Back­ground

Key Tech­no­lo­gy

Quan­tum Com­mu­ni­ca­ti­on: Secu­ri­ty for a Net­work­ed World

Quan­tum com­mu­ni­ca­ti­on is a key tech­no­lo­gy for ensu­ring the secu­ri­ty of digi­tal infra­struc­tures in our socie­ty. By exploi­ting quan­tum effects, it pro­mi­ses tap-pro­of data trans­mis­si­on within com­mu­ni­ca­ti­on and infor­ma­ti­on net­works. 

One of today’s most wide­ly rese­ar­ched appli­ca­ti­ons is that of quan­tum-based key dis­tri­bu­ti­on (QKD). In addi­ti­on to post-quan­tum cryp­to­gra­phy (PQC), this tech­no­lo­gy can signi­fi­cant­ly enhan­ce both IT secu­ri­ty and Germany’s tech­no­lo­gi­cal sove­reig­n­ty in a hyper­con­nec­ted world. 

Goals

Into the Future with SQuaD

Quan­tum Com­mu­ni­ca­ti­on – from Sci­ence to Busi­ness

Fol­lo­wing inten­si­ve rese­arch in the field of quan­tum com­mu­ni­ca­ti­on, the tech­no­lo­gi­cal leap from sci­ence to indus­try is now immi­nent. It is being sup­port­ed by SQuaD, the Umbrel­la Pro­ject for Quan­tum Com­mu­ni­ca­ti­on in Ger­ma­ny (Schirm­pro­jekt Quan­ten­kom­mu­ni­ka­ti­on Deutsch­land, SQuaD) within the Inno­va­ti­on Hub for Quan­tum Com­mu­ni­ca­ti­on. SQuaD will play a key role in ensu­ring the basic rese­arch and indus­try are opti­mal­ly net­work­ed and con­nec­ted in the coming years.

In clo­se exch­an­ge within the SQuaD net­work key play­ers from rese­arch and indus­try, such as the QuN­ET, QR.X, and DIVQ­Sec initia­ti­ves, will learn and bene­fit from each other. In addi­ti­on to enhan­ced coope­ra­ti­on, acti­vi­ties on stan­dar­diza­ti­on and cer­ti­fi­ca­ti­on are plan­ned within the invol­vement of cen­tral play­ers such as the Deut­sche Insti­tut für Nor­mung (DIN) in order to vali­da­te com­mer­cial explo­ita­ti­on stra­te­gies.

The Goals of SQuaD:

  • Enab­ling the tech­no­lo­gy leap from sci­ence to indus­try
  • Crea­ting a sus­tainable net­work bet­ween basic rese­arch and indus­try in the coming years and estab­li­shing an ongo­ing pro­fes­sio­nal dia­log bet­ween the sec­tors
  • Trans­fer­ring cur­rent quan­tum com­mu­ni­ca­ti­on tech­no­lo­gies sus­tain­ab­ly into indus­tri­al appli­ca­ti­ons
  • Estab­li­shing a com­pre­hen­si­ve rese­arch net­work as an inno­va­ti­on hub for quan­tum com­mu­ni­ca­ti­on in Ger­ma­ny
  • Lay­ing the foun­da­ti­on for inno­va­ti­ve, inter­na­tio­nal­ly com­pe­ti­ti­ve pro­ducts in this key area of tech­no­lo­gy
  • Actively sup­port­ing acti­vi­ties for the cer­ti­fi­ca­ti­on and stan­dar­diza­ti­on of quan­tum tech­no­lo­gies
  • Making a signi­fi­cant con­tri­bu­ti­on to Germany’s con­tin­ued lea­der­ship among the world’s top tech­no­lo­gy pro­vi­ders
Con­tri­bu­ti­on of SQuaD

Com­mer­cia­liza­ti­on of Quan­tum Com­mu­ni­ca­ti­on

Bols­te­ring Germany’s and Europe’s strong Role in the Com­mer­cia­liza­ti­on of Quan­tum Com­mu­ni­ca­ti­on

SQuaD is the cen­tral ele­ment of a broad-based rese­arch net­work being estab­lished within the Inno­va­ti­on Hub for Quan­tum Com­mu­ni­ca­ti­on in Ger­ma­ny to place Ger­ma­ny and Euro­pe at the fore­front of the quan­tum com­mu­ni­ca­ti­on mar­ket. The pro­ject will lay the foun­da­ti­on for inno­va­ti­ve and inter­na­tio­nal­ly com­pe­ti­ti­ve pro­ducts in this key tech­no­lo­gy area and as such make an important con­tri­bu­ti­on to ensu­re that Ger­ma­ny remains a world tech­no­lo­gy lea­der.

Tasks

Tasks of SQuaD

SQuaD estab­lishes struc­tures and car­ri­es out spe­ci­fic tasks to imple­ment tech­no­lo­gy trans­fer from sci­ence to indus­try. The­se struc­tures and tasks include in par­ti­cu­lar the fol­lo­wing:

Respon­si­bi­li­ties of SQuaD:

  • Lin­king stake­hol­ders from rese­arch and indus­try
  • Expan­ding exis­ting part­ner test­beds and rese­arch faci­li­ties into publicly available quan­tum com­mu­ni­ca­ti­on test­beds
  • Lay­ing the foun­da­ti­on for the emer­ging quan­tum com­mu­ni­ca­ti­on eco­sys­tem
  • Con­nec­ting the latest rese­arch out­puts with the indus­tri­al deve­lo­p­ment of com­pon­ents, sys­tems, and solu­ti­ons for quan­tum com­mu­ni­ca­ti­on
  • Incor­po­ra­ting key aspects from metro­lo­gy and cyber­se­cu­ri­ty into the pro­ject
  • Moni­to­ring glo­bal deve­lo­p­ments in quan­tum com­mu­ni­ca­ti­on and sha­ring them in regu­lar reports within the umbrel­la pro­ject
  • Deve­lo­ping a road­map for quan­tum com­mu­ni­ca­ti­on tech­no­lo­gies in Ger­ma­ny
  • Pro­mo­ting and coor­di­na­ting stan­dar­diza­ti­on and cer­ti­fi­ca­ti­on acti­vi­ties with the invol­vement of key play­ers such as the Deut­sche Insti­tut für Nor­mung (DIN)
Sup­port­ing

Sup­port­ing Tech­no­lo­gy Trans­fer

Sup­port­ing the strong role of Ger­ma­ny and Euro­pe in the com­mer­cia­liza­ti­on of quan­tum com­mu­ni­ca­ti­on:

SQuaD is the cen­tral ele­ment of a broad-based rese­arch net­work being estab­lished within the Inno­va­ti­on Hub for Quan­tum Com­mu­ni­ca­ti­on in Ger­ma­ny to place Ger­ma­ny and Euro­pe at the fore­front of the quan­tum com­mu­ni­ca­ti­on mar­ket.

The pro­ject will lay the foun­da­ti­on for inno­va­ti­ve and inter­na­tio­nal­ly com­pe­ti­ti­ve pro­ducts in this key tech­no­lo­gy area and as such make an important con­tri­bu­ti­on to ensu­re that Ger­ma­ny remains a world tech­no­lo­gy lea­der.

SQuaD sup­ports Tech­no­lo­gy Trans­fer through:

  • Work­shops and joint ven­tures
  • Patent and start-up con­sul­ting
  • Con­sul­ting in the field of stan­dar­diza­ti­on and cer­ti­fi­ca­ti­on of quan­tum com­mu­ni­ca­ti­on
  • Trai­ning and fur­ther edu­ca­ti­on offers
  • Online infor­ma­ti­on plat­form
  • Moni­to­ring and road­map­ping
Fund

Find out more about the Fund for the Expan­si­on of the Exis­ting Test­bed Infra­struc­tu­re