The National Technical Research Organisation (NTRO), a premier scientific organisation under the national security adviser in the prime minister's office and engaged in the development and deployment of systems for national security, will be located near Hyderabad.
This was decided at a meeting of senior NTRO officials with the Chief Minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy in Hyderabad on Saturday. The NTRO's activities include aviation and remote sensing, data gathering & processing, cyber security, crypto systems, strategic hardware & software development and strategic monitoring.
It will have under its wing the National Institute of Cryptology Research and Development (NICRD), which will be the first of its kind in Asia. The NICRD will create a pool of experts in information security for industry and government.
It will have state-of-the-art laboratories like stimulation labs, digital fortress labs for financial security and design, develop encryption products for national security applications.
There will be strong linkages with academic institutions and industries. The NICRD will have headquarters in Hyderabad with a residential campus centres in other parts of the country.
The NTRO will also include the National Information Infrastructure Protection Centre (NIIPC) which will be India's first hi-tech critical infrastructure Protection Centre. It will provide cutting edge R&D in the area of critical information protection by harnessing competencies and capabilities in industry and educational institutions.
The NTRO will deploy sophisticated unmanned aerial vehicles for internal security and will have remote sensing satellite data archival back-up facility with value-added remote sensing image products generation facility. It will also have a Disaster Recovery Centre as part of a national information repository exchange generating and disseminating thousands of petabytes on real time for national security related activities.
Official sources said that in addition to serving overall national security requirements, presence of these centres will have a catalytic effect in creating security related professionals, products and services as a spin off catering to various other sectors of economy.