Bhuvan ISROs new steps in the sky
When ever we surf Google earth or Wikimapia, we found that images are blur and not much clear. At that time though must had spark in you mind that what if they had given better resolution? We can have better view of the particular places. Imagine if you could count the number of vehicle parked in particular area just by moving your mouse on your computer. ISRO Space application center has just made that possible by an innovation which is called “Bhuvan”.
Numerous scientific innovations done by SAC (Space Application Center) for satellite mapping tool, Bhuvan (meaning is Earth) will work just like Google Earth or Wikimapia but it will allow zooming far closer. Bhuvan will show images up to 10 meters, which means one can view the image up to a 1-5 floor high building.
Announcing this at the Indian National Cartographic Association (INCA) International Congress here on Tuesday (4th November 2008) ISRO Chairman Dr G Madhavan Nair said, “Bhuvan will use the data recorded by the Indian satellites only. The prototype of Bhuvan will be ready by the end of November and ISRO is hoping to officially launch the service by March next”.
He added that while other mapping sites take four years to update, Bhuvan will be upgraded every year. “This will be able to give you an image from only 10 meters away”, he said to the excited gathering.
Unlike the other two webmaps, Bhuvan will focus only on the Indian sub-continent.
“With Bhuvan we will be able to produce very local information which will be specific to only to our own country. This information available from this mapping system will be useful in addressing very local problems like floods, famines, infrastructure development, education and much more,” Nair said.
“The information on Bhuvan will be layer wise and the options of viewing filtered information will be available. Inputs from a lot of local players, like farmers, fishermen and likes who know the local area in and out, will also being integrated in Bhuvan. This is for the primary reason to make it of more use to the general public,” he said”
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