People from around the world can now explore Bangladesh from their smartphone or PC with the launch of Google Street View service in the South Asian country on February 5, 2015. Roam the streets of Dhaka and Chittagong, Bangladesh’s two largest cities, or explore digital panoramic imagery of 40 of the country’s most important historic, heritage, and tourism sites, also available on Google Maps.
Bangladesh’s Street View is a year in the making — on February 14, 2013, the Google Street View car started its work from Uttara in Dhaka. The country becomes the 65th to have this Google service, first launched in May 2007.
Street View in Bangladesh is the result of collaboration between Google and the Access to Information (A2I) Programme at the prime minister’s office in Bangladesh, which is supported by the United Nations Development Programme and the US Agency for International Development.
Google Street View is a technology featured in Google Maps that displays panoramas of stitched images of streets in a high-quality 360-degree view. Most photography is done by the Google Street View car, but some is done by trekker, tricycle and underwater apparatus. The Street View car has nine cameras, GPS and laser technologies which record the distances between the camera and landmarks. The recorded images are then processed and personal info (faces, number plates, etc.) is blurred, and then the images are added to Google Maps.
In an op-ed in the Daily Star, Anir CHowdhury, policy adviser to the Access To Information Project, described how Google Street View can create new opportunities for Bangladesh in terms of boosting tourism and attracting foreign investment.
Read more: globalvoicesonline.org – Written by Nurunnaby Hasive, Translated by Rezwan