Qunnect technology reimagines cybersecurity protection

Via the Rochester Business Journal
August 20, 2021

Qunnect is premiering Quantum Memory, a foundational technology that will support Quantum Internet to aid in preventing cybersecurity breaches. (Photo provided)
Qunnect is premiering Quantum Memory, a foundational technology that will support Quantum Internet to aid in preventing cybersecurity breaches. (Photo provided)

Qunnect is one of the startups with optics, imaging and photonics-enabled technologies that’s working with NextCorps’ Luminate NY accelerator as part of its fourth cohort. Qunnect received an initial investment of $50,000 as a non-competing regional participant, which allows them to take part in the six-month program to speed the commercialization of their technology and business. On September 30th at Finals 2021, 10 finalist teams in Luminate’s fourth cohort will compete for up to $2 million in follow-on investment. Funding for the $25 million program is being provided through the Finger Lakes Forward Upstate Revitalization Initiative.

“Participants come to Luminate with brilliant ideas and a passion for solving perplexing problems across a diverse range of industries,” said Dr. Sujatha Ramanujan, managing director of Luminate. “They graduate with the support and acumen they need to bring those ideas to life. Qunnect is just one of those companies and is well poised to transform our digital telecommunications infrastructure to one that is ultra secure and capable of extraordinary capabilities.”

We caught up with Mehdi Namazi, chief strategy officer of Qunnect, to discuss how the company is enabling the Quantum Internet to protect against growing cybersecurity threats.

Tell us about your company.

Qunnect is building the next generation of telecommunications devices to enable scalable, quantum-secure networking. These technologies provide unprecedented sensitivity to eavesdropping, protecting communications networks from a growing number of cyberattacks that threaten businesses, infrastructure and governments around the globe. Our products are designed for real-world operation and deployment without the need for extreme cooling or vacuum support, and are compatible with existing telecommunications infrastructure. We are the first company in the world to commercialize a Quantum Memory, a foundational technology for future protocols and network architectures supporting the Quantum Internet. We plan to launch prototypes of our core product suite by early 2022 for pilot testing on commercial telecom fiber beds connecting NYC to Long Island.

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