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Continuous Variable Quantum Communications

Continuous Variable Quantum Communications

Objective

The goal of the CiViQ project is to open a radically novel avenue towards flexible and cost-effective integration of quantum communication technologies, and in particular Continuous-Variable QKD, into emerging optical telecommunication networks.

CiViQ aims at a broad technological impact based on a systematic analysis of telecom-defined user-requirements. To this end CiViQ unites for the first time a broad interdisciplinary community of 21 partners with unique breadth of experience, involving major telecoms, integrators and developers of QKD. The work targets advancing both the QKD technology itself and the emerging “software network” approach to lay the foundations of future seamless integration of both. The technological advantage will more specifically aim to:
- Design architectures and implement protocol extensions of flexible “software based” networks for midterm country-wide QKD reach.
- Drive CV-QKD systems and components up to TRL 6, derive standardized set of interfaces, also allowing a network-aware software defined functionality and open modular development, and pursue cost reduction by seamless integration of off-the-shelf components.
- Push CV-QKD performance boundary forward by developing high-performance photonic integrated circuits (PIC) for CV-QKD, i.e. opening the way for ultra-low cost systems, and improve further the CV-QKD hallmark coexistence capability with standard WDM channels, i.e. reducing dramatically the barriers to optical network co-integration.
- Prepare actively for next-generation networks by developing core enabling technologies and protocols aiming at quantum communication over global distances with minimal trust assumptions.

CiViQ will culminate in a validation in true telecom network environment. Project-specific network integration and software development work will empower QKD to be used as a physical-layer-anchor securing critical infrastructures, with demonstration in QKD-extended software-defined networks.

Coordinator

FUNDACIO INSTITUT DE CIENCIES FOTONIQUES

Address

Avinguda Carl Friedrich Gauss 3
08860 Castelldefels

Spain

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 1 158 320

Participants (20)

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CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS

France

EU Contribution

€ 423 437,50

AIT AUSTRIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY GMBH

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 705 472,50

UNIVERSIDAD POLITECNICA DE MADRID

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 482 125

UNIVERZITA PALACKEHO V OLOMOUCI

Czechia

EU Contribution

€ 323 400

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 781 250

DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 608 260

INSTITUT MINES-TELECOM

France

EU Contribution

€ 535 298,75

MAX-PLANCK-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN EV

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 521 407,50

UNIVERSITY OF YORK

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 341 182,50

HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES DUESSELDORF GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 450 000

NOKIA BELL LABS FRANCE

France

EU Contribution

€ 420 248,75

CORIANT R&D GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 280 107,50

VLC PHOTONICS SOCIEDAD LIMITADA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 324 437,50

QUSIDE TECHNOLOGIES SL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 269 376,25

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE RECHERCHE ENINFORMATIQUE ET AUTOMATIQUE

France

EU Contribution

€ 312 500

MELLANOX TECHNOLOGIES LTD - MLNX

Israel

EU Contribution

€ 438 575

NEXTWORKS

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 397 500

TELEFONICA INVESTIGACION Y DESARROLLO SA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 535 957,50

ORANGE SA

France

EU Contribution

€ 263 750

TELEKOM DEUTSCHLAND GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 401 400

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 820466

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 October 2018

  • End date

    30 September 2021

Funded under:

H2020-EU.1.2.3.

  • Overall budget:

    € 9 974 006,25

  • EU contribution

    € 9 974 006,25

Coordinated by:

FUNDACIO INSTITUT DE CIENCIES FOTONIQUES

Spain