Bengaluru: In what comes as a matter of pride, the Indian Army has launched a simple and secure messaging application named the “Secure Application for Internet (SAI)”. 

This comes at a time when Prime Minister Narendra Modi has laid great emphasis on Atmanirbhar Bharat or self-reliant India.

 The app was launched today (29 October).

As noted by the ministry of defence, the application supports end to end secure voice, text and video calling services for Android platform over internet.

The ministry said that the model of the SAI was "similar to commercially available messaging applications like Whatsapp, Telegram, SAMVAD and GIMS" and utilises end to end encryption messaging protocol.

SAI will be utilised pan Army to facilitate secure messaging within the service, it said.

SAI scores over on security features with local in-house servers and coding which can be tweaked as per requirements, the statement said.

The application has been vetted by CERT-in empaneled auditor and Army Cyber Group.

Also, the process for filing Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) hosting the infrastructure on NIC and working on iOS platform is currently in progress.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh reviewed the functionalities of the app and complimented Colonel Sai Shankar for his skill and ingenuity for developing the application, the statement said.