Quantum computing is used in two areas, mainly: large-scale simulations and optimisation processes
Quantum technology applied to industry was one of the highlights of the IndustryTalks conference. The best-known part of this technology is quantum computing, where traditional computer bits have been replaced with a new information unit: qubits.
Quantum physics is based on concepts that are very different from classical physics: quantum parallelism, that is, the superposition of values 0 and 1 in a qubit, or quantum entanglement, which is even harder to understand and enables the quantum states of two or more objects to have the same behaviour, even when the objects are separate in space.
Large-scale simulations and optimisation processes
Quantum computing is used in two areas, mainly: large-scale simulations and optimisation processes. Quantum sensors to scan images with high precision will be used for vehicle and aircraft navigation. Another practical application would be quantum cryptography, which can generate random large numbers to guarantee secure “noiseless” communications.
As regards industry 4.0, quantum technology will be applied to the simulation of new materials and the optimisation of logistics. Quantum accelerometers will complement current sat navs for navigation inside a tunnel or a mine. In agriculture, qubits will be used to optimise crops and create more eco-friendly fertilisers. In short, it opens up a whole new world of applications.