MIET develops World's Most Advanced message sharing application

JAMMU: A team of developers at the Center for Research, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship (CRIE) at the Model Institute of Engineering and Technology (MIET) claim to have developed the world's most advanced message sharing application.

The team led by Prof. Ankur Gupta Director, MIET and comprising faculty mentor Mr. Rishi Gupta, students Arun Sharma and Abhishek Sharma from Computer Science department developed the ASMA (Advanced Secure Messaging Application) which was recently released for testing in a pilot group of 200 users. Arun Sharma, 8th-semester student of Computer Science and Engineering was the lead developer for the project. ASMA claims to have advanced security and content management features which are not available in Whatsapp, Hike, Telegram and other popular message sharing applications. A patent encompassing the invention has already been filed at the Indian Patents Office.

ASMA offers advanced security features such as face recognition or a fingerprint verification of the recipient to ensure that message is delivered only to the intended recipient. It further provides fine-grained content access policy by allowing the user to control the manner in which the message is consumed and shared further by the recipient.

For instance, a user can specify whether a message can be shared further or not by the recipient and if it can be shared then the approved users for message forwarding can be specified, including the number of times a message can be shared. The sent message can also be configured to auto-destruct after the specified time. Further, the application prevents the recipient from taking screenshots or copying content off the screen if not permitted by the sender. The content-sharing policy also travels along with the shared message in an encrypted form. ASMA provides end-to-end encryption.

ASMA offers advanced group management features. Unlike Whatsapp which allows any user to co-opt another user in a group, ASMA requires that the user provide explicit authorization before he/she can be added to any group. The group moderator can further specify content-related policies for the group. ASMA uses Artificial Intelligence to detect nudity, obscenity or graphic content and automatically censor it as per the group content policy configured by the administrator. Finally, ASMA also provides a unique feature allowing users to fact-check the messages forwarded by other users.

Thus, fake news can be checked on demand and the spread of misinformation limited through the use of AI and fact-checking against credible news sources.

Prof. Ankur Gupta, Director MIET described the design and development of ASMA as a major technical breakthrough in the region and specifically at MIET. Already 15 patents stand filed at the Indian Patents Office and 2 IT products incubated at MIET which have received national level awards from the Quality Council of India, DST, AICTE and CII along with industry award from Ricoh. CRIE is a unique initiative at MIET to promote and mentor student-driven innovation.


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