Cryptographer Jean-Jacques Quisquater Joins NGRAVE to Support Hardware Security Innovation

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CommPRO Editorial Staff

Jean-Jacques Quisquater, one of the most prolific cryptographers in the world, has joined NGRAVE as an advisor. Quisquater, who was referenced in the original Bitcoin white paper, will work with NGRAVE on cryptographic security, algorithms, and protocols as it introduces the world’s most secure cryptocurrency hardware wallet, the NGRAVE ZERO. 

“We’re honored that Jean-Jacques Quisquater sees the potential in NGRAVE to change the way people manage their digital assets,” said Ruben Merre, CEO and Co-Founder of NGRAVE. “With half a century of experience in cryptography, his insights will be invaluable as we execute on our vision to make NGRAVE the most trusted and respected name in cryptocurrency hardware wallets.” 

Quisquater has co-authored 220 scientific papers and owns 20 patents. He designed the cryptographic CORSAIR and FAME coprocessors from Philips and NXP, which are used in 85 percent of electronic passports in the world. He also designed the GQ protocol now used in hundreds of millions of computers. He is a professor emeritus at Université catholique de Louvain in Brussels. 

“While cryptography has been studied for decades, the world is just starting to see it’s true potential as it’s applied to cryptocurrencies. Companies like NGRAVE will provide the security mechanisms needed to make true adoption a reality,” said Jean-Jacques Quisquater. 

The NGRAVE ZERO uses the most advanced cryptographic protocols along with firmware that has earned the highest security certification in the world, EAL7. Units are already in production, with shipments planned for October 2020. Buyers can purchase an NGRAVE ZERO through the company’s Indiegogo campaign launching May 26, 2020. 

The NGRAVE ZERO was developed in collaboration with world leaders in applied industrial cryptography, nanoelectronics, and chip manufacturing, and is made in Belgium to ensure the highest level of quality. The NGRAVE ZERO uses the most advanced cryptographic protocols along with firmware that has earned the highest security certification in the world, EAL7.

NGRAVE has received grants from the Flemish Government, the European Commission, and the Web 3 Foundation along with private investments to develop its fully offline hardware wallet. Whereas competing hardware wallets like Ledger and Trezor rely on a USB connection or Bluetooth, NGRAVE removes the need for any connection (USB, WiFi, 4G, Bluetooth, NFC), instead using wall charging and QR codes to remain fully air gapped even while conducting transactions and creating accounts. All of these features are packaged in a design-focused user interface with a 4-inch touchscreen.