We are pleased to announce working groups from Airbus, BT and Leonardo. During QIL 2018, we will be joined by almost 50 industry representatives and academic specialists to discuss the following topics:

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Airbus will be dicussing the use of quantum communication via free-space channels. This includes links between satellites, airborne vehicles, and metropolitan stations to develop a quantum network. The group will assess the viability of using quantum encryption, such as quantum key distribution, to make these links reliably secure. We will also explore the requirements of a quantum-ready device, such as satellites, and how classical and quantum communication can co-exist.

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Near-term quantum technologies have the potential to benefit large scale networks. However, current UK fibre networks do not satisfy the requirements for communication of quantum states. In two working groups, we will explore how BT can adapt their infrastructure to fit the demand of new quantum communications technology, as well as how quantum algorithms can be applied to computational problems for their networks.

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Leonardo are interested in quantum sensing and timing. One working group will explore how quantum entanglement might benefit laser rangefinding techniques, making them more precise and robust. In the second working group, we will explore the utility and deployability of atomic clocks, as well as topics related to their functionality.

Among working group leads, we will also be joined by ADVA, Gemalto, Koruza, NPL, Redwave Labs, and academics from Universities of Bristol, Heriot-Watt, Oxford and South Wales.