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Indian Army launches WhatsApp-like messaging app SAI

The new messaging app by the Indian Army is called the Security Application for the Internet (SAI).

twitter-logoAnkita Chakravarti | October 30, 2020 | Updated 12:40 IST

Highlights

  • Indian Army has developed its own messaging app which is similar to WhatsApp.
  • The new messaging app by the Indian Army is called the Security Application for the Internet (SAI).
  • The app was unveiled with the aim to prevent the leading of any sensitive information to intelligence agencies.

Indian Army has developed its own messaging app which is similar to WhatsApp. The new messaging app by the Indian Army is called the Security Application for the Internet (SAI). The messaging comes with support for end-to-end secure voice text and video calling services for Android smartphones. The app was unveiled with the aim to prevent the leading of any sensitive information to intelligence agencies.

"SAI is a simple and secure messaging application, which supports end-to-end secure voice, text, and video calling services for Android platforms over the internet. It will be utilized pan-Army to facilitate secure messaging within the service," said an officer on Thursday," an officer was quoted as saying by TOI.

The report states that the app was first developed by Colonel Sai Shankar, the commanding officer of a signals unit in Rajasthan. He was also complimented for his "skill and ingenuity" in developing the application by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh.

"SAI is similar to commercially available messaging applications like WhatsApp, Telegram, SAMVAD, and GIMS and utilizes end-to-end encryption messaging protocol. SAI scores on security features with local in-house servers and coding which can be tweaked as per requirements," the Indian army said in a statement. The app will be rolled out for the Android users initially and the app is being readied for the iOS platforms."The process for filing an Intellectual Property Right application, hosting the infrastructure on the National Informatics Centre, and adapting it for iOS platforms is currently in progress," the report read.

For the unversed, the Indian army personnel were directed to avoid using WhatsApp for official work. They were also asked to delete their accounts on Facebook as the Chinese and Pakistani agents are constantly on a hunt to obtain important information and data of the Indian Army.

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