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New guidance published for quantum technology businesses

New guidance published for quantum technology businesses

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The UK National Quantum Technologies Programme (UKNQTP) has published a roadmap to help guide UK businesses and organisations working in the growing field of quantum science.

Quantum theory explains how light and matter behaves and new science developed over the last two decades can create and manipulate naturally occurring quantum effects.

The science is expected to have a major impact on the finance, defence, aerospace, energy and telecommunications sectors.

The new guidance, unveiled at a recent UKNQTP event at the Royal Society in London, identifies a series of technologies that have the potential for commercial application over the next few years.

These include:

  • Gravity imaging for use in oil and gas exploration, archaeology and space exploration
  • Quantum sensors for navigation, banking, trains, health monitoring, instant texting and defence
  • Quantum computing for the solution of complex problems or large challenges beyond existing computers


The roadmap identifies four key areas where the UK should concentrate its efforts:

  • Growing a skilled UK workforce in quantum technologies
  • Creating the right social and regulatory context
  • Maximising UK benefit through international engagement
  • Preserving the UK advantage


Dr Richard Murray, Innovate UK’s emerging technologies and industries technologist, said: “Quantum technology may sound like science fiction, yet the reality is that it has the power to transform many aspects of our daily lives, from the way we communicate to the way we manage our health.”

 Download the roadmap here 








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