Daily Archives: November 20, 2008
Indian Space Research Organization will roll-out a rival to Google Earth, the hugely popular online satellite imagery service,
The project, Bhuvan (Sanskrit for Earth), will allow users to zoom into areas as small as 10 metres wide. Now compare that to the 200 metre wide zoom limit on Google Earth. Bhuvan will use a network of satellites to create a high-resolution, bird’s-eye view of India that will be accessible at no cost online and will compete with Google Earth.
In the hope of stimulating local technological, industrial and economic development, France in 2006 announced a 2 billion euro (about $2.5 billion) plan to back a series of projects including one on a Franco-German search engine intended to rival Google. This fizzled out without a trace. Undeterred, a year later France unveiled Géoportail, its own answer to Google Earth.