The organiser of the event, Thales — a French multinational company that designs and builds electrical systems and provides services for the aerospace, defence, transportation and security, presented an immersive tour of Europe’s top physics research unit to show how quantum physics is pushing back the boundaries of sensor technologies and communication systems.
A total of 70 practical applications of this research centre.
Star guests from the world of science and industry would be taking part in the the event that would continue till November 29. It includes Albert Fert (Nobel Prize in Physics 2007), Jean-Marc Jancovici (Founder and President of The Shift Project), Alexandre de Juniac (IATA Director General and CEO) and Pascale Senellart (research director at the Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Paris-Saclay University, Paris-Sud University, CNRS).
A day before the event on November 25, Thales and its academic and research partners organised a presentation at Saclay to highlight European excellence in quantum research: from cold atoms to flawed diamonds and superconductors, scientific progress in quantum physics has the potential to harness unexploited properties of matter and unleash a whole host of new opportunities.
Thales is working on these new properties to develop the next generation of quantum sensors, relying on the exact same technological building blocks as quantum computers. Quantum encryption too, could soon lead to communication systems that are completely secure and trustworthy.
Thales has also been selected to take part in the European OPENQKD initiative as part of the Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT) consortium chosen by the European Commission to install infrastructure in several European countries to test quantum communication networks.
In Toulouse, the group would also present the brain of tomorrow’s aircraft and show what flying will be like in the future — clean, comfortable and on time.
Thales had launched InnovDays in 2012 as a way for its customers and partners to gain exclusive insights into the technological excellence of its research facilities. Since then, successive InnovDays events have turned the spotlight on the latest technological innovations developed by more than 29,500 Thales engineers and researchers.
“InnovDays is an illustration of Thales’s outstanding technological capabilities and the passion displayed by our 29,500 engineers for helping our customers step up to society’s major challenges through innovation.” said Marko Erman, Chief Technology Officer, Thales.
As an expert in critical systems, Thales is conducting in-depth research into both digital technologies and deep tech solutions to develop a portfolio of products based on a common core of technological building blocks.
Thales is a global technology leader, provides solutions, services and products to customers in the aeronautics, space, transport, digital identity and security, and defence markets. With 80,000 employees in 68 countries, Thales generated sales of €19 billion in 2018 (on a pro forma basis including Gemalto). Thales is investing in particular in digital innovations — connectivity, Big Data, artificial intelligence and cybersecurity — technologies that support businesses, organisations and governments in their decisive moments.
(The journalist covered the event by Thales on special invitation.)
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