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Thales vervult een actieve rol in OPENQKD, het Europese onderzoeksproject dat kwantumcommunicatie-infrastructuren zal opzetten in verschillende Europese landen

Kwantumcommunicatie-infrastructuur wordt ontwikkeld in Europa

PARIJS DÉFENSE-(BUSINESS WIRE)- Thales neemt al enkele jaren actief deel aan kwantumtechnologieonderzoek. Thales onderzoekscentra werken bijvoorbeeld aan onderwerpen variërend van kwantumsensoren en kwantummeetinstrumenten tot kwantumcommunicatie en diverse bouwstenen van kwantumcomputers.

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Het was dan ook niet meer dan logisch dat Thales zich aansloot bij het AIT-consortium (Austrian Institute of Technology), dat door de Europese Commissie werd gekozen om het OPENQKD-project uit te voeren, de voorloper van een grote Europese kwantumcommunicatie-infrastructuur. Het hoofddoel van het project is een drastische verbetering van de veiligheid voor kritieke toepassingen in de telecommunicatie, de financiële sector, de gezondheidszorg, de elektriciteitsvoorziening en de openbare diensten. In een volgende fase zal het de netwerkvorming van kwantumcomputers ondersteunen, wat de voorbode is van een nieuw type internet. Met een budget van 15 miljoen euro is dit het enige project van dit type ter wereld. Het consortium onder leiding van AIT bestaat uit 38 bedrijven en onderzoeksorganisaties uit het hele continent als partners.

Thales Takes an Active Role in OPENQKD, the European Research Project That Will Set up Quantum Communication Infrastructures in Several European Countries

Quantum communication infrastructure being developed in Europe

PARIS LA DÉFENSE–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Thales has been an active participant in quantum technology research for several years already. For instance, Thales research centers are working on subjects ranging from quantum sensors and quantum measurement instruments, to quantum communication as well as various building blocks of quantum computers

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Quantum communication infrastructure being developed in Europe (Photo: Thales)

Quantum communication infrastructure being developed in Europe (Photo: Thales)

It was therefore only natural that Thales join the AIT (Austrian Institute of Technology) consortium, chosen by the European Commission to conduct its OPENQKD project, the forerunner to a major European quantum communication infrastructure. Its primary objective is to drastically strengthen security for critical applications in telecommunications, finance, healthcare, electricity supply and public services. In a subsequent phase, it will support the networking of quantum computers, which heralds a new type of Internet. Budgeted at 15 million euros, this is the only project of its type in the world. The consortium led by AIT is composed of 38 companies and research organizations across the continent as partners.

OPENQKD aims to change the way we perceive, understand and use quantum communication. Its main goal is to create and test European components of communication networks that include quantum devices, to implement applications such as quantum cryptography (Quantum Key Distribution, QKD). The keys generated by QKD provide ultra-secure encryption to transmit data with a very high level of confidentiality.

Thales is making two main contributions to this project, one on land, the other in space. The former entails providing encryption equipment compatible with QKD for terrestrial networks, with the aim of creating a European center of expertise in this area. Secondly, Thales will define the space segment of a quantum communication network, because these types of networks will need satellites to provide coverage across entire countries or continents.

To learn more about the OPENQKD project, click here.

About Thales

Thales (Euronext Paris: HO) is a global technology leader shaping the world of tomorrow today. The Group provides solutions, services and products to customers in the aeronautics, space, transport, digital identity and security, and defence markets. With 80,000 employees in 68 countries, Thales generated sales of €19 billion in 2018 (on a pro forma basis including Gemalto).

Thales is investing in particular in digital innovations — connectivity, Big Data, artificial intelligence and cybersecurity — technologies that support businesses, organisations and governments in their decisive moments.


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