It is not even a day since Modi made a comment about the Indian IT industry and the Nano model and we already have an answer. ISRO has announced a world class product. ISRO’s Bhuvan is all set to become a Google Earth beater, at least in India. Chandrayan launch is still fresh in our minds and ISRO has one more thing to cheer about.
Bhuvan will use the data recorded by the Indian satellites only. Prototype will be available by the end of November and the product is available in March 2009.Â It will also be limited to Indian sub-continent. Now we can know what the Pakistani Prime Minister is doing on his terrace. We can also know if Aamir Khan’s neighbors really have a dog. We cannot know if Aamir Khan’s dog’s name is Shah Rukh or not.
Google Earth can zoom up to 200 meters. WikiMapia can zoom up to 50 meters. Guess how far can Bhuvan zoom up to. It’s 10 meters. Isn’t that amazing? I think it is. Not only is that amazing but it is scary too. I recently blogged about Trackut a nifty mobile tool to track events in a city, based on your location. I felt that was scary. But Bhuvan beats that.
Zooming to 10 meters is like, if you are on your terrace, people having access to this can see you. I am sure there will be some glitches and Bhuvan might need some time to become a full product. I just hope this product is not released to the public. It would be used by the law enforcement agencies and put to a good use.
I am proud for ISRO’s achievement but general public should be confined to Google Earth for getting directions.