Indian army chief MM Naravane launches WhatsApp-style secure messaging application ASIGMA


New Delhi: On Thursday, Indian Army Chief General MM Naravane launched a WhatsApp-style messaging app called ASIGMA for internal communications. ASIGMA stands for Army Secure IndiGeneous Messaging Application.

A statement said the app was developed in-house by a team of officers from the Corps of Signals.

“The new application is deployed on the Army’s internal network replacing the Army Wide Area Network (AWAN) messaging application which has been in service for 15 years,” the military said in a statement.

Some important features of the application include multi-level security, message prioritization and tracking, and dynamic global address book.

ASIGMA has been deployed on military-owned hardware and lends itself to lifetime support with future upgrades. The messaging app meets all futuristic user requirements and boasts of an improved user experience “, says the press release.

The military said the app has real-time data transfer and will meet the military’s messaging requirements “especially in the context of the current geopolitical security environment and is in line with the Make in initiative. India from the Indian government, ”the statement read.

The military has stepped up automation in major ways, especially after the Covid-19 outbreak, and is taking substantial steps towards paperless operation, the statement said.

“ASIGMA will further strengthen these efforts and add to the multitude of other applications already used by the military on its pan-army captive network,” he added.