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Addressing question of addresses

ParcelHero call for end to 18th century system of identifying locations


THE number’s up for house names and postcodes according to ParcelHero who say it’s time to bring the UK’s 18th century addresses system up to date.

Probably the most famous address in the country, the road name and number for the Prime Minister’s official residence is 10 Downing Street – but it can also be found at Google Plus code 9C3X GV3C+8X, or slurs.this.shark is the What 3 Words identification.
David Jinks, head of consumer research for nternational delivery experts, said: “Many homeowners have grown sick of their packages and letters being continually delivered to the wrong house, and visitors failing to find them. It’s time to end the use of ancient methods of ensuring parcels, letters and cards are delivered or locations found.
“Street numbers were introduced in Britain in the 1700s – we’ve had 300 years to get the system right yet, even today, there are many homes that don’t have a street number in rural areas.
“Many isolated houses are still identified by their name, just as they would have been several hundred years ago. That’s not a great system for hard-pressed couriers trying to deliver packages.
“And if you’ve ever punched in a postcode to a sat nav, you will know it’s a literal postcode lottery whether you actually end up at the right destination. Simple postcodes were introduced in London as far back as 1850, and modern postcodes were first phased in 60 years ago – though it took until 1974 to finish the project. They’re equally far from infallible as over 40 addresses can share the same postcode in some areas.
“While Ordnance Survey systems are entirely integrated, not all satellite navigation devices and internet mapping services use Ordnance Survey’s mapping and data.”
David said technologies already exist that will make wrongly delivered mail and Sat Nav odysseys a thing of the past.
“One obvious solution is using Plus codes,” he added, “Google have mapped the globe and split it into a system of letter and number codes. The exact location of No10, for example, can be pinned down to a short code GV3C+X, Westminster, London; or an area and Plus code: 9C3X GV3C+8X. There’s no need for any more information than that.
“To identify a Plus code on your mobile, call up Google Maps, touch and hold the screen to pin the location, tap the location on the bottom of the screen and then scroll down to find the code. It’s a far more precise locator of places and homes than the outmoded postcode.”
“And What 3 Words is a free App that pinpoints a location exactly. Its developers have divided the world into 57 trillion squares, each measuring just 3m by 3m (10ft by 10ft) and each having a unique, randomly-assigned three-word address – slurs.this.shark will take you straight to No10. How much easier will it be to remember three-word addresses than house number, road name, town, county and post code?
“Founder Chris Sheldrick devised this elegant solution because his postcode didn’t point to his house and he grew fed up flagging down couriers. We have three words to say about the app –!”

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