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March 24, 2022

IMDEA Software works to deploy the largest regional quantum network in Europe

Quantum computing and quantum communications have the potential to become a game changer in computer networks. For this reason, IMDEA Software has undertaken together with seven other partners (IMDEA Networks, Instituto Nacional de Técnica Aeroespacial, Centro Español de Metrología, Fundación Vithas, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and Universidad Complutense de Madrid) a new project funded by the Community of Madrid, the State through the Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan, and the European Union through the NextGeneration EU Funds.

The objective of MadQuantum-CM is the expansion of the new quantum communications network of the Community of Madrid, interconnecting universities and research centers, as well as the development of use cases and innovations that take advantage of the deployed infrastructure.

IMDEA Software’s participation in the consortium is key due to its experience in dark fiber bidding in the context of REDIMadrid and its previous participation in the European OPENQKD project.

The more than 18.5 M€ of funding will go towards providing a unique quantum communications technology development environment with the aim of becoming a permanent node of the European Quantum Communications Infrastructure (EuroQCI). MadQuantum-CM will also allow realistic demonstrations not only of the capabilities of the technologies in production environments but also of the services that can be provided by quantum networks such as critical infrastructure protection, highly secure database connections, symmetric key distribution for defense services, applications in banking, medicine, etc.

MadQuantum-CM was supported by the MCIN with funding from the European Union NextGenerationEU (PRTR-C17.I1) and by the Community of Madrid.