Technology News: Indian Army is likely to start using SAI (Secure Applications for Internet) App for internal communications of the officials, from April 1st said Army Chief General M.M Naravane. The application was developed by one of the Indian Army Officers named Colonel Sai Shankar.
Indian Army Chief General M.M Naravane announced this at an Online Webinar organized by Vivekananda International Foundation.
The app has end-to-end encrypted security, with voice calling, video calling and text features similar to apps like WhatsApp, Telegram and Messenger. The news of the SAI app was featured in Oct 2020, that this is part of a larger effort for an Aatma nirbhar Bharat by PM Modi.
The app was examined by CERT in and has been examined by the Army Cyber Group. The process of filing Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) for the application and hosting the application on Android and iOS platforms has also been underway since October 2020.
Earlier last year Indian Army had issued an order to Army personnel to refrain from using a list of 89 apps, including popular apps like Facebook, True caller, Instagram and even gaming apps like PUB-G. The Army had concerns of privacy over its personnel using these apps.