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Two ORNL technologies win Federal Laboratory Consortium awards

A LandScan image of population distributions. The ORNL-developed LandScan/LandCast Population Datasets and the Quantum Random Number Generator received national Excellence in Technology Transfer awards from the Federal Laboratory Consortium.

OAK RIDGE, Tenn., March 13, 2019 – Two technologies from the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have received national Excellence in Technology Transfer awards from the Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer: “Qrypt Licensing of Quantum Random Number Generator from ORNL” and “Strategic Licensing of the LandScan/LandCast Population Datasets.”

ORNL received two of the six FLC awards given to DOE national labs recognizing the successful transfer of federal laboratory technologies to the marketplace.

Qrypt Licensing of Quantum Random Number Generator from ORNL. Qrypt, Inc., has exclusively licensed a novel cyber security technology from ORNL that promises a stronger defense against cyberattacks including those posed by quantum computing.

Qrypt will incorporate ORNL’s quantum random number generator into the company’s existing encryption platform, using inherent quantum randomness to create unique and unpredictable encryption keys enabling virtually impenetrable communications. ORNL researchers are Raphael Pooser, Travis Humble, Brian Williams, Bing Qi and Benjamin Lawrie. Commercialization was led by Eugene Cochran.

Strategic Licensing of the LandScan/LandCast Population Datasets. The LandScan Global Population Datasets have been actively and successfully licensed for 15 years, demonstrating a sustained technology transfer success story due to the continued need across all user communities – federal, research, and public. The annually released datasets have become the industry standard for population distribution. LandCast is a relatively new dataset duo that projects future population distributions for the years 2030 and 2050.

ORNL researchers are Amy Rose, Marie Urban, Jake McKee, Aaron Myers, Eddie Bright (retired) and Budhu Bhaduri. Commercialization was led by David Sims.

ORNL is managed by UT-Battelle for the Department of Energy’s Office of Science, the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States. DOE’s Office of Science is working to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time. For more information, please visit http://science.energy.gov/.