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June 23, 2021 | Tom Ballard

Quantum Lock’s Erica Grant secures second patent

Erica Grant, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Quantum Lock Technologies LLC, has been awarded her second patent. The first one was issued October 6, 2020.

In a post this week on social media, she said that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) had issued Patent #10,990,356 with the title “Tamper-Resistant Smart Factory.” The application was filed August 20, 2020 and awarded on April 27.

As described on the USPTO site, the patent covers “an access restriction system having a true random number generator (TRNG) to generate true random keys based on quantum-level physical properties and hub computer to provide those keys. An access-restricted component executes one or more tasks in response to receiving a verified task instruction. A component computer associated with the access-restricted component receives true random keys from the hub computer and stores the keys to a memory. A controller provides a task request to the component computer that includes a task instruction paired with a key. The component computer then verifies the task instruction by comparing and ensuring that the true random key stored to the memory matches the key received from the controller with the task request and then provides the verified task to the access-restricted component. The access-restricted component then carries out the verified task instruction.”

Grant, who is a participant in Cohort 4 of the “Innovation Crossroads” program at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, was also recognized recently as a honoree in the 2021 listing of the “Forbes Next 1000.″

Quantum Lock’s centralized hub, lock module, and proprietary software provides what the company describes as “unparalleled security, real-time detection, and ledger updates. We build the brains to make access control systems smarter.”

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