Wednesday, November 05, 2008

India: Bhuvan vs. Google Earth

ISRO will launch an IRS image portal called “Bhuvan” and an information portal called “Bhu Sampada” by March 2009. The “Bhuvan” portal is expected to be more powerful and efficient than the popular “Google Earth.”

"ISRO is planning to launch 'Bhuvan'. It is equivalent to the Google Earth, but is going to be much more precise," said Nair, who was here to attend the inaugural function of the 28th INCA International Congress on Collaborative Mapping and Space Technology.

"It will provide the latest information on our natural resources. We are going to provide very accurate maps of the region with the latest picture. This will be more beneficial for the people of the country," he said.

"The service likely to commence in the coming six months, will be available to the people in appropriate manner. This will provide valuable and updated information to the people," Nair said.

"The software and infrastructure necessary for the service is being established," he said. "Though most of the information will be online, but precision data will be given to selected users only," Nair said.

The ISRO chairman said with this service they will have mapping of the entire earth, both in terms of the upper land surface and the exotic minerals down below. Nair also delivered the Todar Mul Memorial lecture on the occasion and briefed the participants about the Indian space programme and its application in day-to-day life.

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