The Citadel Group (ASX:CGL) has revealed a prototype of what could become a national security app running on Microsoft Azure.
Following the announcement that Microsoft is now the fifth cloud provider to be awarded the "protected" certification level from Australian Signals Directorate (ASD), Citadel demonstrated the "Keep us safe" application.
The prototype was demonstrated in the form of a standalone app, however, Robert Hartley, Citadel Group national security and defence industry lead, explained that the solution is ready to be built within existing apps.
The application offers four key functions: an emergency call so people in danger are able to contact law enforcement when in critical situation; live report allows the use of rich media such as video, photo or audio to pass the information on; upload allows for people to upload media and alert that can be used to send information out to a community alerting of a local danger or a missing child.
The application is in prototype mode but Citadel has told ARN that it is currently working with clients on specific use cases. This includes airport security, hospital incident prevention, and protecting people in public city spaces.
The use of the new app can be expected to be piloted with customers in the areas the company already has presence such as the health sector and universities.
This could take place in an university, for example, where it can be tested and proved it works so Citadel can then move into taking this to government agencies.
The app will also do a digital triage of the information coming in so if several reports come from different people about the same issue it can be treated as one incident rather than action one for each person reporting it.
There are also filters to make sure that operators are not distracted by pranks, however every incident reported will be assessed.
As announced on 3 April, Microsoft has been awarded the protected certification for 35 services from Azure and Office 365.
"All of our 11,000 partners in the country will have access to the Azure capability," Microsoft Australia managing director, Steven Worrall said.
The Microsoft announcement came less than a week after Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced it had completed the independent assessment which is one of many steps to achieving the protected level. AWS currently offers EBS, EC2, IAM, S3 and VPC under the unclassified DLM, data that is unclassified with a dissemination limiting marker (DLM).
For Worrall this is certainly a win against its competitor but it is also the result of something Microsoft has worked really hard on getting.
"I honestly believe that we are helping to create a pathway that will allow more and more cloud capability to become available to the government."