Indian Institute of Technology, IIT Madras, has developed a Made in India mobile operating system to meet security requirements. With its contribution to the operating system ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’, ‘BharOS’ can benefit India’s 100 million mobile phone users. IIT Madras held a press conference today announcing the Indian mobile operating system on 19 January.
The ‘BharOS Service’ is currently being offered to organizations with stringent privacy and security requirements where users process sensitive information requiring confidential communications. The OS was developed by JandK Operations Private Limited (JandKops) incubated by the IIT Madras Pravartak Technologies Foundation.
As an Indian operating system, BharOS has important features such as BharOS No Native Apps (NDA), allowing users to use apps they are familiar with or trust. This approach also allows users to choose to allow only apps they trust to access certain features or data on their devices, giving them more control over the permissions apps have on their devices, IIT Madras said.
BharOS provides access to trusted apps from organization-specific Private App Store Services (PASS). PASS provides access to a curated list of apps that have been thoroughly vetted and meet your organization’s specific security and privacy standards.
Prof. V Kamakoti, Director of IIT Madras, said: “The BharOS service is a mobile operating system built on trust, with a focus on giving users more freedom, control and flexibility to choose and use only the apps that fit their needs. This innovative system will revolutionize the way users think about the security and privacy of their mobile devices.”