ISROs geoportal Bhuvan,that helps in geo-mapping and navigation across the country,has turned 3-dimensional. This is an attempt to bring the portal at par with Google Earth,say scientists.
The new 3D feature of the portal is ISROs attempt to bring Bhuvan at par with Google Earth. The geoportal also includes Pocket Bhuvan. It is accessible on all smartphones and functions like Google Navigation, said Himanshu Pandya,a scientist at the Space Application Centre (SAC),an important city-based arm of ISRO that provides regular updates to the portal regarding natural disasters and water bodies.
The 3-D features will enhance the experience of portal users. Bhuvan,launched in 2009 to mark the 90th birth anniversary of Vikram Sarabhai,is maintained by the SAC and Hyderabad-based National Remote Sensing Centre. The biggest advantage that Bhuvan has over Google Earth and Google Navigation is that it is enabled to map even the remotest corner or village of the Indian territory, said Pandya.