SQuaD – The Umbrel­la Pro­ject for Quan­tum Com­mu­ni­ca­ti­on in Ger­ma­ny

Ger­ma­ny is poo­ling its Exper­ti­se in the Field of Quan­tum Com­mu­ni­ca­ti­on:

The Umbrel­la Pro­ject SQuaD is brin­ging Key Part­ners tog­e­ther within the Inno­va­ti­on Hub –

Quan­tum com­mu­ni­ca­ti­on pro­mi­ses tap-pro­of data trans­mis­si­on by making use of quan­tum mecha­ni­cal effects. One of today’s most wide­ly rese­ar­ched appli­ca­ti­ons is that of quan­tum key dis­tri­bu­ti­on (QKD). Fol­lo­wing inten­si­ve rese­arch in this field, the tech­no­lo­gi­cal leap from sci­ence to indus­try is now immi­nent. In the Inno­va­ti­on Hub for Quan­tum Com­mu­ni­ca­ti­on, the Ger­man Fede­ral Minis­try of Edu­ca­ti­on and Rese­arch (BMBF) is fun­ding 36 insti­tu­ti­ons in order to fos­ter con­nec­tions bet­ween rese­arch insti­tu­tes and indus­try. The accom­pany­ing umbrel­la pro­ject known as SQuaD is being coor­di­na­ted by the Phy­si­ka­lisch-Tech­ni­sche Bun­des­an­stalt (PTB) in clo­se coope­ra­ti­on with Germany’s Fede­ral Office for Infor­ma­ti­on Secu­ri­ty (BSI). The project’s aim is to bring tog­e­ther stake­hol­ders from rese­arch and indus­try while also working to expand the exis­ting test envi­ron­ments for quan­tum com­mu­ni­ca­ti­on tech­no­lo­gy.

“Our pri­ma­ry objec­ti­ve in the coming years is to link com­pa­nies and rese­arch insti­tu­tes within a well-func­tio­ning net­work so that both sides can bene­fit from clo­se exch­an­ge.” explains Dr. Nico­las Speth­mann, Coor­di­na­tor of the Umbrel­la Pro­ject for Quan­tum Com­mu­ni­ca­ti­on in Ger­ma­ny (Schirm­pro­jekt Quan­ten­kom­mu­ni­ka­ti­on Deutsch­land, or SQuaD). “The use of quan­tum key dis­tri­bu­ti­on in addi­ti­on to post-quan­tum cryp­to­gra­phy can signi­fi­cant­ly enhan­ce both IT secu­ri­ty and Germany’s tech­no­lo­gi­cal sove­reig­n­ty.“ SQuaD’s mis­si­on fur­ther includes lay­ing the ground­work for the emer­ging quan­tum com­mu­ni­ca­ti­on eco­sys­tem, for exam­p­le by pro­vi­ding test envi­ron­ments and relia­ble com­po­nent test­ing set­ups, and by dri­ving stan­dar­diza­ti­on and cer­ti­fi­ca­ti­on. The aim is to ensu­re that Ger­ma­ny and Euro­pe remain inde­pen­dent in the quan­tum com­mu­ni­ca­ti­on field and avo­id beco­ming reli­ant on non-Euro­pean sup­pli­ers.

The fol­lo­wing part­ners met at PTB in Ber­lin for an initi­al in-depth dis­cus­sion:

  • Phy­si­ka­lisch-Tech­ni­sche Bun­des­an­stalt (PTB), Braun­schweig und Ber­lin
  • Bun­des­amt für Sicher­heit in der Infor­ma­ti­ons­tech­nik (BSI), Bonn
  • Kee­quant GmbH, Fürth
  • Quan­tum Busi­ness Net­work UG, Munich
  • Uni­ver­si­tät des Saar­lan­des (UdS), Saar­brü­cken
  • Fraun­ho­fer-Insti­tut für Sys­tem- und Inno­va­ti­ons­for­schung ISI, Karls­ru­he
  • Fraun­ho­fer-Insti­tut für Ange­wand­te Optik und Fein­me­cha­nik IOF, Jena
  • Fraun­ho­fer-Insti­tut für Nach­rich­ten­tech­nik, Hein­rich-Hertz-Insti­tut, HHI, Ber­lin
  • Leib­niz Uni­ver­si­tät Han­no­ver (LUH)
  • Quan­tum Optics Jena GmbH, Jena

SQuaD is to func­tion as a sort of switch­board to con­nect the latest rese­arch out­puts with the indus­tri­al deve­lo­p­ment of com­pon­ents, sys­tems, and solu­ti­ons for quan­tum com­mu­ni­ca­ti­on. In clo­se col­la­bo­ra­ti­on with the indus­try-led pro­jects fun­ded within the Inno­va­ti­on Hub for Quan­tum Com­mu­ni­ca­ti­on, SQuaD will also address fur­ther acti­vi­ties on the path to a flou­ris­hing quan­tum com­mu­ni­ca­ti­on eco­sys­tem. The­se will include rein­for­cing col­la­bo­ra­ti­on through work­shops and shared work plat­forms, pro­mo­ting stan­dar­diza­ti­on, and exami­ning IT secu­ri­ty aspects with respect to their cer­ti­fia­bi­li­ty. Each of the­se buil­ding blocks will boost the chan­ces for suc­cessful tech­no­lo­gy trans­fer. In sup­port of this endea­vor, SQuaD has been gran­ted fun­ding tota­ling nine mil­li­on euros over a peri­od of 40 months.

Pho­to: SQuaD pro­ject part­ners and pro­ject spon­sor repre­sen­ta­ti­ves at the kick-off event in Ber­lin.

Pho­to source and source refe­rence: https://www.ptb.de/cms/presseaktuelles/journalisten/nachrichten-presseinformationen/presseinfo.html?tx_news_pi1%5Bnews%5D=12454&tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&tx_news_pi1%5Bday%5D=26&tx_news_pi1%5Bmonth%5D=1&tx_news_pi1%5Byear%5D=2023&cHash=03858935c1d95295b3c011d4c5d65aa4