Bangalore: The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has launched a mobile version of its geoportal Bhuvan. ISRO has also taken the crowdsourced approach to generate data for its maps by including ‘Add Content’ option that allows users to add Points of Interest (POI) data under various categories.
The app provides a satellite map on the screen. One can search for any location from the search bar on the top of the app or allow the app to track device location through phone’s GPS. One can also add layers such as place names. The Rediff Map layer adds railway tracks, road, highways, and more towns/cities names. Bhuvan users can see POI data added by them under ‘My Content’ option and can see the POI data added by other Bhuvan users under ‘Unverified Content’. ISRO has not mentioned whether it plans to verify the user generated data at some point. The app has not been submitted to the Google Play Store. It is accessible from bhuvan3.nrsc.gov.in/bhuvan/mobile/mobile.html.