We were not accustomed to the internet some ten years ago. Now when we look at the world, it has drastically changed. The reason- “The Internet”. The internet has provided a colossal platform for individuals around the world to communicate with each other as well as exchange information, money and what not. In such times, the efficacy of social media is never out of the question.

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and other similar social interaction platforms are thriving on communication between people. Every day there are new initiatives from each of these internet giants to create something appeasing for the people. In this discussion, we shall be reviewing Facebook’s plans to make maps of every building in the world.

A Mission…

  • Facebook has embarked on a mission to create maps of every building on this planet which is inhabited by humans.
  • This plan will be setting the precedent for a greater purpose.
  • The objective of this plan is to deliver Facebook services to remotest of places on Earth.
  • The project is a part of the Connectivity Lab program of Facebook, which aims at enhancing internet access in developing countries.
  • The group’s technical equipment would incite jealousy in you especially if you are a tech enthusiast.
  • Satellites, drones and lasers; Name it, you got it! These gadgets make the scenario ‘James Bond’ like doesn’t it?
  • These equipment will be used to improve internet connectivity in rural and remote areas.
  • The astonishing fact is that around 10% of the world’s population is residing in rural or remote locations and are still devoid of viable access to the internet.

How They Plan To Do It?

  • 350 terabytes of data were accumulated for the project which comprised of satellite images of 21.6 million square kilometers area.
  • This data helped in ascertaining the number and locations of buildings in remote areas.
  • A new type of mapping has enabled Facebook to determine the density of population in the target areas.
  • Based on the findings from the satellite images, Facebook has planned distinct methods for facilitating quick internet access to the rural population.
  • Facebook has reported in a blog post which also announced the initiation of this project that concentrated population densities in villages which are lined up along roads or a river can be connected by point-to-point links on the ground itself.
  • On the other hand, distributed populations shall be connected through satellites or unmanned aerial vehicles.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has pointed out to the application of this project in socio-economic research and disaster aftermath evaluation.