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How many times have we all struggled to explain exactly where our house or office is? Or where we’d like a courier to leave our parcel in a safe place? Or exactly where we plan to meet up with people? So much time, money and resources get wasted when parcels or people turn up in the wrong place. So much stress is added to our day when we have to navigate a huge building or industrial site to get to an appointment, or track down a parcel the courier tells us has been delivered but there's no sign of it. Organisations need accurate locations for buildings, rooms and assets. In future, we’re going to want to give accurate locations for anything from driverless car pickups to drone parcel drops.
But no more! Achorda has devised a unique application that enables you to pinpoint a 1 metre square location just by adding a few characters to a post / zip code. That means you can give an exact address for a garden shed, your front door, your meeting room or a hospital department reception. Imagine how much easier life could be!
Others like What3Words have tried to solve the problem, but these solutions require lengthy text and have problems with language translation and are open to errors when spoken over the phone or radio.
We’re all used to using Post Codes (or Zip Codes) – we just need them to be more accurate.
With Achorda’s experience and expertise in the bespoke software industry we decided to take the problem on. After trying lots of different options, the GeoStar algorithm was born to change the way the world shares locations.
By dividing the entire surface of the world into a grid of 1 metre squares, PostCodeStar uses Achorda’s flexible GeoStar technology to code the position of a grid point relative to an origin which is stored against the post / zip code. The number of characters required depends on the distance from the origin but always gives at least 1 accuracy.
So you can take Post Code in the UK like W1A 1AA and just add *FM55 to locate the front door of the BBC.
Or take 20500 in the US and add *VLL1 for the fountain on the lawn of the White House.
The idea is that people can start adding their star code wherever they display their post / zip code to give us a global standard for accurate locations.
When a post / zip code is not available or required, global codes use 900 origins based in the largest population centres to pinpoint a location.
To get a star code for a location:
To get a global code for a location:
Star and global codes can be shared within the app. Recipients will receive a link which will either open in a browser in the postcodestar.com website, or in the app if they have it installed.
Easily switch between satellite and street map view.
You can even click on the directions icon to jump into Google Maps and view directions from your current location.
PostCodeStar can be used to eradicate ambiguity when you really need someone to find an exact location. Whether it’s to make your own life easier, or to improve the experience of your customers, the reasons why PostCodeStar could become indispensable are endless. Here are just a few examples:
We could go on, but you get the picture.
You can either browse to postcodestar.com and start using the website or you can download the app from the App Store or Google Play for Google Maps integration.
There’s no need to log in and the service is totally free to use via the website and app.
We’re extremely excited about the future of PostCodeStar. Because of the huge potential of this technology we could be seeing the system used by emergency services, courier services, navigation systems and car manufacturers to name but a few. Our aim is to change the way the whole world shares locations.
Watch this space…
If you feel your organisation could benefit from our GeoStar technology or would like to discuss related bespoke development projects, please contact us to chat about the possibilities.
If you think Achorda could help you develop your own application ideas then please get in touch.