The Indian government has developed Sanchar Saathi, an artificial intelligence-based service that allows telecom subscribers to track and disable their lost or stolen phones, even if a new SIM card is inserted. Among other things, it protects the personal data on mobile phones and allows them to disengage from any network provider.
“Today, we are launching three consumer-facing reforms. The first one is registered as centralized identity equipment. These are methods for uniquely identifying any phone number. You can put your phone number on it if you get misplaced, and your phone will be disabled after speaking with law enforcement,” said Union Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw.
“Second, know your phone. As citizens, we have the right to ensure that no one else uses our phone number. Your phone number is linked to your KYC documentation. Any phone connection taken in your name across the country will be discovered using an AI system. For example, in Jamtara, someone takes a connection in your name. You can now have it blocked,” he added.
The third reform, known as Astr, employs artificial intelligence to determine the number of connections each person has made. To gain many connections, fraudsters frequently use techniques such as impersonating someone or submitting different photographs.
Astr has been created and deployed on 87 crore mobile connections to combat these fraudulent operations. These efforts have resulted in the detection of 40 lakh bogus connections. 36 lakh connections have been disconnected as a result of this, told the minister.