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Quantum Key Distribution is making inroads in the market of (network) communication. By employing some principles of quantum mechanics, it is possible to do the distribution of keys over a network securely. We spoke with Q*Bird and Eurofiber to learn more about it. We also explain in plain English what Quantum Key Distribution is.

What is Quantum Key Distribution?

When you hear the term Quantum Key Distribution (QKD), you may tend to immediately leave the page. After all, this is about quantum mechanics. However, Quantum Key Distribution is not about computations that can be 1 and 0 at the same time, but rather uses another fundamental principle of quantum mechanics. That something – in this case, an encryption key – changes as soon as you look at it. This is the basis for the secure exchange of keys between users/endpoints.

In this episode of Techzine Talks, we talk at length with Josh Slater of Q*Bird and Marc Hulzebos of Eurofiber. Q*Bird is a start-up affiliated with QuTech, the research institute of the Delft University of Technology. It deals with what it calls quantum secure networking. QKD is a part of this. Eurofiber is a company that deals with vital infrastructure, offering cloud services and building fibre-optic connections for the corporate market. We get to hear from these two different sides of the QKD spectrum about what it is, what it is for and when we all can start using it.

Techzine Talks season 3

Techzine Talks is already on its third season. Coen and Sander started this enterprise IT podcast in mid-2021. In 2022 they informed listeners every week about the latest IT news, information around tech events or through in-depth coverage of IT trends. Episodes are usually in Dutch, which is the reason Techzine Talks is not a weekly series on Techzine.eu. Maybe that will change in the future, for now, we only publish the occasional episodes we do record in English.

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