MADQuantum-CM, selected as the Best Public Project Supporting Digitalization, aims to build a quantum cybersecurity network that will merge the Madrid metropolitan area and connect with the future European quantum communications network (EuroQCI). The program is developed under the national Complementary Plan for Quantum Communications.

Carme Artigas, Spanish Secretary of State for Digitalization and Artificial Intelligence, together with Pedro J.Ramírez,  El Español´s Director, opened the award ceremony. Ana Ramírez de Molina, Vice-counselor of Universities, Research and Science of the Community of Madrid, and Laura Ortiz, in representation of the UPM and member of the Information and Quantum Computing Research Group, collected the award.

Carme Artigas, Spanish Secretary of State for Digitalization and Artificial Intelligence

“At Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, as coordinators of MADQuantum-CM, we are very happy at the jury’s recognition of the project´s relevance. Among all the projects in Quantum Communications, within the national Complementary Plans, this  is the one with more partners, which allows us to address a large number of topics, from cybersecurity to ultra-precise measurements. In addition, it is a project that is open to the industry, which will promote the creation of an industrial ecosystem around quantum communications in Madrid. This will reach scientific and technological advances to a greater number of people,” highlights Vicente Martin, coordinator of MADQuantum-CM programme and Professor at the UPM.

Universidad Politecnica de Madrid installed the first point-to-point QKD link in the country in 2006. In 2018, they developed the largest experimental quantum key distribution network in Europe at Telefonica facilities, also a QSNP member, in Madrid.

Currently, the UPM team coordinates the MADQuantum-CM project and the national initiative of Complementary Plans in Quantum Communications.