The federal government is set to launch a unified communication and collaboration tool to ensure better, efficient, and safer official communication.

Named “Beep Pakistan,” the platform has been developed by the National Information Technology Board (NITB).

Speaking ahead of the launch of Beep Pakistan, DG Project Management Office (PMO), Faisal Iqbal Ratyal, said that the application will have a wide range of features including messaging, audio calling, and video conferencing.

Beep Pakistan will be initially launched for 20,000 high-ranking government officials responsible for decision-making. The scope of the application will be extended to the remaining government officers in the next phase.

When asked about the rationale behind Beep Pakistan, he said that the government decided to develop a dedicated platform for official communication after mobile devices of government officials of a neighboring country were compromised following a cyberattack, resulting in leakage of sensitive official information.

In view of the cyberattack in the neighboring state, the government made a decision to move the official communication to a platform that can be controlled within the country so that any sensitive information can be added or removed in case of cyberattacks.