By Kalyan Parbat | TNN
KOLKATA, India, 5 September 2013
India’s automated surveillance system will soon be certified and made operational after the Centre for Development of Telematics (C-DoT) and Telecom Engineering Centre (TEC) conclude technical certification. The system known as the “Centralised Monitoring System” (CMS), will be capable of tracking all forms of communications — wireless, landline, satellite, internet to VoIP — according to internal government documents seen by [Economic Times] ET.
Post-Mumbai terror attacks in 2008, CMS is among India’s most talked about security drives that targets private information of individuals, since it will enable real-time tracking of online activities, phone calls, text messages and even social media conversations.
The Rs 400-crore CMS project, which will be entirely funded by the government, was approved by the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) more than two years ago.
The TEC, which is DoT’s technical wing, will form an apex panel with top representatives from C-DoT and DoT’s vigilance wing, to oversee validation of all surveillance gear to be housed in 21 regional monitoring centres (RMCs) across the country.
“It’s been decided that CDoT and TEC will jointly finalise the acceptance testing plan for various CMS elements. Since installation of various CMS nodes is in progress, a standard test plan is required for verifying compliance,” says an internal telecom ministry noting seen by ET.