the Google Maps and Google World Wonders website, to be viewed alongside the hundreds of tourist attractions around the world that have already been mapped.
Google Street View primarily features imagery taken on public property. This imagery is not available in real time and is no different from what any person can readily capture or see walking down the street. Despite this, Google has run into problems with Indian authorities in the past. Questions have been raised that Google photography might reveal sensitive details of security installations and defence establishments.
In contrast, WoNoBo.com seems to be on a firm wicket. Its promoter, Genesys International is a home-grown mapping firm. Not only that, it seems to have addressed all government concerns such as not taking photographs in sensitive locations etc. Sajid Malik, CMD, Genesys International, said “Decades of global experience in the geospatial domain have enabled us to build India’s first and most comprehensive navigation platform that also incorporates social media. “We are the first urban chronicle of today’s India, having mapped panoramic imagery of thousands of square kilometres and close to 10 million places of interest across the country. We also continue to update the platform. On one hand, this new media service will provide an innovative dimension for users to share stories and build communities; on the other, it will provide local businesses a unique platform to offer a plethora of services.”
As part of its strategy, WoNoBo.com has tied up with ministry of tourism’s Incredible India campaign for Walking Tours, a unique and exciting product that will enable users to navigate and route their way through cities based on a number of interesting themes. Users will be able to search, explore and share ‘points of interest’ across the length and breadth of the country. At launch, the service will be available for 12 major Indian cities and will soon be expanded to 54 cities.
WoNoBo.com also offers several other services. One, for instance, enables users to illustrate, using 360-degree views, the colourful, chaotic, dramatic lives they lead in different corners of the country. It also offers guides, created by users as