£80m funding to boost UK quantum technology programs

Funding intended to help progress this photonics-led technology but quantum researchers seeking £250m more.

The British Government has announced that more than £80 million ($105 million) will be given to four UK-based world-leading quantum technology development centres over the next five years to create new technologies for diverse applications. Likely target areas range from Internet security to vehicle driving assistance systems as well as life-saving equipment for search-and-rescue missions, and helping firefighters.

Quantum imaging technology is expected to help emergency services get a more accurate image before embarking on rescues. The technology could also see through snowstorms, around corners and map hidden underground hazards.