India is launching its own version of Google Earth called “Bhuvan", the popular satellite mapping tool. It allows the users to zoom on any spot on the planet by using just a PC. It is developed by India’s National Remote Sensing Center (NRSC).
This service is aimed at helping scientist, town planners and administrators in areas of disaster management. It is expected to give better performance than Google Earth. NRSC director V.Jayaraman said that they are working to achieve a 7 feet resolution.
NRSC claims that "BHUVAN" will provide the latest information on our natural resources and will be useful in understanding the local problems like floods, famines, infrastructure development and much more.
"BHUVAN" is capable to show images 20 times closer than those taken by Google Earth and they will be upgraded every year. NRSC officials say that the software and infrastructure of Bhuvan are already developed and they hope to have it operational by next March.
Security experts feel that "BHUVAN" a security threat because it can be misused. Giving satellite images to everyone is not advisable. Kasab, the only terrorist caught alive in Mumbai attacks has admitted that all 10 gunmen were shown all the locations with the help of Google Earth.