QKD system designers, network operators and technical experts from around the world are working together within ETSI to develop the specifications that are required for QKD. Toshiba are playing a leading role in this work within the Industry Specification Group (ISG) on Quantum Key Distribution.
ETSI write standards that underpin telecommunications networks around the world. ETSI is recognized by the European Union as one of three European Standardization Organizations. It deals with telecommunications, broadcasting and other electronic communications networks and services.
Some of the components used in QKD systems are either specialist or are operated under conditions not typically used in other systems. Standards for suitable components should help supply chains to develop and enable effective competition and reduced costs.
For all security products it is essential that the underlying technologies are implemented appropriately to produce products that can be trusted. Extensive work has been carried out to analyse the security of implementations of QKD protocols. Toshiba and other experts in this field are participating in the work of the ISG on QKD within ETSI.