Under Prime Minister Narendra Modi's initiative ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’, Indian Army has developed a simple and secure messaging application named the “Secure Application for Internet (SAI)”. The application, which will be used within the Indian Army, supports end to end secure voice, text and video calling services for Android platform over internet. The model is similar to commercially available messaging applications like Whatsapp, Telegram, SAMVAD and GIMS and utilises end to end encryption messaging protocol. 

An End-to-end encryption means that private chat messages are scrambled, and only the sender and the receiver of the messages have the “keys” to read them. This ensures that no one besides sender and receiver can decipher (convert (a text written in code, or a coded signal) into normal language) the messages.

The SAI app scores over on security features with local in-house servers and coding which can be tweaked as per requirements, claims the release by PIB. 

The application has been carefully examined by CERT-in empaneled auditor and Army Cyber Group. The process for filing Intellectual Property Rights (IPR), hosting the infrastructure on NIC and working on iOS platform is currently in progress. SAI will be utilized pan Army to facilitate secure messaging within the service.

The Raksha Mantri after reviewing the functionalities of the App complimented Col Sai Shankar for his skill and ingenuity for developing the application.

In addition to this app, the Indian Army has also introduced a software named the “Infrastructure Management System (IMS)’ software which was inaugurated by the COAS on the sidelines of the Army Commanders Conference on 28 October 2020.

The IMS will automate infrastructure management of the army. The scope of the IMS software package developed includes the following

  • To automate works initiation, preparation of list and its approval by the MoD.
  • To accord administrative approval and monitoring of execution by the CFA.
  • To automate availability of CAO pool accommodation, plan vacation, re-allocation and undertake maintenance.
  • To automate approval of accommodation allocation/extention for children education ground, special children and Battle/Physical casualty.
  • Manage cantonment roads including emergency closure.
  • Make land, works and quartering policies available on line.
  • Monitor land encroachment, Old Grant Bungalows, VIP references and transfer/exchange of land.

 



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