Bhuvan, (à¤à¥à¤µà¤¨: is a word in Sanskrit meaning Earth, does it point some thing) is a satellite mapping tool similar to Google Earth and Wikimapia. It is developed by Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) an important figure in World space market with several successful satellit missions including recent successful satellite launch to Moon named mission Chandrayan means mission to mooon.
more info about isro's useful software (isrobhuvan) follows.
Bhuvan has better resolution up to 5 metres while google Earth features only up to 200 meters and is considered as a rival to Google Earth and Wikimapia. ISRO's satellites are more concentrated in Indian continent and atleast in this area it will be stiff competition for Google Earth. Apart from this since ISRO is an india government agency, Bhuvan can offer a host of India specific attractions like weather info, Governmental boundaries of every states & districts, population and other sensus, area measurement, distance calculation, administrative details etc.
From wikipedia article about Bhuvan:
Bhuvan displays better images of India than the ones relayed by Google Earth along with a number of other interesting features which include weather information and even administrative boundaries of all states and districts, relevant only to the country. ISRO Bhuvan is equally capable of offering images of the globe, but the best resolution area includes India at the moment. In the Indian subcontinent, Bhuvan will be able to display a picture from ten meters away that is; a commuter moving on the road can be easily spotted.
National Remote Sensing Agency played an important role in the creation of this product. ISRO has used data provided by satellites including Resourcesat-1, Cartosat-1 and Cartosat-2 to get the best possible imagery for India. ISRO claims that the application can provide imagery of up to 10 metres for major Indian cities compared to 200 meters provided by Google Earth.
* Bhuvan allows users to access, explore and visualize 2D and 3D image data along with rich thematic information on soil, wasteland, water resources etc in the Indian subcontinent.
Hardware and software Requirements for Bhuvan
* Operating System: Windows XP/Vista
Yesterday I took a preview of Bhuvan isro and found to have faster loading time compared to Google Earth, administrative locations including villages, districts were visible as layers with sensus data, other local statistics were visible, but at closer zoom the images were not clear. May be it is because the service is over crowded. Any way it is for sure ISRO can fulfill their expections with having a bunch of high quality satellites in hand.
One thing is for sure, Bhuvan isro will force other mapping services to improve their quality of services, which will be good for all. What do you think about it, please comment.