what ISRO says about bhuvan ?
The ISRO, based in Bangalore, said, “Bhuvan will use a network of satellites to create a high-resolution, bird’s eye-view of India – and later, possibly, the rest of the world – that will be accessible at no cost online and will compete with Google Earth. If a pilot version passes muster, Bhuvan will be fully operational by the spring of 2009. There are also plans to incorporate a global positioning system (GPS) into the online tool.”
Google Earth shows details upto 200 meters distance and Wikimapia upto 50 meters, Bhuvan will show images upto 10 meters.this means u can even point a moving vehicle in the ground quite easily.although the mapping resolution varies but u can assume its resolution most of the time offering at an average of 5.8 meter which means you are looking at the logo of your dish antenna as it would look like to be seen from the balcony of a 4 story building.
The latest version Bhuvan will be able to take more closer pictures of the Indian Subcontinent as compared to the Google Earth. The new ISRO Bhuvan will also feature a multi layer information mapping while the present Google Earth features a single layer information mapping system. Apart from that, Bhuvan will also update map information every year contrary to the Google Earth which updates its map information every 4 years.
* Visualise 2D and 3D image data along with rich thematic information on Soil, wasteland, water resources etc.
* Fly to locations ( Flies from the current location directly to the selected location)
* Heads-Up Display ( HUD) naviation controls ( Tilt slider, north indicator, opacity, compass ring, zoom slider)
* Navigation using the 3D view Pop-up menu (Fly-in, Fly out, jump in, jump around, view point)
* 3D Fly through (3D view to fly to locations, objects in the terrain, and navigate freely using the mouse or keyboard)
* Drawing 2D objects (Text labels, polylines, polygons, rectangles, 2D arrows, circles, ellipse)
* Drawing 3D Objects (placing of expressive 3D models, 3D polygons, boxes)
* Snapshot creation (copies the 3D view to a floating window and allows to save to a external file)
* Measurement tools (Horizontal distance, aerial distance, vertical distance, measure area)
* Shadow Analysis (it sets the sun position based on the given time creating shadows and effects the lighting on the terrain)
DNA India has a properly reported article
The data gathered through Bhuvan will be provided to different government agencies for urban planning, traffic management, crop planning, education and forest planning. The data will be available free to users, but very high resolution and customized precision data will be given to agencies at a cost, [ISRO Chairman] Madhavan added. “Integrated with application-specific Spatial Decision Support tools, the application will open up a new era of collaborative mapping in the country,” he said.
acces the new bhuvan site :www.bhuvan.nrsc.gov.in/