Agile Quantum Safe Communications (AQuaSec)


Much of the cryptography we rely on everyday is based on the difficulty of certain mathematical operations, such as finding the prime factors of a very large integer. However, recent advances in quantum computing means that these difficult math problems might soon be solved efficiently, with a potentially serious impact upon our security and digital economy. This project will develop technologies for "quantum-safe" communications, which are not threatened by a quantum computer. It will combine efficient implementations of new quantum-resistant algorithms and techniques from quantum cryptography, which are immune to all advances in computing, including quantum computing. The project will build prototypes, test their security and demonstrate their benefits to end users.

Lead Participant

Project Cost

Grant Offer

Toshiba Research Europe Limited, CAMBRIDGE £3,531,245 £ 1,765,623


Queen's University of Belfast, United Kingdom £311,226 £ 311,226
University of Glasgow, United Kingdom £262,023 £ 262,023
Tethered Drone Systems Ltd, Portsmouth £37,753 £ 26,427
University of Cambridge, United Kingdom £442,997 £ 442,997
Npl Management Limited, TEDDINGTON £384,132 £ 384,132
Royal Holloway Univ of London, Egham £326,731 £ 326,731
Dashboard Limited £278,246 £ 194,773
Iqe Plc, CARDIFF £479,949 £ 239,974
Bay Photonics Ltd £480,220 £ 336,294
B P International Ltd, United Kingdom £107,759
Heriot-Watt University, United Kingdom £199,004 £ 199,004
Senetas Europe Limited, Basingstoke £295,548 £ 177,329
Kets Quantum Security Ltd, Bristol £1,004,595 £ 703,217
Bt Limited £363,590 £ 168,595
University of Sheffield, United Kingdom £260,397 £ 260,397


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