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Made-In-India Operating System ‘BharOS’
BharOS, a native operating system created by the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (IIT), was tested on Tuesday by Union Minister for Communications, Electronics and Information Technology and Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan.
“I want to congratulate everyone who worked on the system’s development. When our Prime Minister Narendra Modiji discussed a digital India for the first time eight years ago, some of our friends made fun of him, but today, technocrats, innovators, industries, policymakers, and academic institutions of the nation have accepted his vision after eight years,” he said.
Ashwini Vaishnaw, the minister of union telecom, attended the occasion as well.
According to Mr. Vaishnaw, “There will be challenges along the way, and there are many people in the world who will create obstacles and do not want any such system to succeed.”.
Privacy and security are the main concerns of the new mobile operating system BharOS. A mobile operating system, such as Android by Google or iOS by Apple, is a piece of software that serves as the primary user interface on a smartphone.
A free and open-source operating system (OS) is being created for use in governmental and public systems as part of a project funded by the Indian government called BharOS. The project aims to encourage the use of locally developed technology and lessen reliance on foreign operating systems in smartphones. The development of a native ecosystem and an independent future represents a giant step forward.
The BharOS Services are currently being offered to organizations with strict privacy and security standards, and whose users handle sensitive information that necessitates confidential communications on constrained mobile apps. Such users require access to private cloud services via private 5G networks.
The IIT Madras Pravartak Technologies Foundation, a Section 8 (Not for Profit) Company set up by IIT Madras, served as the incubator for JandK Operations Private Limited (JandKops), which created the BharOS. The Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India, provides funding for the Foundation as part of its National Mission on Interdisciplinary Cyber-Physical Systems (NMICPS). It seeks to equalize India with those few nations that currently have these capabilities.
At a press conference to introduce this new Indian mobile operating system on January 19, Prof. V. Kamakoti, Director of IIT Madras, said, “BharOS Service is a Mobile Operating System built on a foundation of trust, with a focus on providing users with more freedom, control, and flexibility to choose and use only the apps that fit their needs. The way users view security and privacy on mobile devices is expected to change as a result of this ground-breaking system. “.
To promote the use and adoption of BharOS in our nation, he continued, “IIT Madras looks forward to working closely with many more private industries, governmental organizations, strategic agencies, and telecom service providers.”.
NDA, or No Default Apps, is a feature of BharOS. As a result, users are not compelled to use apps that they may not be familiar with or trustworthy. Additionally, this strategy gives users more control over the permissions that apps have access to on their device because they can decide to only give trusted apps access to certain features or data.
The company that created this mobile operating system, JandK Operations Pvt Ltd, says that BharOS also offers “Native Over The Air” (NOTA) updates that can help to keep the devices secure, according to Karthik Ayyar, Director of JandK Operations Pvt Ltd. The device automatically downloads and installs NOTA updates without the user’s intervention. By doing this, you can be sure that your gadget is always using the most recent version of its operating system, along with any bug fixes and security updates. BharOS ensures the reliability of Indian mobile phones with NDA, PASS, and NOTA. “.
Access to reputable apps from PASS is made possible by BharOS. A PASS gives users access to a carefully curated list of apps that have passed strict security and privacy requirements set by various organizations. Users can be confident that the apps they are installing are secure to use and have been reviewed for any potential privacy or security issues.