US company Light Rider, a quantum Li-Fi company, has unveiled its first quantum encryption products that could revolutionise network security for businesses and individuals.

The company has combined Li-Fi, a wireless communication technology that utilises light to transmit data between devices, and quantum encryption technology for individual users. By bringing the two technologies together, Light Rider said that it was setting the stage for a new type of wireless networking with unparalleled security, improved speed and reduced latency.

The release of Light Rider’s first products will give users instant quantum encryption right out of the box with Li-Fi infrastructure coming in the future.

Light Rider recently filed patents for its technology and its first two products will be available for purchase later this year. Light Rider LT and Light Rider Quantum both leverage quantum technologies, one using quantum software and the other with an onboard quantum processor. The end user will be able to connect a variety of devices, including computers and mobile phones, through a software application. Next, the end user can select the data they wish to encrypt using Light Rider’s devices.

Light Rider’s product suite mitigates security risks by using light to transmit and encrypt data rather than radio waves traditionally used for Wi-Fi connections. By using the existing light in the physical workspace of the user, hackers will not be able to access the connection remotely, making it nearly impossible to hack. In addition, all Light Rider products leverage the power of quantum computing to encrypt data to ensure maximum security.

“Traditional methods and technologies are full of vulnerabilities, so we created Light Rider to design and develop products that would enable the most secure network encryption possible,” said Tony Lawrence, CEO and founder of Light Rider. “There is a global race to operationalise quantum technology, meaning those inflicting cyberthreats will have access to this superior technology. Our mission at Light Rider is to equip businesses, organisations and individuals with powerful, quantum Li-Fi technology that will protect their data, as we strive to create products that are un-hackable.”

The prevalence of cyberattacks continues to grow, with ransomware attacks increasing by 148 percent in March 2020. Today’s internet is easily hacked but the planned quantum internet will dramatically improve security. The quantum internet will allow quantum devices to exchange and process information within the quantum realm, enabling unprecedented capabilities. Light Rider products will work on both the conventional internet and the future quantum internet. As quantum data leaves fibre optic uplinks, Light Rider will be able to deliver it directly to IoT devices while secured by quantum encryption.

Designed for businesses with highly sensitive data, such as health care organisations, financial institutions or government agencies, Light Rider’s current products, and those in development, will offer a variety of benefits, including:

·Security: Quantum LiFi isn’t exposed to the same vulnerabilities as Wi-Fi. When Light Rider’s Li-Fi products are connected to a lighting system, users restrict access to everyone who is not physically near the light source. Additionally, quantum software and hardware integrated into Light Rider’s products add another level of security, encrypting the data.

·Speed: Light Rider’s Li-Fi products create a connection through light, enabling the signals and data to transmit at a speed of 1 billion bits per second. For comparison, Wi-Fi connections made through radio waves transmit data at a speed that’s approximately 100 times slower than the connection made through Li-Fi.

·Improved Connection/Reduced Latency: With the high number of devices using Wi-Fi to transmit data, there are often latency issues and the spectrum of radio waves available to transmit data is finite. However, the number of light waves available for Li-Fi connections is about 10,000 times larger.