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Bhuvan Upgraded: Mapping Tool, 2.5D City Models, Better High-Res Imagery & Others

Indian Space Research Organization's National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC) has informed that it recently released upgraded its Google-Earth like satellite mapping tool Bhuvan, adding several new features, datasets and services. These include - - Bhuvan Mapper: NRSC has released a web-based mapper to allow users to add places of interest across various categories along with a description to the available maps or update the existing maps with new information on a place. It has also released an Android app which allows users to upload map data from their neighbourhood to Bhuvan. Similar to Bhuvan's Android app which was released last August, Bhuvan Mapper is also not available on Play Store and one can download the app from the Bhuvan website. We wonder why is NRSC providing direct links to its Android app on its website, rather than publishing them on Google Play Store, since we feel they are essentially limiting the discoverability of the app through this approach. This might also raise security concerns among users, since people are usually wary of installing third party apps. - 2.5D City Models: Bhuvan's 2D viewer has now been updated with 2.5 D models of buildings, Infrastructure and recreational areas for 136 towns across India. - High Resolution Imagery: It has added improved high resolution imagery with spatial resolution of one meter for 55 cities and towns from the mapping satellite Cartosat-2 besides the existing imagery from Cartosat-1 of spatial resolution of 2.5 meters. - Bhuvan Collaborative Portal: NRSC's Bhuvan Collaborative portal now allows users to share, access and upload pests and disease…

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