The world is under lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic and companies have instructed their employees to work from home to avoid the spread of coronavirus. This also means that the day to day operations in companies such as meetings, training etc have to be conducted virtually through applications such as Google Meet, Zoom, Microsoft Teams etc.
These are also used by various educational institutions to conduct classes since they are also closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. But some of these apps suffer from serious privacy and security concerns such as Zoom. The ministry of home affairs had issued an advisory stating that “Zoom is not a safe platform”. The other restriction is on the number of participants who could take part in the video or voice communications. This created a demand for a locally developed application which could be used as an alternative to the above mentioned applications and the government of India has announced a prize money of Rs.1 crore for a safe and secure alternative.
This is when a Dehradun based start-up, Ileads Auxiliary Services Pvt Ltd, came up with the application, Bharat.live .The platform was launched a few weeks ago. At present, it has approximately five lakh users and is adding around one lakh users daily.
Security concern regarding video conferencing app inspired the team members of the company to come up with the idea of Bharat.live. Recently , The Ministry of Home Affairs also had to come out with an advisory regarding security concerns. The Make in India initiative also inspired the company to develop an application which would be made in India for India. Some countries, especially China and Russia have their own video conferencing applications.
The company wanted to keep it simple so that anybody with necessary technical skills could understand and use the platform easily. Privacy and security of the users were considered to be important and sufficient consideration was given to this during the development of this application. Simplicity and Ease of use were the guiding stones throughout the development of the application.
One can use this application easily by registering with necessary details and OTP authentication to get a Login ID, password and Login link through which they can start a video conference. The webcam is not used unless you want to transmit the video and no chats or records are stored on the servers. The offline or online information is not collected and the meetings are also not recorded.
The application has got cryptographic standards such as AES 256 bit encryption and TLS (Transport Security Layer) SSL encryption and is HIPPA compliant which makes a security breach from the application a remote possibility. The servers and other main infrastructure are located in India which is the main difference between Bharat.live and its competitors. These measures make the application secure and safe from any security breaches.
As of now, it supports calls with 50 people and is planning to reach 100 people soon. It offers a free trial plan for 2 hours and 10 participants. Premium plans are available for businesses and consumers with separate prices.