Bhuvan – India’s Online Earth Mapping service
Today Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has unveiled Indias first map navigation online web tool , known as “BHUVAN”. Bhuvan can be cosidered as rival application to Google Earth and wikimapia.
Bhuvan promises us to give better 3-D satellite images of all territory regions throught India and sub continent. Like Google Earth user can move maps from place to place , can zoom it along with the permission of grab, spin to complete access. Bhuvan opens the door to graphic visualisation of digital geospatial India.
For the Indian national people , Bhuvan software will be a freeware. ISRO’s bhuvan is part of Chandrayaan mission recently launched by India. Main aim of it is to provide useful information to deal with issues like floods, famines and Education. Bhuvan comes up with immense quality of visualization having 10m zoom in level from surface of Earth while Google is providing 200m of zoom level resolution. A tracking and mapping antenna which is placed in Chennai will be used for advanced 3D mapping and navigation.
Indian IT giant TCS played major role in this venture along with other IT companies including WIipro ,Infosys and Mahindra Satyam. Bhuvan will feature a multi layer information mapping unlike Google Earth having single layer mapping only. ISRO is also planning to update map information every year.
For accessing bhuvans online web tool :
1) You have to register on its website you can register now.
2) After successful registration you will asked to download Bhuvans plugin which will be comprised of 10.76 MB plugin software.
3)You will also need DirectX 9.0 and and MS .NET framework 2.0 or higher version