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Project: Disruptive SDN secure communications for European Defence

Acronym: DISCRETION
Main Objective:
DISCRETION has as main goal to design and develop an optical SDN solution that enables secure and resilient communications for European Defence. Compared with the traditional approach, where the network configuration and management interfaces are typically proprietary and tied to a specific manufacturer, Software Defined Network (SDN) represents a revolution that supports further network evolution, opening the network to potentially disruptive technologies like Quantum Key Distribution (QKD) and quantum technologies in general. DISCRETION aims integrating and combining SDN and QKD technologies on top of legacy optical networks to build a highly secure, scalable and resilient network control architecture for advanced tactical operation services. This SDN shall have centralized control in order to increase the resilience and security of the network through the integration with QKD technologies.
DISCRETION will enable European armed forces to use Radio Spectrum (RS) for military activities, being able to develop an interoperable mode between SDN and Software Defined Radio (SDR).
Reference: EDIDP-CSAMN-2020
Funding: EC
Start Date: 01-11-2021
End Date: 30-04-2025
Team: Armando Humberto Moreira Nolasco Pinto, Nuno Alexandre Peixoto Silva, Nelson de Jesus Cordeiro Muga, Ana Rita da Naia Bastos
Groups: Optical Quantum Communications – Av
Partners: Adyta, AlticeLabs, Austrian Institute of Technology, Deimos Engenharia, Instituto Superior Técnico, Nextworks, Telefonica ID, Universidade Politecnica de Madrid
Local Coordinator: Armando Humberto Moreira Nolasco Pinto
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