The city will soon have an interactive map based on virtual Geographical Information System (GIS). The National Atlas and Thematic Mapping Organisation (NATMO) is preparing a 3D geographic information system that will enable a person to undertake a virtual tour of the city’s monuments, museums and important places attracting many tourists every year. Such interactive maps have helped some overseas countries to boost tourism.
“We are running a pilot project and will start working with large buildings and other places of interest in the city soon,” said Tapati Banerjee, director of NATMO. “Such virtual GIS models can be useful tools for the tourists who want to get information about any building or museum,” she added. Virtual GIS maps, different from what Google maps offer, are created by fusing GIS with the Graphic User Interface (GUI), which can offer drop-down menus and widgets. The user can interact with the maps with mouse pointers to get information about various locations.
“In Google maps you can see the buildings from outside. But with the virtual maps, one can get information about what is inside. Eve one can take a virtual tour of the building,” said Banerjee. The model is also useful for engineers and architects when they try to repair or restore a damaged structure. NATMO has created a virtual GIS map of its own office at Salt Lake and they will showcase it at the India International Science Festival, which will be held in the city between November 5 and 8.
Meanwhile, the organisation is preparing an urban scape map for the state health department. They will create a map for the dengue- affected areas in the city.
Source: Times of India