In a big push for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Atmanirbhar Bharat mission, the Indian Army has launched a messaging application similar to WhatsApp which will be used by the security forces to communicate securely.
The application named the ‘Secure Application for Internet (SAI)’ supports an end to end secure voice, text and video calling services for Android platform over the internet.
Issuing a statement, the Ministry of Defence said that the model is similar to commercially available messaging applications like WhatsApp, Telegram, SAMVAD and GIMS and utilises end-to-end encryption messaging protocol.
SAI scores over on security features
“SAI scores over on security features with local in-house servers and coding, which can be tweaked as per requirements,” the ministry said in a release.
As per the statement, the application has been vetted by CERT-in empanelled auditor and Army Cyber Group, and the process for filing Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) hosting the infrastructure on NIC and working on iOS platform is currently in progress.