QUANTUM5 will practically demonstrate the application of Quantum Key Distribution (QKD) in 5G networking, providing sophisticated simulation tools and practical guidelines for further quantum technology convergence. Within the 5G network testbed installed on the campus of the VSB Technical University in Ostrava (Czech Republic), QUANTUM5 will integrate QKD technology to demonstrate secure 5G networking concepts such as network function virtualization (NFV) and software-defined networking (SDN) management. The goal is to examine the adaptive ways of network organization and management of the network through the assurance of the 5G high-speed networking and continuous provision of information-theoretical levels of security.
Taking into account the imminent and complex threats posed by today’s cyber landscape, it is crucial for NATO and its partners to explore more secure ways of transmitting information. Professor Miroslav Vozňák is one of the scientists working on the recently launched QUANTUM5 project supported by the SPS Programme, which investigates quantum communication and quantum mechanics – the interactions of molecules, atoms or photons – to securely transmit data. As a Czech project co-director, Miroslav cooperates with colleagues from the Czech Republic and Bosnia and Herzegovina on integrating Quantum Key Distribution (QKD) in 5G cellular networks. QKD is a quantum communication system that allows data to be sent over classical networks, while the keys to decrypt the information are transmitted through quantum means. This technological novelty aims to examine how encrypted data can be transmitted without being decoded by a potential eavesdropper and will be tested against cyberattack scenarios at the university campus of the Technical University of Ostrava in the Czech Republic.