(MobileEurope) The OPENQKD has 30 partners who are working to accelerate the development of quantum-safe data transmission. The OPENQKD consortium is coordinated by the AITAustrian Institute of Technology. Testing is carried out at 16 locations and there are four large test environments in Vienna, Poznan Madrid and Berlin for real use cases. They include the encryption of confidential data between ministries, high performance computing and the protection of critical infrastruct
To this end, several test environments are being installed throughout Europe. In Berlin, researchers now have access to an extensive fibre optic network with IT infrastructure. All types of QKD systems can be tested on it and limitations can be sounded out.
Currently their range is about 100km as optical amplifiers cannot be used. The researchers want to find out how individual QKD systems can be interconnected to form a QKD network.