Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Sarajevo, a partner in the NATO SPS project QUANTUM5
The Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Sarajevo is a partner in the project “Application of quantum cyber security in 5G networks" (QUANTUM),” which is funded under the NATO SPS (Science for Peace and Security) program. The project consortium consists of VŠB Technical University in Ostrava (Czech Republic) and the University of Sarajevo.
Application of quantum cyber security in 5G networks
The QUANTUM5 project is motivated by the need for a practical demonstration of the application of quantum key distribution (QKD) in fifth generation (5G) networks. The vision of 5G technology is based on providing high data capacities and improving the overall quality of the network service. Nevertheless, issues of cyber security and user privacy in 5G networks are vital. Some examples of future networks are autonomous car networking systems, remote medical operations, remote patient monitoring, vehicle autopilot control, remote train control, smart home network installations as well as life-critical situations that primarily depend on cryptographic techniques to implement secure end-to-end communication. at the end of the network.
Quantum distribution of cryptographic keys (QKD) is based on the laws of physics instead of existing cryptographic techniques based on the computational complexity of mathematical problems. QKD provides information-theoretically secure cryptographic keys that are protected from eavesdropping during transmission. The evident progress in the development of quantum equipment is practically reflected through a series of successful demonstrations of QKD technology around the world. Although numerous advantages of this technology have been demonstrated, practical difficulties have been observed especially within the management and network organization. QUANTUM5 will explore the above issue with the aim of easier convergence of quantum technology.
University in Sarajevo
The University of Sarajevo will use the experiences and results of practical experiments realized within the 5G network of the VŠB campus and the 5G laboratory of the Department of Telecommunications to develop a 5G QKD network simulator.
Head of the Department of Telecommunications, Doz. Dr. Miralem Mehić, Grad Eng., emphasized that this is the first research project in the field of 5G and quantum cryptography in Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is a project of great importance that enables the modernization of the 5G laboratory of the Department of Telecommunications, the acquisition of practical knowledge and scientific experience in advanced telecommunications techniques. In addition, the project provides opportunities for young researchers to participate in more modern international research activities. QUANTUM5 will include lectures and workshops aimed at transferring knowledge about quantum and 5G technology in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The final beneficiary of the project results is the Ministry of Security of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
NATO SPS research projects help develop and implement cooperation and encouragement dialogue between NATO member countries and Partner countries through capacity building and advancing science, technology and innovation in the field of security. More details about NATO SPS
More details available at the link https://www.nato.int/cps/en/natolive/87129.htm.