Oct
25

“Ghana Post GPS not designed to meet its objectives” – IT Consultant – MyJoyOnline.com

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Source: “Ghana Post GPS not designed to meet its objectives” – IT Consultant – MyJoyOnline.com

This is a very sad-sounding article in the Ghana Post about a recently launched address project which apparently will not do the job.  When you put a 5 by 5 meter square over a piece of the Earth, it is pretty common for  the outline of that square to reach into 2 or even more pieces of seperately delineated real estate,  ie, my kitchen and my neighbor’s bathroom.

This is one situation that the new project of a concerned group of private sector organizations and UPU member countries at the Universal Postal Union will work hard to avoid.  GADA is just returned from meetings at the UPU to outline the work of the group to collect information about GPS systems and to provide UPU member countries with unbiased, knowledgeable, and accurate information on the many GPS programs available.

The article raises one of the difficult problems growing out of GPS area delineation. GPS draws immovable lines on the earth’s surface without regard to our activities, but we humans don’t pay any attention to those lines when we claim ownership of a chunk of it.   No doubt there are probably solutions out there and we certainly hope Ghana Post reaches out to the UPU Addressing Staff  and some of the experts in the industry for help in finding them.

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