Into the Future with SQuaD
Innovations for Quantum Communication in Germany
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.
Project Partners in SQuaD
The central goal of the umbrella project is to ensure a sustainable transfer of technology from the scientific community to industry and to lay the foundations for the establishment of a German quantum communication industry. For this, SQuaD will bundle activities in the field of quantum communication throughout Germany and promote the dialog with other research hubs and start-up incubators in the field of classical communication technology and IT security.
The Project Partners in SQuaD are:
- Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB), Braunschweig
- Bundesamt für Sicherheit in der Informationstechnik (BSI), Bonn
- KEEQuant GmbH, Fürth
- Quantum Business Network UG, München
- Universität des Saarlandes (UdS), Saarbrücken
- Fraunhofer-Institut für System- und Innovationsforschung (ISI), Karlsruhe
- Fraunhofer-Institut für Angewandte Optik und Feinmechanik (IOF), Jena
- Fraunhofer Heinrich-Hertz-Institut (HHI), Berlin
- Leibniz Universität, Hannover (LUH)
News from SQuaD
SQuaD Partners from DIN and Experts from the Qcom Community are developing Norms and Standards: Standardization and certification can enable
IEC and ISO launch New Joint Technical Committee on Quantum Technologies: The scope of this new ISO/IEC joint technical committee
The Innovation Hub for Quantum Communication is intended to systematically link and thus further intensify Germany’s existing and comprehensive research performance in the field of quantum communication with the industrial development of components, systems and solutions for quantum communication. The Innovation Hub connects the active stakeholders, projects and current topics in quantum communication, rather than connecting individual, unrelated topics.
The Innovation Hub consists of the umbrella project SQuaD for services coordinating and supporting the extension of an independent quantum communication ecosystem in Germany and the following six industry-led projects:
Quantum Communication Ecosystem
Actors in the Field of Quantum Communication in Germany
SQuaD is a multifaceted network of joint projects in the field of quantum communication in Germany.
Events with SQuaD
28 February 2024, from 10.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. (CET): SQuaD-QBN-Workshop on Quantum Communication in Florence – Aiming to shape
Testbeds for Quantum Communication in Germany
SQuaD is the central point of contact for the expertise and infrastructure of quantum communication in Germany. The scope of SQuaD tasks includes the provision of testbeds and the creation of an overview of the numerous existing user platforms or testbeds in Germany that are available and usable for research and development in the field of quantum communication.
The testbeds include existing fiber optic networks (so-called dark fibers), free-beam links, base stations for satellite transmission, but also testbeds to characterize single-photon sources and detectors.
The testbed map shows where test labs for quantum communication experiments are currently located in Germany and for which topics they are suitable.
Please contact us if your existing or required testbed is not included on the map.
Positions in the SQuaD Network
Wissenschaftler:in (m / w / d) mit Promotion in der Quantentechnologie oder vergleichbar (24–20-QTZ) – bei der Physikalisch-Technischen Bundesanstalt (PTB)
Wissenschaftler:in (m / w / d) Freistrahloptische Kommunikation – beim Fraunhofer-Institut für Nachrichtentechnik, Heinrich-Hertz-Institut (HHI) in Berlin – Anstellung, Vergütung
Wissenschaftler:in (m / w / d) Photonik / Mach-Zehnder Modulatoren und Photodetektoren – beim Fraunhofer-Institut für Nachrichtentechnik, Heinrich-Hertz-Institut (HHI) in
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