Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan has asked the Information Technology industry to focus on research and development of “our own products” to ensure that national security aspects were not compromised.
Importing products from outside has its own problems and this underlines the need to focus on R&D for developing mechanism to safeguard national security. “Are we really engaged in R&D or are we primarily focussed on the revenue generation models of the products?” he asked while inaugurating the Technology Day celebration of the IT & ITES Industry Association of Andhra Pradesh (ITsAP) here on Saturday.
Mr. Narasimhan said the State continued to be a safe destination for IT investments “come what may”. The industry had stabilised its operations and there was no scope for flight of investments. Given new concepts like convergence and cloud technology, industry should consider their implication to the national security and “what exactly we are doing to safeguard it”.
The country was confronted with multiple security issues like cloning and technologies like Google Maps that could help monitor the activities taking place in a particular location. “Do we have capability to hide the Google Maps or technology that can ensure that events cannot be tracked by the Google? If not why don’t we have?” he questioned.
This was where the contribution of the industry would be a great value to the country rather than revenue generation models that “of course, is a bread and butter issue”.
The launch of services like Mee Seva mandated incorporation of security features for identification of users like a photograph to discourage unscrupulous elements misusing the facility.
The industry, he said, could explore options to work with security agencies so that a defensive mechanism could be developed for ensuring facilitation of services to “the common man”.
ITsAP president V. Rajanna said the State had the necessary potential for becoming leader in the IT sector and the association had submitted a 10-point road map in this direction to the Government. The sector was expected to witness growth of around 11 per cent during the current fiscal with mobility, social media, cloud and big data expected to become the major growth areas.