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PostPosted: Thu Jul 19, 2012 10:45 am    Post subject: Royal Mail trials capture of GPS customer address data Reply with quote

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Royal Mail has announced it is beginning a trial that will see the precise co-oridinates, of individual customer and business addresses, captured to improve the accuracy of their location based information data.

The 'Pinpoint' trial is taking place in East Anglia. Dedicated Royal Mail employees will be equipped with Trimble LaserAce 1000 rangefinders, GPS receivers and a handheld computer which will be used to accurately map the co-ordinates for the front door of addresses.

Royal Mail is writing to ever address in the trial area to explain the trial which, if successful, will roll out nationwide. The resulting data could make address lookup in satnavs much more accurate.

Source: RoyalMail Pinpoint

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 19, 2012 12:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh great, they will then sell the data to all comers

Hope the US do not operate drones in darkest Hampshire
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 19, 2012 12:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Oh great, they will then sell the data to all comers


And what would be wrong with that? I'm sick to death of couriers being unable to find our house (56) as we're round the back of number 52. The positive of this is that companies can buy the data ad being able to find houses easily. I'm unable to think of any downside to it.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 19, 2012 1:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

arfurdent wrote:
Oh great, they will then sell the data to all comers


You make it sound like that's a bad thing? I really hope they DO sell data to everyone. I see no advantages to sat-navs having inaccurate data. Do you?


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 19, 2012 5:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I'm sick to death of couriers being unable to find our house (56) as we're round the back of number 52.

Well, I found it (after you came out and said "It's here"). I'm not sure that GPS coordinates for your front door would help - it's in a field. And having number 56 behind number 52 is a bit illogical - wudder bin better to be called 52A, then I'd look both sides of 52. I don't remember seeing 54, but I wouldn't expect to find 56 between 52 and 54 (or between 50 and 52). Typical aaaaard northerners! Laughing

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 19, 2012 6:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There isn't a 54. And the next house up is 62.

Co-ords would still be helpful as a SatNav would still stop on the road outside and the POI marker would show it as being away from the road itself.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 19, 2012 10:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It would be helpfull to prove the parcel got to the correct address if they also had to record the delivery GPS location.

You would know what neighbour took your parcel in.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 19, 2012 10:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In these days of tech stuff, you'd think they could (if decided to) take a geo-coded, date/timed photo of the delivery point. I did that when some guy on the phone told me to leave it outside the stables. I included his posh car registration plate in the picture too.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 20, 2012 8:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Did you use that app I told you about Dennis
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 20, 2012 6:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I willingly gave Fastway couriers my GPS details after they failed to find my old house several times. Their response was "What the **** am I meant to do with that?". Sometimes selling the data makes no difference.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 20, 2012 9:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I willingly gave Fastway couriers my GPS details after they failed to find my old house several times. Their response was "What the **** am I meant to do with that?". Sometimes selling the data makes no difference.

As previously mentioned, use a courier who cares and doesn't fail like Alix and me. In 13 years, I have never ever failed to deliver by not finding an address (it's not easy knocking on doors in outer Cornwall late at night, but I've done that).
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FourQ wrote:
I willingly gave Fastway couriers my GPS details after they failed to find my old house several times. Their response was "What the **** am I meant to do with that?". Sometimes selling the data makes no difference.


They wouldn't be selling it to the couriers directly. It would sold to the likes of Nokia (Navteq) and TomTom (TeleAtlas) so when a user types into their satnav that they want to go to 45 John Street, Huddersfield then it takes them duct to the door instead of guessing roughly where it thinks 45 might be.

At the moment most mapping data has a start house number and an end how number for a stretch of road. Eg 1 and 60. If you enter 45 it will guess it is 3/4 of the way along that road. This isn't always the case though, especially in more rural areas...

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