Stony Brook startup awarded competitive grant from the U.S. Department of Energy
Qunnect LLC, a spin-off venture from the Quantum Information Technology group at Stony Brook University, has received a $120,000 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) award from the U.S. Department of Energy to conduct research and development work on building commercialized quantum communication networks.
A team of researchers in Stony Brook University’s Department of Physics and Astronomy created a technology that uses quantum memory applications at room temperatures to securely store and transfer information. Unlike digital communication, the security of quantum networks does not depend on mathematical algorithms and is inherently more secure and reliable.
Qunnect, LLC signed an exclusive license agreement with the Research Foundation for SUNY to further develop the technology. The Long Island company is developing a commercial toolbox of quantum devices specifically designed, optimized and engineered for room-temperature, ultra-secure, long-distance quantum communication networks. Networking these devices will extend the transmission distance geometrically beyond their current limits.
Qunnect, LLC is part of the Stony Brook Incubator Program and is housed in the New York State Center of Excellence in Wireless and Information Technology (CEWIT) at Stony Brook University. The company aims to be at the forefront of a historic transformation of the communications and computing industries.
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