ID Quantique (company)

ID Quantique (company)

ID Quantique is a company developing quantum cybersecurity products, quantum scientific instrumentation, and quantum random number generation.

ID Quantique (IDQ) is a company offering products in the fields of quantum-safe cryptography, scientific instrumentation, and random number generation.

IDQ's headquarters are in Geneva, Switzerland, with sales offices and research labs in Bristol, United Kingdom, Boston, USA, and Seol, South Korea.

The company was founded in 2001 by four scientists, including Nicolas Gisin, from the University of Geneva. Initially, it operated as a small university spin-off, working on research projects demonstrating the feasibility of Quantum Key Distribution (QKD).

In late 2003, IDQ developed it's first QKD products for data centers. From 2010 onwards IDQ rolled out quantum-safe crypto solutions in both commercial and government markets worldwide. In October 2013 IDQ received $5.6M in funding from investors Quantum Wave Fund.

In 2016 IDQ raised additional capital from SK Telecom, with whom they developed the world’s smallest Quantum Random Number Generator (RNG). In April 2018, ID Quantique raised $65M from SK Telecom to further develop quantum technologies for the telecom and IoT markets. Deutsche Telecom also invested in 2018.

Quantum-safe Cryptography

IDQ offers QKD, quantum key generation, and quantum-safe network encryption. Their products have been used in a wide range of industries, including:

  • Cloud and Data Centres
  • Banking
  • Defense
  • Telecommunications
  • Health
  • Automotive

Quantum Sensing

IDQ provides visible and infrared single-photon counters as well as timing electronics. These can sold as individual components or as part of a fully integrated solution for applications such as:

  • Optical Time-Domain Reflectometer (OTDR)
  • Light Detection And Ranging (LiDAR)
  • Time-Correlated Single Photon Counting (TCSPC)

Quantum Random Number Generation

IDQ began developing quantum random number generators in 2001. Standard RNGs are deterministic in nature and produce pseudo-random numbers. The fundamental randomness of quantum physics is ideal for the development of RNGs.

IDQ's quantum RNGs have been used in industries like:

  • Banking
  • Data Centers
  • Gaming and Lotteries
  • Cryptography
  • Telecommunications


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ID Quantique funding round, October 2013
October 15, 2013
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Benoît Lamamy

Senior Vice President, Finance

Christophe Gaillard

Senior Vice President, Head of R&D

Gregoire Ribordy

Vice-Chairman & CEO

JinHyo Park

Board Member - CTO SK Telecom

Marc Nikles

Senior Vice President, Quantum Sensing

Prof. Nicolas Gisin

Co-Founder & Chairman

Sean Kwak

Executive Vice President, Innovation

Tony Ha

Board Member – SVP of Global Alliance SK Telecom

Further reading


Documentaries, videos and podcasts


Quantum Sensing technology by ID Quantique





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