New 380 km-long Intercity QKD Infrastructure in Poland
Poznań Supercomputing and Networking Center (PSNC) and ID Quantique (IDQ) collaborate once again to establish a new Quantum Key Distribution (QKD) link between Poznan and Warsaw. This link will provide new services for a number of applications such as telemedicine, medical data transmission, data storage and public services.
This installation is part of the Polish National Laboratory for Photonics and Quantum Technologies (NLPQT) project aiming at developing a country-wide quantum communication infrastructure. This infrastructure will initially enable research and development work on QKD and investigate its integration with other mechanisms currently used to secure data transmitted over IT and telecommunication systems. It will later lead to the design, launch and development of complex and secure systems for real-world applications.
QKD technology is currently being tested and introduced in the best research centers in Europe and around the world. It is already used by leading companies and governments to secure data in motion. Sending QKD keys to third party cryptographic systems is an example of the safest known method of communication. Quantum technology can be used today for securing internet connections, from smartphones and computers to datacenters, and to provide safe services to end-users.
In this installation, IDQ deployed their Cerberis XG series, the fourth generation of QKD systems, on the Polish National Research and Education (PIONER) network, operated by the PSNC. The goal of the PSNC is to further integrate its local metro QKD infrastructure, which was developed last year in Poznan, together with this new long-distance Poznan-Warsaw QKD link. The final goal is to interconnect all high performance computing centers in Poland and to establish common access layers to QKD services. This will provide access hubs for different use cases and connected applications, such as: telemedicine, medical data transmission, data storage, and public services provided by local administration units. Selected nodes will act also as possible cross-border QKD infrastructure nodes, which will open new possibilities for international QKD infrastructure and services. This pan-European aspect is especially important as PSNC and the PIONIER network are part of the European Research and Education Community.
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