Indian Army develops secure messaging application SAI

30 October 2020 (Last Updated October 30th, 2020 15:07)

The Indian Army has launched a messaging app called the ‘Secure Application for Internet’ (SAI).

Indian Army develops secure messaging application SAI
The ‘Secure Application for Internet’ will be used by all personnel across the Indian Army. Credit: 200 Degrees from Pixabay.

The Indian Army has launched a messaging app called the ‘Secure Application for Internet’ (SAI).

This app was launched as a part of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ initiative.

SAI is designed to provide end-to-end secure voice, text and video calling services using the internet and is developed for the Android platform.

It is said to be similar to other messaging platforms such as Whatsapp and Telegram and uses end-to-end encryption messaging protocol.

In a statement, the Indian Ministry of Defence said: “SAI scores over on security features with local in-house servers and coding which can be tweaked as per requirements.”

“The application has been vetted by CERT-in empanelled auditor and Army Cyber Group.”

The process to file for the Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) and to host the infrastructure on NIC is under progress. Developers are also working to launch it for the iOS platform.

SAI will be used by all personnel across the army.

In August, DRDO identified 108 systems and subsystems for design and development to boost the indigenous defence ecosystem as part of the ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ initiative.

DRDO will support the industries for the design, development and testing of the systems based on the requirement.

Earlier this month, the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) in India conducted a flight test of its locally developed Rustom-2 unmanned air vehicle (UAV).