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Indiana Technology and Manufacturing Companies (ITAMCO) has been awarded a Phase 1 grant from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to develop a secure messaging and transaction platform for the U.S. military.

In Phase 1 of this project, which runs approximately 10 months, ITAMCO aims to develop the cyber security architecture for a secure messaging application, based on the company’s existing Crypto-Chat application with added blockchain technology, said the company in a statement.

By adding this technology to its existing privacy architecture, ITAMCO says it seeks to be able to create a secure, virtually hack-proof messaging and transaction platform app that separates the creation of a message from the way it is transferred and received. The app’s decentralized messaging backbone aims to allow anyone, anywhere to send a secure message or conduct other transactions that can be traced through a decentralized ledger across multiple channels.

ITAMCO says it plans to collaborate on Phase 1 of the project with Jarek Nabrzyski, director of the Center for Research Computing at the University of Notre Dame, and Ian Taylor, Distributed Computing and Data Science Research Professor at the center.

The Phase 1 grant was made through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program.

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