Please select your delivery method: Drone (35 minutes)
Posted by Paul F on Friday, October 16, 2015 - 23:48
I get very enthusiastic about new areas of technology that are beginning to appear now. The Oculus Rift giving new life to virtual reality, wearable technology such as Google Glass, and in particular drones. New technology always raises new questions, not least of which is privacy, but it also presents interesting and exciting new possibilities.
Drones seem to be everywhere at the moment, surveying the damage from burned buildings, being used to take selfies, and potentially delivering goods to your door in the not too distant future. From an everythinglocation.com point of view, the potential of drone delivery highlights the growing importance of geocoding. If you want to deliver by mail, you need a good address. If you want to deliver by drone, you need a good geocode.
Another growing area for geocodes is the mobile world, and by extension an increasing amount of the online world. Huge amounts of location data exists now through geotagging of photos, tweets, blog posts, etc. Matching that numeric geocode data with traditional textual address data is essential to provide a good foundation for analysis, and consequently provide meaningful insights on how location impacts a particular process.
I doubt that anytime soon I’m going to be giving my address as 37.773920, -122.396240, but equally I know full well that whether my package is being delivered by FedEx or drone that’s the data being passed around to get it to me as quickly and efficiently as possible.