LATQN, ID Nr. 101091559
The project “Development of experimental quantum Development of experimental quantum communication infrastructure in Latvia” is co-funded by the European Union.
Total budget is 8 061 380.00 EUR, of which co-funded by the European Union: 4 030 690.00 EUR (50% of the total eligible costs of the project).
The term of the Project implementation is 30 months from 01.01.2023 to 30.06.2025.
- Leading partners and coordinator – SJSC “Latvia State Radio and Television Center” (LVRTC)
- Private sector partner – LLC “Tet”
- Research and scientific partner – Institute of Mathematics and Computer Science, University of Latvia (ICMS UL)
- State sector partner – SJSC “Elektroniskie sakari” (VASES)
- Deployment of national infrastructure QKD backbone
- Integration of QKD into communication networks and development of government data processing applications
- Testbed for Secure QKD backbone gateway for wireless networks, including 5G (use case)
- Secure data transmission for healthcare sector data (use case)
- Secure data transmission for finance sector data (use case)
- Long-distance QKD solutions research activities (use case)
- Dissemination, training and publicity activities for various user groups
On 11 February 2021 Latvia has signed the EuroQCI declaration joining other European countries to build a quantum communication infrastructure spanning the EU and its overseas territories (EuroQCI). As of now, all 27 EU Member States have committed to working together alongside the European Commission and the European Space Agency (ESA) to build the EuroQCI with the aim of increasing the scientific and technological capacity of the EU, the competitiveness of quantum technologies and production. The Declaration sets out the objectives of building cooperation between EU Member States to explore how to create an integrated quantum secure communication infrastructure that enhances the scientific and technological capabilities of the EU, the competitiveness of quantum technologies and industry, and, with the increasing risk of cyber threats in the coming decade, is safe from a cybersecurity point of view and promotes the strategic autonomy of the EU.
The activities carried out in the project will contribute to the overall objectives of the Digital Europe Programme, as the Quantum Communication network will be able to be used to ensure the safe use of services for the needs of public authorities, private companies and individuals. The project concerns cybersecurity, one of the areas covered by the Digital Europe Programme.
The project is directly linked to objective 3 “Cybersecurity and reliability” of the Digital Europe Programme, as it will involve investments in advanced cybersecurity equipment, infrastructure and science, which are essential to protect the infrastructure of electronic communications networks and the Digital Single market as a whole. The project will cover part of Digital Europe objective 4 “Advanced Digital skills”, as the project will provide user training in the use of quantum technologies in cybersecurity. The objective and expected results of the project will directly address the priority of the Digital Europe Programme – modernisation of European public administration, as the results of the project can be used to provide public services based on new technologies and knowledge.
As a result of the Project implementation, a national level experimental QKD network will be developed, including integration in the existing communications networks of the Project partners. The experimental QKD network will consist of an infrastructure QKD backbone (public and closed parts), where quantum encryption solutions will be integrated. A trusted node software solution for managing data exchange within public and closed networks will be implemented.
From 01.01.2023 to 31.03.2023, the following activities have been carried out:
- The kick-off meeting of the Project Monitoring Board was held, in which all project partners participated, and at which issues related to the detailed plan, deadlines, scientific development, publicity, division of work and responsibilities, as well as mutual means of communication were discussed;
- The project coordinator has participated in the opening event of EuroQCI in Brussels, has met with representatives of other projects, as well as presented the Latvian Project;
- The Project’s home page has been created, as well as the 1st message has been inserted (www.latqn.eu);
- The process of developing the technical specification of quantum technology equipment to be purchased within the framework of the Project has been started and is continuing, as well as preparations for procurement regulations are being carried out;
- The development of possible optical infrastructure QKD feasibility qualification parameters and testing methodology has been started and is continuing, which is expected to be completed by 30.06.2023
- The development of a dissemination and exploitation plan has been started and is continuing, which is expected to be completed by 30.06.2023.