ID Quantique (IDQ), a global leader in quantum-based cybersecurity solutions, today announces the establishment of an independent company and Center of Competence (CoC) for quantum communications in Austria: ID Quantique Europe. This European presence will allow IDQ to provide technology and business expertise to ensure Europe's technological sovereignty.
Opening of ID Quantique Europe
Actively shaping the future of quantum information technologies for communication and computing in Europe has always been part of IDQ's mission. ID Quantique Europe supports the European Union (EU) aspirations to remain at the forefront of quantum technologies and to retain and develop new quantum talent in Europe.
ID Quantique has a long tradition of strong partnerships with European universities, research institutes and industry. A physical presence in the EU is therefore a logical and timely step for IDQ to support EU efforts towards technology sovereignty. Like Switzerland, Austria is an early pioneer with almost 30 years of tradition in quantum information research.
Austrian institutes and research groups play a key role in many European initiatives such as the Quantum Flagship or the European Quantum Communication Infrastructure. IDQ has developed a close working relationship with these Austrian organizations over the years, which was the deciding factor in opening the new CoC in Vienna. The Austrian Business Agency (ABA), the Federal Ministry for Climate Policy (BMK) and the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) have strongly supported the expansion of IDQ to Austria, laying the foundation for future deep-tech development and economy in the Vienna region placed.
The aim of IDQ Europe is to gradually create a European chain of custody covering the entire value chain, from research and development, product design and manufacturing to certification activities, after-sales service and support for all of Europe. IDQ Europe aims to create highly qualified jobs and know-how in Austria. IDQ Europe is also committed to building strong national and European partnerships and will continue to be a strong voice in Europe to maintain this leadership position in quantum initiatives and overall to help strengthen the EU's technological competitiveness.
“By setting up this CoC, we want to make our contribution to the leadership of Europe as a continent. Quantum physics was discovered in Europe about 100 years ago. Now, as we enter the second quantum revolution, we at IDQ believe that the focus of this revolution must remain in Europe," said Gregoire Ribordy, Founder and CEO of ID Quantique. "Companies and research institutes in the EU and neighboring countries who Sharing the same traditions and values must work together to unlock the full potential of quantum technologies and make our world a brighter place."
"The IDQ Europe CoC will contribute to the value creation of quantum technologies in the EU with domestic technology development and innovative services," said Victor Canivell, non-executive director of IDQ Europe.
"Quantum technologies promise answers to problems that cannot currently be solved with any other technology and are a strategic key for the future success of economies," said Margarete Schramböck, Austrian Minister for Economic Affairs and Digital Affairs. "Companies that are pioneering in this area and thus drive development forward, are essential drivers for a country's competitiveness. We therefore welcome the new independent CoC of the IDQ in Austria all the more."
“Quantum technologies are the best prerequisite for really energy-saving Green IT. We are very pleased that ID Quantique has chosen Austria as the location for its CoC in quantum communication. For the very fertile Austrian research landscape in the field of quantum technologies, this is a most welcome enrichment on the way to European technology leadership," commented Leonore Gewessler, Austrian Minister for Climate Change.
"IDQ has a proven track record of deep technological innovations to secure our critical infrastructure and global communication networks with quantum technologies that benefit our society," said René Tritscher, CEO of ABA. "We are delighted that IDQ has chosen Austria to to continue on its successful path with strong cooperations in Austria and in Europe."
"We are pleased that ID Quantique, as a Swiss company, has founded a CoC in the field of quantum communication in Austria and is securing highly qualified jobs with this high-tech and research center. Congratulations on your project," emphasized Klaus Pseiner, Managing Director of the Austrian Research Promotion Agency FFG.
Florian Frowis – General Manager, ID Quantique Europe, [email protected] or + 43 (0) 680 123 87 19