CiviQ (Quantum Communications Project)

European project to develop quantum-enhanced physical layer security services that can be combined with modern cryptographic techniques.

CIviQ is a 3-year project aiming to integrate Quantum Key Distribution (QKD) into modern telecom networks to provide long-term reliable data privacy. The project consists of 21 partners, involving telecommunication companies and developers of quantum key distribution systems and theory.

CiviQ was chosen as part of the initial ramp-up phase of the European Union's Quantum Flagship initiative. The project launched in October 2018 with €9,974,006.25 in funding.

The goal of the CiViQ project is the integration of quantum communication technologies, in particular, Continuous-Variable QKD (CV-QKD) into emerging optical telecommunication networks. CV-QKD is a protocol in which electric field amplitudes are directly measured using coherent detection, widely used in coherent optical telecommunication.

Work targets advancing both the QKD technology and the emerging “software network” approach to lay the foundations of future seamless integration of both. The project's goals are:

  • Design architectures and implement protocol extensions of flexible “software-based” networks for midterm country-wide QKD reach.
  • Develop CV-QKD systems and components, derive a standardized set of interfaces, also allowing a network-aware software-defined functionality and open modular development, and pursue cost reduction by the seamless integration of off-the-shelf components.
  • Push CV-QKD performance boundary forward by developing photonic integrated circuits (PIC) for CV-QKD.
  • 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 a real 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.

Partners

CiViQ unites a broad interdisciplinary community of 21 partners, involving major telecoms, integrators, and developers of QKD:

  • 11 Research Institutes: The Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO), National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT), Polytechnic University of Madrid - Center for Computational Simulation (UPM-CCS), Palacký University Olomouc (UPOL), Fraunhofer Heinrich-Hertz-Institute (HHI), Technical University of Denmark (DTU), Télécom ParisTech (TPT), Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light (MPL), University of York (UY), and French Institute for Research in Computer Science and Automation (INRIA).
  • 7 Telecom Companies: Telefónica, Deutsche Telekom AG, Orange, Huawei Technologies Düsseldorf GmbH (HWDU), Nokia Bell Labs France (NBLF), Coriant GbmH, and Mellanox Technologies (MLNX),
  • 3 Small & Medium Enterprises (SMEs): Quside Technologies, VLC Photonics, and Nextworks.

Timeline

October 2018
CiviQ project chosen for Quantum Flagship Funding

€9,974,006.25 received by the CiviQ project during the 3-year Quantum Flagship ramp-up phase.

People

Name
Role
LinkedIn

Prof. Dr. Valerio Pruneri

Coordinator

Further reading

Title
Author
Link
Type
Date

Quantum - a double-edged sword for cryptography

Jon Cartwright

Web

6/11/2019

Documentaries, videos and podcasts

Title
Date
Link

The CiViQ project | Quantum Flagship

3/7/2019

Companies

Company
CEO
Location
Products/Services

Coriant

Pat DiPietro

Munich, Germany

Telecommunications

Deutsche Telekom AG

Timotheus Höttges

Bonn, Germany

Telecommunications

Huawei Technologies Düsseldorf GmbH (HWDU)

Düsseldorf, Germany

Telecommunications

Mellanox Technologies (MLNX)

Eyal Waldman

Yokneam, Israel

Computer Networking

Nextworks

Tim Bahr

Pisa, Italy

Computer Science

Nokia Bell Labs France (NBLF)

Paris, France

Telecommunications

Orange

Stéphane Richard

Paris, France

Telecommunications

Quside Technologies

Carlos Abellan

Barcelona, Spain

Quantum Components

Telefónica

José María Álvarez-Pallete López

Madrid, Spain

Telecommunications

VLC Photonics

Iñigo Artundo

Valencia, Spain

Photonics Integrated Circuits

References

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