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SECOQC

Project ID: 506813
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Development of a Global Network for Secure Communication based on Quantum Cryptography

Desde 2004-04-01 hasta 2008-09-30, proyecto cerrado | SECOQC Sitio web

Detalles del proyecto

Coste total:

EUR 16 823 437

Aportación de la UE:

EUR 11 352 183

Coordinado en:

Austria

Convocatoria de propuestas:

FP6-2002-IST-1See other projects for this call

Régimen de financiación:

IP - Integrated Project

Description

Protecting personal data with the laws of physics

Cryptographic technology underpins most data security, allowing banks, governments, companies and individual citizens to exchange information securely. But advances in computing power are making traditional cryptographic techniques less secure, potentially exposing personal data to criminals.

The answer, say researchers working in the SECOQC project, lies in a new generation of cryptography using quantum mechanics to protect the data. While classical cryptography employs mathematical techniques to encrypt messages, quantum cryptography uses the laws of physics to protect the information.

Modern cryptography relies on the use of digital ‘keys’ to encrypt data before sending it over a network, and to decrypt it at the other end. The receiver must have a version of the key code used by the sender in order to decrypt and access the data.

However, as computer-processing power has increased in recent years, criminals have found it increasingly easy to crack cryptographic keys.

The 512-bit RSA public-key cryptosystem, developed in 1977, can now be broken by university students in a matter of months and even more advanced encryption methods may not be secure for long.

‘Unbreakable’ light

Meanwhile, quantum cryptography makes use of the properties of light to underpin a method of encryption that is theoretically unbreakable.

Typically, a sending optical device puts photons into a particular state, which is then observed by a receiving device at the other end of a fibre-optic connection. Since it is impossible to intercept a light transmission without changing it, important information can be exchanged with great security.

The team behind the SECOQC project set out to design and validate a network for dependable and secure long-range communication built upon quantum key distribution (QKD) technology.

Toward securer communications networks

Combining the expertise of quantum physicists, network specialists and experts in the fields of cryptography, electronics, IT security, and software development, the team developed devices to generate keys and built the technological architecture to share them over a fibre-optic network.

Their goal is to provide citizens, companies and public institutions with an efficient means of improving security standards in electronic communication and data exchange via public channels.

This could lead to a quantum communications network similar to the then nascent internet network in the United States back in the 1970s.

The world’s first quantum bank transfer

In the course of the project, the technology was used to perform the world’s first-ever bank transfer using quantum cryptography by sending €3 000 over a 1.45-km fibre-optic link between Vienna City Hall and the headquarters of Bank-Austria Creditanstalt.

In October 2007, it was also used to provide a secure line for counting votes cast in Geneva in the Swiss national elections, marking the first real-world use of the technology.

One of the project partners, id Quantique, a spin-off company from the University of Geneva, is now working on deploying a quantum communications network in Geneva, known as SwissQuantum.

Objetivo

Secure communication is an essential need for companies, public institutions and in particular the individual citizen. Currently used encryption systems are vulnerable due to the increasing power of computer technology, the emergence of new code-breaking algorithms, and the imperfections of public key infrastructures. Methods considered as acceptably secure today will have a significant risk of becoming weak tomorrow. On the other hand, with quantum cryptography a technology has been developed within the last decade that is provably secure against arbitrary computing power, and even against quantum computer attacks. When becoming operational quantum cryptography will raise communication security on an essentially higher level. The vision of SECOQC is to provide European citizens, companies and institutions with a tool that allows facing the threats of future interception technologies, thus creating significant advantages for European economy. With SECOQC the basis will be laid for a long-range high security communication network that combines the entirely novel technology of quantum key distribution with components of classical computer science and cryptography. Within the project the following goals will be achieved: - Realisation of a fully functional, real-time, ready-to-market Quantum Key Distribution (QKD) point-to-point communication technology; - Development of an abstract level architecture allowing high security long-range communication by integrating the QKD technology and a set of cryptographic protocols; - Design of a real-life, user-oriented network for practical implementation of QKD based long range secure communication. To achieve this goal, all experience and resources available within the European Research Area are to be integrated and combined with the expertise of developers and companies within the fields of network integration, cryptography, electronics, security, and software development.

Contacto del coordinador

Christian Monyk, (Project Coordinator)

Coordinador

AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH
Austria

Aportación de la UE: EUR 2 239 261


Donau-City-Strasse 1
1220 WIEN
Austria
Activity type: Research Organisations
Contacto administrativo: Christian Monyk
Tel.: +43 50550 4152
Fax: +43 50550 4190
Correo electrónico

Participantes

UNIVERSITAET KLAGENFURT
Austria

Aportación de la UE: EUR 60 200


UNIVERSITAETSSTRASSE 65-67
9020 KLAGENFURT
Austria
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Contacto administrativo: Patrick Horster
Tel.: +43 46327003702
Fax: +43 46327003799
Correo electrónico
UNIVERSITAT WIEN
Austria

Aportación de la UE: EUR 451 500


UNIVERSITATSRING 1
1010 WIEN
Austria
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Contacto administrativo: ANDREAS POPPE
Tel.: +43 1 427751201
Fax: +43 1 4277 9512
Correo electrónico
UNIVERSITAET KLAGENFURT
Austria

Aportación de la UE: EUR 138 635


UNIVERSITAETSSTRASSE 65-67
9020 KLAGENFURT
Austria
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Contacto administrativo: J�rgen Pilz
Tel.: +4346327003113
Fax: +4346327003199
STEINBEIS TECHNOLOGIETRANSFER GMBH
Austria

Aportación de la UE: EUR 9 975


AM HEUMARKT 7/14
1030 WIEN
Austria
Activity type: Other
Contacto administrativo: Albrecht Gebhardt
Tel.: +4346327003118
Fax: +4346327003199
Correo electrónico
AVENTEC HANDELS, PRODUKTIONS- UND BERATUNGSGESELLSCHAFT MBH
La participación finalizó
Austria

Aportación de la UE: EUR 0


8 - MAI-STRASSE 5/1
9020 KLAGENFURT
Austria
Activity type: Other
Contacto administrativo: Martin Peschaut
Tel.: +436763427094
Fax: +4346359493320
Correo electrónico
SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT OESTERREICH
Austria

Aportación de la UE: EUR 220 000


SIEMENSSTRASSE 90
1210 WIEN
Austria
Activity type: Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Contacto administrativo: Ilse Wimberger
Tel.: +43 51707 26876
Fax: +43 51707 54760
Correo electrónico
BEARINGPOINT INFONOVA GMBH
Austria

Aportación de la UE: EUR 240 000


AM SEERING 6
8141 UNTERPREMSTAETTEN
Austria
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Contacto administrativo: Rainer Boehm
Tel.: +43 316 8003 0
Fax: +433168003 1080
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ARC SEIBERSDORF RESEARCH GMBH
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Austria

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KRAMERGASSE 1
1010 WIEN
Austria
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Contacto administrativo: Christian Monyk
Tel.: +43 50550 4152
Fax: +43 50550 4150
Correo electrónico
UNIVERSITE LIBRE DE BRUXELLES
Belgium

Aportación de la UE: EUR 230 000


Avenue Franklin Roosevelt 50
1050 BRUXELLES
Belgium
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Contacto administrativo: Nicolas Cerf
Tel.: +32 2 650 28 58
Fax: +32 2 650 29 41
Correo electrónico
UNIVERSITE DE LAUSANNE
Switzerland

Aportación de la UE: EUR 394 200


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1015 LAUSANNE
Switzerland
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UNIVERSITE DE GENEVE
Switzerland

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RUE DU GENERAL DUFOUR 24
1211 GENEVE
Switzerland
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Contacto administrativo: Nicolas Gisin
Tel.: +41 22 379 6597
Fax: +41 22 781 0980
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ID QUANTIQUE SA
Switzerland

Aportación de la UE: EUR 577 500


CHEMIN DE LA MARBRERIE 3
1227 CAROUGE GENEVE
Switzerland
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Contacto administrativo: Gr�ire Ribordy
Tel.: +41 22 321 4464
Fax: +41 22 321 4465
Correo electrónico
UNIVERZITA PALACKEHO V OLOMOUCI
Czech Republic

Aportación de la UE: EUR 102 000


KRIZKOVSKEHO 8
771 47 OLOMOUC
Czech Republic
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Contacto administrativo: Miloslav Dusek
Tel.: +420 585634272
Fax: +420 585634253
Correo electrónico
ERNST & YOUNG AG WIRTSCHAFTSPRUEFUNGSGESELLSCHAFT
Germany

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MITTLERER PFAD 15
70499 STUTTGART
Germany
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Correo electrónico
Heinrich-Heine-Universitaet Duesseldorf
Germany

Aportación de la UE: EUR 111 000


Moorenstrasse
40225 Düsseldorf
Germany
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Contacto administrativo: Dagmar Bruss
Tel.: +49 5117623375
Fax: +49 5117624945
Correo electrónico
UNIVERSITAET KARLSRUHE (TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE)
Germany

Aportación de la UE: EUR 65 000


KAISERSTRASSE
76131 KARLSRUHE
Germany
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Contacto administrativo: Joern Mueller-Quade
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Fax: +49 721 6085022
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET DARMSTADT
Germany

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Karolinenplatz 5
64289 DARMSTADT
Germany
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Fax: +496151163279
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LUDWIG-MAXIMILIANS-UNIVERSITAET MUENCHEN
Germany

Aportación de la UE: EUR 411 750


Geschwister-Scholl-Platz 1
80539 MUENCHEN
Germany
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Contacto administrativo: Harald Weinfurter
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Fax: +49 8921805032
Correo electrónico
FRIEDRICH-ALEXANDER-UNIVERSITAT ERLANGEN NURNBERG
Germany

Aportación de la UE: EUR 258 000


SCHLOSSPLATZ 4
91054 ERLANGEN
Germany
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Contacto administrativo: Norbert L�tkenhaus
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FRIEDRICH-ALEXANDER-UNIVERSITAT ERLANGEN NURNBERG
Germany

Aportación de la UE: EUR 187 500


Schlossplatz 4
91054 ERLANGEN
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GOTTFRIED WILHELM LEIBNIZ UNIVERSITAET HANNOVER
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Germany

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Welfengarten 1
30167 HANNOVER
Germany
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KOBENHAVNS UNIVERSITET
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NORREGADE 10
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Contacto administrativo: Poul Erik Lindelof
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Fax: +45 35320460
Correo electrónico
AARHUS UNIVERSITET
Denmark

Aportación de la UE: EUR 295 000


Nordre Ringgade 1
8000 AARHUS C
Denmark
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Contacto administrativo: Ivan Damgaard
Tel.: +45 8942 3380
Fax: +45 8942 3255
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CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE
France

Aportación de la UE: EUR 285 000


3, RUE MICHEL-ANGE
75794 PARIS CEDEX 16
France
Activity type: Research Organisations
Contacto administrativo: Philippe Grangier
Tel.: +33 169 358766
Fax: +33 169 368700
Correo electrónico
THALES COMMUNICATIONS & SECURITY SAS
France

Aportación de la UE: EUR 116 000


AVENUE DES LOUVRESSES 4
92230 GENNEVILLIERS
France
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Contacto administrativo: PHILIPPE PAINCHAULT
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Fax: +33146132100
Correo electrónico
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France

Aportación de la UE: EUR 180 000


RUE MICHEL ANGE 3
75794 PARIS
France
Activity type: Research Organisations
Contacto administrativo: Pascal BALDI
Tel.: +334 9207 67 52
Fax: +334 9207 67 54
Correo electrónico
THALES SA
France

Aportación de la UE: EUR 345 000


TOUR CARPE DIEM PLACE DES COROLLES ESPLANADE NORD
92200 COURBEVOIE
France
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Contacto administrativo: Thierry DEBUISSCHERT
Tel.: +33 1 69339185
Fax: +33 1 69339127
Correo electrónico
INSTITUT MINES-TELECOM
France

Aportación de la UE: EUR 421 200


37-39 RUE DAREAU
75014 PARIS
France
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Contacto administrativo: Michel RIGUIDEL
Tel.: +33 145817302
Fax: +33 145813119
POLITECNICO DI MILANO
Italy

Aportación de la UE: EUR 135 000


PIAZZA LEONARDO DA VINCI 32
20133 MILANO
Italy
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Contacto administrativo: Sergio Cova
Tel.: +39 02 23996103
Fax: +39 02 2367604
Correo electrónico
SCUOLA NORMALE SUPERIORE
Italy

Aportación de la UE: EUR 264 000


PIAZZA DEI CAVALIERI 7
56126 PISA
Italy
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Contacto administrativo: Fabio Beltram
Tel.: +39 050 509065
Fax: +39 050 509295
Correo electrónico
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PAVIA
Italy

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STRADA NUOVA 65
27100 PAVIA
Italy
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CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
Italy

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PIAZZALE ALDO MORO 7
00185 ROMA
Italy
Activity type: Research Organisations
Contacto administrativo: Piera Maccagnani
Tel.: +39 51 6399104
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Correo electrónico
BIOMETRIC TECHNOLOGIES
Russia

Aportación de la UE: EUR 117 250


MOSFILMOVSKAYA STREET, 17B
119330 MOSCOW
Russia
Activity type: Other
Contacto administrativo: Oleg Mikhailovich Chernomordick
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Correo electrónico
KUNGLIGA TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLAN
Sweden

Aportación de la UE: EUR 310 000


BRINELLVAGEN 8
100 44 STOCKHOLM
Sweden
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Contacto administrativo: Anders Erik Karlsson
Tel.: +46 8 752 1272
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Correo electrónico
QINETIQ LIMITED
United Kingdom

Aportación de la UE: EUR 35 083


CODY TECHNOLOGY PARK IVELY ROAD
GU14 0LX FARNBOROUGH
United Kingdom
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Correo electrónico
UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL
United Kingdom

Aportación de la UE: EUR 321 500


TYNDALL AVENUE SENATE HOUSE
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Correo electrónico
TOSHIBA RESEARCH EUROPE LIMITED
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Aportación de la UE: EUR 512 000


MILTON ROAD 208 CAMBRIDGE SCIENCE PARK
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Fax: +44 1223 436909
Correo electrónico
THE UNIVERSITY OF WARWICK
United Kingdom

Aportación de la UE: EUR 117 708


Kirby Corner Road - University House
CV4 8UW COVENTRY
United Kingdom
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Contacto administrativo: Rajagopal Nagarajan
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Correo electrónico
The Chancellor, Masters and Scholars of the University of Cambridge
United Kingdom

Aportación de la UE: EUR 264 000


Madingley Road
CB3 0TX Cambridge
United Kingdom
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Contacto administrativo: David Ritchie
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Correo electrónico
THE UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD
United Kingdom

Aportación de la UE: EUR 90 000


FIRTH COURT WESTERN BANK
S10 2TN SHEFFIELD
United Kingdom
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Contacto administrativo: John David
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Fax: +44 1142726391
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HERIOT-WATT UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom

Aportación de la UE: EUR 135 000


Riccarton
EH14 4AS EDINBURGH
United Kingdom
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HEWLETT-PACKARD LIMITED
United Kingdom

Aportación de la UE: EUR 48 750


CAIN ROAD
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Correo electrónico
TO BE DEFINED

Aportación de la UE: EUR 226 171


INSTITUT D'OPTIQUE THEORIQUE ET APPLIQUEE IOTA - SUPOPTIQUE
France

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AVENUE AUGUSTIN FRESNEL - CAMPUS POLYTECHNIQUE - RD 128 2
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France
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France

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