Switzerland will be using quantum cryptography technology on October 21, 2007, for its parliamentary elections.
Still considered an area of advanced research, quantum cryptography uses photons to carry encryption keys to secure communications over fiber-optic lines and can automatically detect if anyone is trying to eavesdrop on a communications stream.
The quantum cryptography system that will be used this time round is made by id Quantiqu, a Swiss company. The device will secure the link between the central ballot-counting station and a government data center.
Can you think of any possible usage for quantum cryptography in your company? Do you think using quantum cryptography in elections is overkill?
Paul Mah is a writer and blogger who lives in Singapore, where he has worked for a number of years in various capacities within the IT industry. Paul enjoys tinkering with tech gadgets, smartphones, and networking devices.