its headquarters in Newry, and employs more than 2,300 people worldwide.
KETS Quantum Security Ltd is a multi-award winning start-up from the Quantum Engineering Technology Labs (QETLabs) at the University of Bristol and partner in the Quantum Communications Hub, part of the National UK Quantum Technologies Programme. Their mission is to secure communications using future-proof, scalable, and easily-deployed hardware solutions. The company has developed some of the world’s first integrated quantum secured encryption technologies – from quantum random number generators to full quantum key distribution devices. With low-SWaP built into its DNA its solutions will boost security in applications including defence, telecoms, and critical infrastructure; with end-users from finance to governments and data centres.