Standardisation


The Quantum Industry Specification Group

Together with the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI), a plan for installing and operating an Industry Specification Group for quantum standards (QISG) was developed.

On July, 29th, 2008 the European Telecommunications Standards Institute ETSI has founded the Industry Specification Group on Quantum Key Distribution and Quantum Technologies (QISG). The group is aimed at successfully transferring quantum cryptography out of the controlled and trusted environment of experimental laboratories into the real world where business requirements, malevolent attackers, and social and legal norms have to be respected.

(For details see the press release on the ETSI homepage)

The Quantum Industry Specification Group (QISG) will team the important European actors from science, industry, and commerce to address standardisation issues in quantum cryptography, and quantum technology in general.

The proposed activities will support the commercialisation of quantum cryptography on various levels and stages. These measures shall close gaps we identified in our years long occupation with quantum cryptography on the technical level as well as on the level of application and business requirements.

On the technical level we want to address the following topics:

- Definition of security objectives - Standardised criteria for quantum optical components (sources, detectors)
- Common interfaces (between macroscopic components)
On application and business level we want to address the following topics:

- Definition of security requirements (security objectives) - Connectivity to applications and existing systems - Compliance with societal and legal framework

The QISG is open to any interested parties, world-wide. ETSI membership is favourable, though not obligatory.


To receive information on the ISG, interested parties please send an email to: qisg@arcs.ac.at