Quantum Links/Next Gen Encryption
As communication technology advance, maintaing and improving data transfer security has become an important field of research. New quantum technologies allow for high-speed data transfer with maximum security efficiency. There are several leaps these technologies must overcome in order to become applicable in the industry. Quantum Key Distribution (QKD) helps solve the issue of distributing unconditionally-secure cryptographic keys between two parties. Enabling QKD from space is a critical step for developing a secure global network. The National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) was able to use the SOTA lasercom terminal onboard the LEO satellite SOCRATES to demonstrate the first successful measurement of a quantum-limited signal from a satellite from a station on the ground with a Quantum Bit Error Rate (QBER) below 5%.