May
11

​How a French vacation shows we need high-tech addresses – CNET

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Even in the Net era, physical addresses are important in mature and developing economies. That’s why companies like Google and What3words offer global location-encoding systems.

Source: ​How a French vacation shows we need high-tech addresses – CNET

Besides a personal travelogue, this nicely-toned and balanced piece gives a concise over-view of the current players in the “address market”. Street addressing in the “old style” is not described here, as it almost never is in the reviews of the “newest things”.  New stuff is nifty, and seems to all be mobile-based.  As long as you can get a signal on your mobile, you are fine, but this is problematic in much of the world.  Moreover, as the market gets more and more crowded, there will come a point, probably after a series of bad results, such as deaths, due to incompatible or conflicting systems being used by, for example, the police authorities and the health authorities.  And then the world, or at least each country, will need to choose a public “address” (read ‘location’) system.

Getting to the apartment in Corsica was important, getting to the fire, the crime scene, the auto accident, the whatever crisis, is even more so, requiring everyone concerned to be on the same system.

After a glance at the the author’s map of Corsica, I do admit that in some cases the street name and number system might have some inefficiencies! What a nightmare of short streets!

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