- This is the second patent in 2015 to be awarded for technology that the company exclusively licensed from Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) to develop enterprise solutions for entropy management as well as quantum key management (QKM).
- The invention covered by this patent allows for the miniaturization of quantum key technology and its use on pre-existing optical fiber networks, which will enable the deployment of QKM in environments such as data centers and corporate campuses.
Boston (May 11 2015) – Whitewood Encryption Systems, Inc., a developer of next-generation systems of data encryption that leverage advanced cryptography technologies emerging from U.S. centers of research excellence, announced today that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has issued U.S. Patent No. 9,002,009 with claims covering miniaturized hardware that can be fabricated at-scale to facilitate secure multi-party quantum cryptography and secure all types of communications.
“This patent enhances Whitewood’s robust portfolio of intellectual property in quantum key management, providing practical solutions for large-scale, cost effective implementations,” said John Serafini, Vice President of Allied Minds, the parent company of Whitewood. “This technology provides us with the opportunity to develop fast, low-latency cryptography systems with the potential to surpass existing enterprise security protocols.”
Historically, systems for quantum communications have been cumbersome, hand-made and expensive, with architectures that are incompatible with deployed optical fiber networks and secure communications infrastructures. Because of these mismatches, it has been too expensive to retrofit today’s communications networks with quantum communications. The technology covered by this patent allows for the miniaturization and cost-effective fabrication of quantum key technology, and its deployment as an overlay on pre-existing optical fiber networks, to create an affordable, and practical, means of bringing the advantages of QKM to almost any organization.
“To make quantum cryptography practical, we had to rethink the system architecture and design. The expensive part of the hardware needed for quantum communications has been moved to a central server, where its costs can be amortized across many inexpensive nano-scale user devices. This provides the additional benefit of allowing users to disconnect devices from the network and still enjoy the benefits of quantum security,” said Jane Nordholt, who led the team of eight inventors that were named on the patent and who developed the technology while working at LANL in New Mexico.
The other inventors named on the patent include, Richard Hughes, Raymond Newell, Charles Glen Peterson, Danna Rosenberg, Kevin McCabe, Kush T. Tyagi and Nicholas Dallmann. Whitewood is a subsidiary company of Allied Minds Federal Innovations (AMFI), the division of Allied Minds (LSE: ALM) dedicated to commercializing federal intellectual property.