October 1, 2006, Toronto, Canada, NAC Geographic Products Inc. announced the release of the NAC Enhanced Google Local Search - an integration of the Natural Area Coding System with Google Local Search through the Google AJAX Search API.
The NAC Enhanced Google Local Search allows users to use a Natural Area Code (NAC) in addition to using a street address to specify an area or location anywhere in the world. A NAC can represent any area or location in the world. A two-character NAC represents an area about 1000km X 700km (like a province), a four-character NAC represents an area about 33km X 23km (like a city), a six-character NAC roughly represents every square kilometer area, an eight-character NAC represents an area about 35m X 25m (like a building), and a ten-character NAC approximately represents every square meter on the earth surface. Since an eight-character or a ten-character NAC has reached the resolution of a traditional address, it is also called a Universal Address, for example, NAC: 8KDC PGFC (the Universal Address of Washington Monument).
"The integration of NAC with Google Local Search produces a real worldwide local search engine that can work anywhere in the world," said Dr. Xinhang Shen, president of NAC Geographic Products Inc., "that has overcome the limitations of traditional address based specification of locations, such as inputting traditional addresses of foreign characters or specifying locations without traditional addresses." Using a Universal Address instead of a street address to specify a location on a local search can also reduce 80% of key input and eliminate the needs of address databases that frequently produce outdated matches, no matches, duplicated matches, wrong matches, etc.
The NAC Enhanced Google Local Search also presents its searching results with the corresponding Universal Address attached to each found item. Therefore it can be used as a Universal Address lookup service for location sensitive businesses, with which business owners can find their Universal Addresses and then put them on their business cards and advertisements to promote their businesses.
Here is another web page for people to look up the Universal Address of any street address in 24 countries. Universal Addresses can be directly measured with GPS receivers and have been widely implemented in many wireless location based services (such as
mlbs.net), GPS navigating systems (such as
Locamagic), etc. If you use key words: "Universal Address" and "Resort" to search Google, you will see thousands of resorts that have included their Universal Addresses as part of their addresses.
Universal Addresses can be used as universal identifiers for bus stops, gates, parking meters, street lights, trees, sewage exits, fire hydrants and any other fixed objects. Using Universal Addresses as global postal codes can make all sorting machines able to sort mail from world level to final mail boxes automatically. The wide use of Universal Address enhanced GPS watches or cellphones can greatly accelerate the globalization and make accurate locations as useful as accurate time for all human activities and events.
About NAC Geographic Products Inc.
Incorporated in 1995 in Toronto, Canada, NAC Geographic Products Inc. is a world's leading company in geographic information technologies. In addition to the Natural Area Coding System, the company has developed many important GIS software products and provides
real-time geo-services (geocoding, reverse-geocoding, mapping, driving directions, nearby business searching and traffic information) for web applications and wireless location based services.
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