ADYTA participates in DISCRETION, a pioneer European project to develop quantum communication networks for Defence, that kicks off today in Lisbon

12 January, 2022

ADYTA participates in the activity consortium within the scope of the European Defense Industrial Development Program

The project aims to provide state-of-the-art high security encryption services to be applied in Defense scenarios for the first time.

The official kick-off meeting of DISCRETION took place today in Lisbon with the participation of the European Commission and representatives of the 4 Member States that support this project (Portugal, Spain, Italy and Austria).

ADYTA participates in the activity consortium within the scope of the European Defense Industrial Development Program

This project aims to provide state-of-the-art high-security encryption services to be applied in Defense scenarios for the first time.

Quantum computers and the potential of these new machines to crack the most known ciphers make military communications, and beyond, increasingly vulnerable. DISCRETION is a pioneering project that addresses this threat using disruptive technologies such as Software Defined Networks (SDN) and Quantum Key Distribution (QKD) to create a secure and resilient communication network for European military forces. Making use of legacy optical networks, DISCRETION will allow you to build a highly secure, scalable and resilient network for advanced tactical operational services.

There are several initiatives underway in Europe that make use of quantum properties of atoms or light particles for different purposes such as computing, communication and sensing, such as EuroQCI, with the main objective of building a secure end-to-end network using quantum technologies. . DISCRETION is clearly aligned with this European strategy and will provide a unique set of end-to-end high-security encryption services to be applied in Defense scenarios for the first time. It will surely contribute, not only to strengthening the European Defense autonomy in secure communications, but also allowing the European armed forces to use the radio spectrum for military activities.

The DISCRETION proposal ranked first in the topic of cyber situational awareness and defense capabilities, defense networks and technologies for secure communication and information sharing of the EDIDP 2020 call for proposals (EDIDP-CSAMN-2020).

The National Security Office, the Portuguese Ministry of Defense and the Portuguese CHOD were involved in defining some operational requirements during the development of the document that was submitted to the European Commission.

This project is led by Deimos Engenharia, supported by the Portuguese National Security Authority, the Portuguese Ministry of Defense and the Portuguese Chief of Defense. The Telecommunications Institute, Instituto Superior Técnico, Altice Labs and ADYTA (from Portugal), Telefonica Investigación y Desarrollo SAU, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (both from Spain), the Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH and Nextworks, from Italy are the consortium members.

“This project allows ADYTA to once again be at the top of innovation in terms of secure communications, mainly because it is a consortium whose participants incorporate great experience and knowledge. This is a project that addresses quantum technologies, fundamental to the future of secure communications. It is with pride and honor that we are part of this.”, says Carlos Carvalho, CEO of ADYTA.

“This activity is a springboard for Deimos”, says Nuno Ávila, Director of Deimos Engenharia. “Quantum technologies are the future for reliable communications and we are excited to be the pioneers in building this capability for European defense.”

Catarina Bastos, DISCRETION Project Manager at Deimos Engenharia, says: “We are very happy to have the opportunity to develop such a network from Portugal. Our consortium is unique in terms of experience and innovation. We will join all our forces to change the communication and information sharing paradigm in Europe”.

“This project is an opportunity to develop a cryptographic capability,” says Luis Policarpo, DISCRETION Project Manager for the Member States. “This capability can be used nationally and will provide the leverage needed to tackle the new hybrid threats.”

“Rear Admiral Gameiro Marques, Director General of the Portuguese National Security Office, states that “This project is also seen as a strong contribution to improving the current level of strategic autonomy for both the EU and the participating Member States. , as it will provide a QKD encryption capability to be used in military and highly sensitive networks”.