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https://connectamericas.com/

An energetic promotion of ecommerce on a regional scale and much to be encouraged.  But it’s a missed opportunity to use this as a platform to mobilize business leaders to demand that governments bring their populations “online” by installing current and accurate addressing systems.   If you don’t have an address, you don’t exist. And you can’t spend, or earn, much money.  An address for everyone.

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Go to the home page and download this informative paper on providing addresses in two very different environments. The one a large island with a few main roads and many ‘wide paths’ with a desperate need to identify tax payers and phone and utility customers, and fire hydrants. The other, a vibrant mid-sized ancient city in India with carefully laid-out streets. In neither location was there any addressing. In both , the company engaged local people to assist with assuring the local population this was a government-sanctioned exercise and to assume responsibility for further expansion of the system. In the one exercise, they event served as census-takers of somewhat surprising subjects! Good pictures and a quick read.
Charles Prescott

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20

Blockchain Tracing

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Blockchain Food Safety Alliance

This is epic. Food can be traced from creation to consumption, globally. The implications for optimazation of supplies and the potential to obliterate starvation are huge.  And consider what other substances could be traced, and re-alocated: milk, airplane tickets, medicines, clothing, gasoline.  There is nothing that could not be subject to blockchain registration and tracking, and trading.  The potential for a total remake of the wholesale and retail industries is significant.

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Addressing expert and member of GADA’s Advisory Board Graham Rhind asks to what extent the countries who have publicly announced their adoption of What3Words’ system have actually done so.  We don’t know and invite anyone who does to let us know.  Part of the problem may be that if the company’s relationship is with the local post, then the lack of further information could well be due to the simple fact that those posts don’t have public relations offices.  And most countries’ public infrastructure bodies don’t view international press relations as within their responsibility!

But Graham raises a question of importance for the developing world.  Here are some early steps in deployment of this system. How is it going, and what are people discovering regarding where it excels  and where it does not.

http://grcdi.blogspot.de/2017/11/when-is-implemented-code-not.html

 

 

 

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Mr. Pigot, founder of Addressing the Unaddressed, and currently providing geo-coded addresses to thousands of small habitations in a massive slum in Kolkata, India, has recently completed a re-write of his paper proposing a new address element in the traditional address form.  The paper is much broader than that, of course, and he discusses much else which we should be cognoscent of.  For example, the increasing dominance of parcel traffic in the international postal stream, and the response of developing countries to that traffic; the ancient history of the current address format and content; the necessity for postcodes and the lack of them in so many developing countries.

And perhaps most important, the need for postal addressing to have Map-ability, Uniqueness, and Ubiquity, which today it does not have.  The discussion of these three problems leads him to propose a “new” address element within the generally currently accepted format. We invite the reader to discover where he proposes it be positioned!

Finally, the paper concludes with a very thought-provoking discussion of what sort of code should be adopted.  His analysis of 3 different categories of geo-code address proposals is quite intruiging. Which of the 3 models is optimal? What are their respective strengths and weaknesses?  We urge the reader to download the paper and contemplate Mr. Pigot’s answers to those questions.

There is much of use to be contemplated in this paper.

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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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Source: How To Address An Envelope – Writing A Letter Guide

This very elegantly produced set of instructions fills an important hole in the education of anyone under the age of 35.  Regardless of the title, the education includes choice of paper, how to address the reader, the nature of the content, and so on right through to positioning the postage stamp on the envelope.  Sadly, this is needed today.  Save the letter! Give yourself new status with those you write!  Create messages that will outlive their recipients!

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https://www.dataprivacyandsecurityinsider.com/2017/05/ftc-launches-website-to-help-small-businesses-with-cyber-attacks/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed: DataPrivacyAndSecurityInsider (Data Privacy + Security Insider)

An incredible and timely resource for the benefit of any company, not just us little guys.  Very much worth the time using this information.

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Source: Tonga adopts what3words as national postal addressing system

This is perhaps the fourth recent announcement of a post, generally in a smaller, often developing, nation, adopting what3words.  St. Maarten and Mongolia and Cote d’Ivoire are additional examples. This series of adoptions is leading to the conclusion that this system is not a flash in the pan; some serious professionals charged with the very serious matter of delivering letters and parcels to citizens, and  fulfilling other important government functions, have been convinced that the system is satisfactory.

We are still dubious.  Giving every 3-square meter piece of the earth’s surface a 3-word name is a remarkable achievement, especially when done in more than a dozen languages and with sensitivity for “offensive” words!

But this old letter carrier wonders what the postman does when walking her route. There is no continuity from building to building…no 201, 203, 205.  The old pros memorize their routes in short order, to be sure. But what about the parcel carriers who literally drive a different route every delivery day?

It seems delivery must be accomplished with the aid of some digital tools, like a mobile phone. This may prove to be a major problem in the developing world.

On the other hand, as one looks at an overhead photo of the streets of many of the adopting countries, there is a commonality. The “streets” sometimes are dirt paths, some wider, some narrower. The streets are often twisty and complex. One historian of London noted that many of its oldest streets follow the paths created by browsing cows, and British cows never walked a straight line. Cows share this proclivity world-wide.  This is not 2,4,6 territory.

What this suggests for the exercise of postal responsibilities is that the best one can do is to identify delivery points, make the mapping of those points universally accessible, and let the public and the posts and delivery agents accommodate themselves to creating their own logical ordering or data systems.

The “address” data implicit in “one.two.three” (author’s creation, by the way) is quite spare. This designation actually says nothing at all about its location or that of its neighbors in the way that “132 W. 16th St” does.  It identifies only this one small spot in its lonely glory somewhere on Earth.

BUT, and this is where “system” comes in,  when connected to the main database and a “translation facility” (read – “map on my mobile phone”) every square can be pictorially presented. Your address becomes what it is in any system – an identity point with neighbors. Presuming the website from which you are ordering a Valentine’s Day gift supports it, you can provide your loved one’s what3words address, and it will identify both the location and the person.  She might have to visit the local post office responsible for her address, and she would identify herself with her name and her new “geographical id”, her address. (And you will be a hero!)

All of which makes perfect sense and provides the individual with an “address identity” which is necessary for many things in the nation – open a bank account, buy an air ticket, apply to university, obtain government benefits, send children to school, vote…..  This alone justifies this exercise. An address validates an individual as properly existing and entitled to exercise the rights recognized by the country.  But, unlike traditional addressing systems, the address does not have as its primary purpose the identification of a building, nor does it fulfill the other traditional goal – identify the parcel for taxation purposes!

So what3words is a child of the digital era. Each of these three-somes is a lonely construct within a massive database awaiting the touch of clever people to manipulate and render it useful for human purposes, as can be seen at the company’s website. It’s worth a visit.

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