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£9m Quantum Data Centre of The Future Project

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PRESS RELEASE —KETS Quantum Security is part of the £9m Quantum Data Centre of the Future project, funded by the UKRI who have announced £50m in funding for UK quantum industrial projects.

Data centres are at the very heart of the economy, and thanks to the increasing demand of the digital age, there are now more than 450 data centres in the UK.

As the amount of data and the complexity of that data increases, the systems in the data centres become more complex.

With ORCA Computing heading up the project, we’ll be exploring how quantum systems can help manage and secure this ever-increasing complexity together with the project partners listed below.

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Chris Erven, CEO at KETS said, ‘in today’s world we don’t go 30 seconds with touching digital technology, all of which is networked, none of which is quantum-safe, and increasingly it’s being processed and stored as high-value treasure troves of information in data centres. We’re incredibly excited to work with our partners in this grant to change that and hugely appreciative of Innovative UK recognising and supporting us in this long-term vision. Tomorrow we’ll be making all of the classical data you’re sending to the cloud quantum-safe. The day after we’ll help make the quantum data you’re sending to ORCA’s quantum computers safe as well.’

KETS Quantum Security are leading a collaborative team in developing quantum-safe communications solutions for the modern data centre. The project will not only target the internal operation of modern data centres, but also critically how users can access data and computing resources remotely. This will provide a future-proof system that is secured against both conventional and quantum computing attacks.

The consortium aims to use a wide set of tools to solve these real-world problems, including Quantum Random Number Generation, Quantum Key Distribution and Post-Quantum Cryptography. Working with BT, the team will deploy solutions into metro networks and data centres for critical real-world validation.

Jake Kennard, CAO at KETS said “We’re delighted to be involved in the Quantum Data Centre of the Future project. We’re excited to be working with such a talented group of industry leaders, bringing together experts in quantum technologies & cybersecurity, data centres and telecommunications to develop communications for the data centre of the future. These direct collaborations across the value chain will enable the development of solutions that can be deployed not only in the future, but also today”

Read more about the projects funded here.

At KETS Quantum Security, we’re passionate about solving real-world security problems using the unique advantages of quantum technologies. KETS is a UK-based technology firm specialising in quantum-safe communications. Our Quantum Key Distribution and Quantum Random Number Generator hardware provide the ability to send secret and secure keys, without the fear of being intercepted. This ensures that we can future-proof communications networks, ensuring that today’s most important asset, data, is kept safe.

Our unique chip-based solutions, based on technology developed over a decade at the University of Bristol, provide ultra-low size, weight and power without compromising performance.

Project Partners:



Digital Catapult

Imperial College London

NCC Group Security Services Limited

NCC Operations Limited

ORCA Computing Limited

PQShield Ltd


University College London

University of Bath

University of Bristol

University of Southampton


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James Dargan

James Dargan is a writer and researcher at The Quantum Insider. His focus is on the QC startup ecosystem and he writes articles on the space that have a tone accessible to the average reader.

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