Bhuvan Portal

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India Space Research Organization and MapmyIndia have partnered together to develop an indigenous geospatial portal known as ‘Bhuvan.’ This partnership is in line with the new guidelines for the Geo-Spatial Sector in India.

Geospatial Portal

A type of web portal used for finding and accessing geographic information along with associated geographic services such as display, editing, analysis, etc. via the internet.

Portal Significance

  • The true borders of the country would be reflected by the services based on the availability from the Govt. of India.
  • Ensures better protection of privacy.
  • This portal is well aligned with the government՚s Mission of Atma Nirbhar Bharat.


  • Connecting MapmyIndia՚s database with ISRO՚s high-end satellite catalogue and earth observation data being generated using a constellation of its satellites.
  • Identifying and building a holistic geospatial portal utilizing earth observation dataset, Navigation in Indian Constellation (NavIC) , Web Services including the APIs available in MapmyIndia.


  • A software intermediary which allows two applications to talk to each other.
  • It is a computing interface defining interactions between multiple software intermediaries.


  • An Indian technology company and an alternative to Google Map.
  • Builds digital map data, telematics services, Global Information System as well as Artificial Intelligence Services.
  • It covers nearly 7.5 lakh Indian villages and 7,500 cities.
  • The database consists of a road network connected by 63 lakh km.
  • MapmyIndia is being used by almost all the vehicle manufacturers in India coming up with built-in navigation systems.

Other Products

Real-time traffic updates and navigation are provided by an app called ‘Move.’

Navigation in Indian Constellation (NavIC)

  • It is an Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) .
  • Developed by the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) .
  • IRNSS consists of eight satellites:
    • Three satellites in geostationary orbit.
    • Five satellites in geosynchronous orbit.
  • It further works just like the established and popular U. S. Global Positioning System (GPS) but limited to a 1,500-km radius over the sub-continent.
  • Certification has been done by the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3 GPP) , a global body for the coordination of mobile technology standards.
  • Main aim is to provide reliable position, navigation and timing services over India and its neighbourhood.

Potential Uses

  • Disaster management.
  • Integration with mobile phones.
  • Terrestrial, aerial, and marine navigation.
  • Mapping and geodetic data capture.

Some Other Global Navigational Systems

  • Galileo (Europe)
  • BeiDou/BDS (China)
  • GLONASS (Russia)
  • Quasi-Zenith Satellite System (QZSS) (Japan)

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