Google Earth in trouble


Pentagon has banned  Google from taking images and video of military installations.The problem the Pentagon had with these images was that they were shot with great detail and were found to represent a significant security risk.U.S. military and other world governments the satellite images and other footage Google offers on its Earth service represents a big security risk.Street View is a service of Google Earth that allows users of the application to travel down streets from the perspective of a car driver.

The U.S. military isn’t the only military force that has had problem with images shown on Google Earth. Back here in India,a Mumbai-based advocate has filed a petition in the Bombay high court for a “complete ban on Google Earth and similar sites like Wikimapia” as these could pose a security threat to the country.

According to the public interest litigation (PIL) filed by advocate Amit Karkhanis, these websites provided minute details, photographs and “extremely accurate navigational coordinates” of sensitive areas. These could be utilised by terrorists, who have been reportedly depending on advanced technology and internet services such as Google Earth, maps and satellite phones for planning their operations. Earlier, former president Dr.Abdul Kalam had voiced his concerns about the availability of unrestricted images of sensitive locations in the country on Google Earth.

Meanwhile,ISRO is ready to compete with Google Earth .Bhuvan, which means Earth in Hindu Sanskrit, will be India’s home-grown web-based satellite imaging and mapping app when it goes live in March 2009, according to Indian media.Bhuvan (meaning is Earth) will work just like Google Earth or Wikimapia but it will allow zooming far closer.

”  If Google Earth shows details upto 200 metres distance and Wikimapia upto 50 metres, Bhuvan will show images upto 10 metres, which means you can easily see details upto a three floor high building and also add information…….count the lions in Gir or fishermen find concentration of fish in the sea ” : Times of India

Bhuvan will use the data recorded by the Indian satellites only. The prototype of Bhuvan will be ready by the end of November and ISRO is hoping to officially launch the service by March next…………With Bhuvan we will be able to produce very local information which will be specific to only to our own country. This information available from this mapping system will be useful in addressing very local problems like floods, famines, infrastructure development, education and much more,…………………..The information on Bhuvan will be layer wise and the options of viewing filtered information will be available. Inputs from a lot of local players, like farmers, fishermen and likes who know the local area in and out, will also being integrated in Bhuvan. This is for the primary reason to make it of more use to the general public.. ”  : ISRO Chairman Dr G Madhavan Nair


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