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Honeywell Unit Offers First-Ever Quantum-Created Encryption Key

  • Company says quantum computing’s power improves security
  • Product to compete against offerings from Amazon, Microsoft

Quantinuum, the quantum computing unit recently spun off from Honeywell International Inc., is offering the world’s first commercial product created solely by a quantum computer, opening the door to what the company sees as a $1 trillion potential long-term market for quantum services. 

The quantum computing-generated offering is for encryption keys that Quantinuum says are uniquely random and can’t be predicted, a milestone in using cutting-edge computing for a practical business problem, Tony Uttley, the company’s president, said in an interview. Traditional computers already generate encrypted keys -- but Quantinuum says it takes security a step further with vastly improved randomly generated keys that are essentially impervious to hacking by conventional computers.