National Quantum-Safe Network (NQSN)

The ability to communicate securely is more important than ever to society and industry to thwart the current threat posed by future quantum computers. Applications and communications handling high-value assets or requiring long-term protection needs to be equipped with quantum-safe security enhancements as soon as possible and building readiness for a secure quantum internet to build next generation quantum-safe applications and services is our mission.

The NQSN will support the realization of Singapore’s quantum internet infrastructure and quantum-secure data space, called the National Quantum-safe Network. The project is supported by the National Research Foundation (NRF) over the next three years and will deploy commercial technologies for trials with government agencies and private companies, do in-depth evaluation of the security of the systems, and develop guidelines to support companies in adopting such technologies. It aims to establish a nation-wide platform for partners and a field-deployed testbed for exploring quantum-safe communication technologies, evaluate its security and to demonstrate the integration of quantum-safe applications, best practices and use cases.

What will the NQSN provide?

The National Quantum-Safe Network (NQSN) will provide a platform for technology exploration, develop a vendor-neutral ecosystem for end-users and stakeholders to demonstrate the integration of quantum-safe applications, and will drive innovation, security testing, certification and accreditation processes for quantum communication solutions and services. It will realize a Quantum-safe network “living lab” for potential end users to experience and understand QKD and hybrid quantum-safe communication serves first hand.

Quantum-Safe Comunication Technology Testbed and Services

The NQSN will deploy a “production-ready” platform, accessible for partners to perform field trials, and which will significantly increase the awareness and facilitate the involvement of Quantum Key Distribution and Quantum-Safe communication.

Quantum Security Research and Practical QKD Evaluation

    Development of security testing mechanisms, procedures and tools together with assessment criteria for different QKD systems and Quantum-enabled components, and development of protection mechanisms

Reference Use Cases and Applications for Industry and Society

The NQSN aims to serve as a technology platform which serves as infrastructure for innovation pilots, building readiness for a secure quantum internet to build next generation quantum-safe applications and services.

Supporting Standardization and Certification Efforts

Support the development of national technical requirements (TR) and standards; Development of deployment guidelines and alignment with international standardization.

Supporting Quantum Readiness and Transition in Industry and Society

Consideration of specific economic and technical readiness requirements, crypto-agility, transformation and integration needs.

Ecosystem Building and Outreach Activities

Ecosystem buidling and international collaboraiton will serve as a incubator for technology and end-users  for quantum-safe technology and communication solutions.

Project Roadmap

In its initial phase 2022-2025, NQSN goal is to design, realize, enable, operate and maintain a national quantum-safe communication platform to communicate securely, protected and guaranteed by the laws of quantum-physics. This quantum network is then to serve as a model for Singapore’s quantum communication infrastructure and will also be ground-breaking for the development of a local quantum internet and quantum-safe communication services in the region and world-wide.

With focus on 2022 to 2025, the National Quantum-Safe Network (NQSN) will deploy commercial technologies for trials with government agencies and private companies, do in-depth evaluation of the security of the systems, and develop guidelines to support companies in adopting such technologies. The nodes will be connected to provide a public network that can act as a living lab for organisations wanting to experience quantum-safe communication technologies, and separable government and private networks trialling dedicated users’ applications.

The network will offer both quantum key distribution, which is a hardware approach to quantum-safe communication requiring the installation of devices to create and receive quantum signals, and post-quantum cryptography, which involves upgrading software to run new cryptographic algorithms thought to be resistant to attack by quantum computer.

In parallel, we will establish a Quantum Security Lab to provide advanced quantum security vulnerability research and secure design, and organise workshops with potential end-users to understand their needs and build awareness of the technologies available.

Project Team

Fraunhofer Singapore will work together with NUS, NTU (FSR@NTU) to deliver the network objectives. Hosted by NUS, the initiative will receive S$8.5 million over three years. Collaborators will bring expertise, equipment and use-cases to the project. 

Comprehensive Public-Private Partnerships

The project kicks off with more than 15 collaborators and will welcome new partners as work progresses. This also includes an earlier announcement by NUS on their collaborations for QEP with Amazon Web Services (AWS) and with Thales that will contribute to the NQSN.

 

Project

National Quantum-Safe Network

NUS and Fraunhofer Singapore are researching towards a future quantum internet and the development of a quantum network in Singapore for end-users and stakeholders to explore the technology.

 

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NQSN Core Team

Michael Kasper

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Michael Kasper

Co-Coordinator NQSN, Lead Infrastructure & System Security

Chief Executive Officer, Fraunhofer Singapore & Executive Director, Centre for Applied and Integrated Security (CAIS)

Charles Lim

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Charles Lim

Co-Coordinator NQSN, Principal Investigator, Lead Quantum Security

Professor, ECE, National University of Singapore (NUS) & Centre for Quantum Technologies

Alexander Ling

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Alexander Ling

Co-PI NQSN, Lead Quantum Strategy & Satellite QKD

Professor, Centre for Quantum Technologies (CQT), National University of Singapore (NUS) & Director, Quantum Engineering Programme (QEP)

Christian Kurtsiefer

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Christian Kurtsiefer

Co-PI NQSN, Lead Quantum Internet & Quantum Communication Systems

Professor, Department of Physics, National University of Singapore (NUS), Centre for Quantum Technologies (CQT)

Nelly  Ng

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Nelly Ng

Co-PI NQSN (in transfer), Lead Quantum Information

Professor, School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Collaborative NTU-Fraunhofer Centre FSR@NTU

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Hao Qin

NQSN Quantum Security Expert, Lead QKDN Standardization

National University of Singapore (NUS), Centre for Quantum Technologies (CQT)

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Albert Huang

NQSN Ecosystem Development & Infrastructure Building

National University of Singapore (NUS), Centre for Quantum Technologies (CQT)

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Jing Yan Haw

NQSN Quantum Security Expert, Lead Quantum Security Lab

National University of Singapore (NUS), Centre for Quantum Technologies (CQT)

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Sanat Sarda

NQSN System Security Expert

Senior Researcher, Fraunhofer Singapore

How to Work with Us

Industrial Corporations and Commercial Partner

NQSN supports partners from industry and commercial business with

  • Strategic Collaboration in Quantum Communciation
  • Contract research and development
  • Consulting services and studies 

Academia and Research Institutions

How you can collaborate with NQSN as academic:

  • Research Collaboration with NQSN and partners
  • Visits and Knowledge Exchange

Researcher and Engineers

How can you join us and work with NQSN as a research fellow, engineer or student.

  • Job Offers at Fraunhofer, CQT, NTU, NUS and our partners
  • International exchange and Internships 

Career

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