QuintessenceLabs and their cybersecurity communication system is one of 20 businesses to join forces with Boeing in their Advanced Autonomous Platform Technologies project.
A world-leader in quantum technology, QuintessenceLabs’ security systems deliver the strongest data protection against conventional and quantum threats.
Vice President of Strategic Business Development, Dr Jane Melia, said cybersecurity was a critical element in the operation of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV).
We asked Jane more about their work with Boeing in this critical project.
How did you become involved in the project? And when?
QuintessenceLabs became involved in this project in 2018 following participating in Boeing’s supplier day in Townsville, where Boeing was looking for small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs) that could work with them on the project. This supplier day was a catalyst – we had worked with them for a while – but it was an exciting opportunity to further strengthen our partnership.
What is the technical challenge that you’re working on with Boeing for their project?
Boeing was working to strengthen the security of its UAVs and QuintessenceLabs is the leader in quantum cybersecurity systems capable of efficiently addressing these challenges.
We developed a simulator for a secure communications subsystem. These incorporated technologies to deliver the strongest encryption possible, with quantum random number generation capabilities.
In essence, we developed the highest-security possible – really important these days in a world where cyber attacks are becoming more sophisticated. Boeing needed a level of security which ensured that no one could hack these UAVs and take control. Quantum technology combined with advanced classical security techniques provide a really strong basis for defeating complex cyber attacks.
How would you describe gaining a contract with Boeing? What did it mean to Quintessence Labs?
This partnership is built on a long-standing relationship with Boeing and we are very pleased to be working with them toward joint activities under the APPT program and the Advance Queensland initiative. It was certainly a very positive opportunity to further strengthen our ties with such a global leader.
How important do you think a project like this is to Queensland?
As we continue with this type of project, we see the opportunity to strengthen our presence, bringing along high-tech industry, with cutting edge, strategic technology, and associated local job opportunities.
The Queensland Government provided $18 million to the Advanced Autonomous Platform Technologies project in 2018, with the aim of boosting Queensland’s industrial capability in developing next-level UAV technologies.