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iCode6 - New postcode proposal

  • 10-11-2010 1:40pm
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    Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 586 conolan


    Having become frustrated by the existing proposals for postcodes, I wondered whether something that people could understand might be possible.

    I'm in favour of an accurate system based on lat & long to 4 decimal places, but codes with 7 or 8 characters are hard to remember. Particularly when there is no attempt to relate the codes to city/town names and Dublin postal districts.

    So I'm proposing iCode6 and I welcome POLITE feedback on this thread.
    It's not perfect, it's a concept, not a fully working solution. There are inaccuracies in borders for Dublin postal districts.

    See www.icode6.com for more.
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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,822 ✭✭✭ EvilMonkey


    Why do you have to create an account to see the map/codes?


  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 586 conolan


    EvilMonkey wrote: »
    Why do you have to create an account to see the map/codes?

    So I know who's looking.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,081 ✭✭✭ celticbest


    conolan wrote: »
    So I know who's looking.

    :eek: I WON'T BE.....................


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,063 ✭✭✭ JohnC.


    Indeed. If you are not willing to let people have a look without having to register, many simply will not bother. I know I won't. I don't know who I'm giving my details to, how they are stored or how they may be used. There is nothing on the site to indicate any of this. It's not a good start.


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,905 ✭✭✭ Aard


    YAPCA


    (yet another postcode attempt)


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  • Registered Users Posts: 9,183 ✭✭✭ sdanseo


    Fail.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 560 Jehuty42


    You seem to be explicitly blocking GuerrillaMail addresses. Bad form.


  • Registered Users Posts: 591 ✭✭✭ brianwalshcork


    Irish Post Code are the new buses, none for years then three come along at once.


  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 586 conolan


    I'll open it for everyone without registration next week, when industry folk have had their preview.

    Meantime, some features
    * 6 characters
    * Accurate to 6M
    * Each building has unique iCode
    * Existing Dublin postcodes part of iCode
    * All cities start with relevant letter:
    Cork, Limerick, Kilkenny, Galway
    * Major towns start with relevant letter:
    eg. Arklow, Bray, Carlow ... Tralee, Sligo


  • Moderators, Business & Finance Moderators, Motoring & Transport Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 61,053 Mod ✭✭✭✭ L1011


    conolan wrote: »
    * Major towns start with relevant letter:
    eg. Arklow, Bray, Carlow ... Tralee, Sligo

    If Arklow has A, what about Athlone? Bigger town...


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  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 586 conolan


    MYOB wrote: »
    If Arklow has A, what about Athlone? Bigger town...

    A2. They are all listed on the site. Not every town can have an ideal prefix but it beats the hell out of the other systems.
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  • Registered Users Posts: 865 ✭✭✭ thund3rbird_


    conolan wrote: »
    * All cities start with relevant letter:
    Cork, Limerick, Kilkenny :confused::confused::confused:, Galway

    slightly off topic I know but you are proposing a postcode system and you can't even name the cities in Ireland.
    Your location is Dunmore East & yet you exclude Waterford????


  • Registered Users Posts: 306 ✭✭ busman


    conolan wrote: »
    Having become frustrated by the existing proposals for postcodes, I wondered whether something that people could understand might be possible.

    I'm in favour of an accurate system based on lat & long to 4 decimal places, but codes with 7 or 8 characters are hard to remember. Particularly when there is no attempt to relate the codes to city/town names and Dublin postal districts.

    Ok, seeing as this is a new thread I'll give my option :D
    Back to basics, why would I need a postcode?

    For me the biggest issue is deliveries :mad:
    I live in north Cork, only about 10 miles from Mallow but my house is a mile down a road, that is of a road, that is off the main road.
    To make it more difficult the townsland is divided in 2 by the railway!

    All I want is a simple code that can be put on packages so that the fecking
    delivery driver does not have to ring me every 5 min. because he is lost!

    I don't care if it starts with A B C or Z or by looking at it you know that
    it is the 3rd house on the right with the blue door after the big white house on the left!

    I have a phone number now that is 10 digits so what is the problem with a postcode being 8 digits?


  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 586 conolan


    busman wrote: »
    I have a phone number now that is 10 digits so what is the problem with a postcode being 8 digits?

    But wouldn't 6 characters that has the same accuracy as the others (7 & 8 characters) be easier to remember?


  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 586 conolan


    Unrestricted access available to the map http://www.icode6.com/map.asp


  • Registered Users Posts: 636 ✭✭✭ Jayuu


    Seems fairly straightforward although I am interested in how you decided upon which towns would have first letter designation and which wouldn't. I can see lots of places complaining about not have a first letter designation because of a perceived lack of prestige. I'm not saying that I agree with them but I could see it happening.

    I am assuming that this is just a location reference code so apartment blocks would have the same postcode. If this is not the case how do you work out relevant codes?


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 111 ✭✭ deckstunt


    I think it looks very good. One thing I don't like is the way Dublin has a five digit digit code while every where else has six. I think you should make them all the same size.

    Why don't you make the project 'open source' and make it freely available. Like Open Street Map. Like-minded people might join your efforts

    If people (and industry) know that its permanently, freely available it will have a great chance of catching on. A bit like the way Open Street Map has taken off. If it got enough community support it could become the de facto post code for Ireland.

    The way the government is handling the official one we'll never it. And while the likes of loc8 is technically good, the fact that its only available for Garmin products is going to limit its uptake.


  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 586 conolan


    Jayuu wrote: »
    I am assuming that this is just a location reference code so apartment blocks would have the same postcode. If this is not the case how do you work out relevant codes?

    Yes, just pinpoints the door. I think that's the only sensible way. Anything more and the complexity rises.

    As for which towns get which codes, that was just my choice. Easily changed, just a few lines of code. Someone already pointed out that Athlone is bigger than Arklow, might switch them.


  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 586 conolan


    deckstunt wrote: »
    Why don't you make the project 'open source' and make it freely available. Like Open Street Map. Like-minded people might join your efforts

    I'd love to have input from others, but I doubt it take off on its own. Trying to get it in front of PA Consulting and others over the next week. Welcome any publicity.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 111 ✭✭ deckstunt


    conolan wrote: »
    I'd love to have input from others, but I doubt it take off on its own.

    Well, I didn't just mean the input of others. I mean all these attempts to set up a commercial, for-profit, money making post code IMHO isn't going cut it.

    You may get some business that are willing to pay to use a system that suits there needs but the majority of people aren't going to pay to use one on the GPS/smart phone or website.

    I think an open source post code could quite plausibly take off. The Irish section of Open Street Map has quite a community of committed volunteers. My guess is an open source post code project could easily tap in to a community like that.

    ..but I'm getting the vibes open source isn't what you had in mind


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  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 586 conolan


    When I started this a few weeks ago I had no idea where it would go. No problem with open source. It's only a concept and a few lines of javascript and some polygons. I can open the source but what could anyone do with it. This will live or die depending on a decision on an Irish official postcode. The country doesn't need rival systems. One is hard enough for the public.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 111 ✭✭ deckstunt


    It's just from my perspective (as an occasional GPS user) while Loc8 code is technically good it certainly ain't free to use now (its © and Patent Pending) and god knows what they could charge in the future.

    Users have to pay to use/license it. I think its crazy that kind of model should be competing to become a national post code.

    To me the obvious solution is to take a community based, open source approach. Gift your idea to the people of Ireland and make a real difference.
    conolan wrote: »
    This will live or die depending on a decision on an Irish official postcode.
    I agree if an offical one is implimented it will kill all the others. (Another reason why not to have a profit/commercial motive)

    However the way the economy is and with the current political climate, and the fact the previous government with all its resources hasn't implemented a code, I don't see an official code happening anytime soon.

    So I think setting up a wiki-community, open source type project could easily do the deal.

    "opencode.ie" or .org or something along those lines. The key point for me is that if everyone: private companies, public bodies, private users, web developers, know that the code and its algorithms and data base is free and always will be free to use then I think it stands a real chance of becoming the de facto Irish Postcode.

    It's just a thought


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 443 ✭✭ garydubh


    Just a small technical point Conolan... 4 decimal places of Lat/long as an origin will not guarantee 6m position accuracy across the country!!! That is why Loc8 is 7 characters plus 1 additional one used as a checker code to make it 8 - also essential in a modern system to be used in safety critcal applications.

    There are many other deficiencies in your system Conolan - but we will leave them for another day!

    And what about the other things you were broadcasting about in earlier posts - looks like you have forgotten about all those things now in your eagerness to make untested claims to the world!

    Especially, what about adding names of places to your code - where did that idea go - if you are doing it for some city centres (not names at all but just first letters where C could mean Cork, Carlow, Cavan, Clare and none at all for Dublin) why are you not doing it for every town in the country - was this not one of your criticims of others in earlier posts?

    Good luck with it......


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 111 ✭✭ deckstunt


    garydubh wrote: »
    Just a small technical point Conolan... 4 decimal places of Lat/long as an origin will not guarantee 6m position accuracy across the country!!! That is why Loc8 is 7 characters plus 1 additional one used as a checker code to make it 8 - also essential in a modern system to be used in safety critcal applications.

    There are many other deficiencies in your system Conolan - but we will leave them for another day!

    And what about the other things you were broadcasting about in earlier posts - looks like you have forgotten about all those things now in your eagerness to make untested claims to the world!

    Especially, what about adding names of places to your code - where did that idea go - if you are doing it for some city centres (not names at all but just first letters where C could mean Cork, Carlow, Cavan, Clare and none at all for Dublin) why are you not doing it for every town in the country - was this not one of your criticims of others in earlier posts?

    Good luck with it......
    In the interest of transparency I think its worth pointing out that Gary is the creator of Loc8 code.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 111 ✭✭ deckstunt


    And just to clarify (as a private message from gary reminded me), the fact the project is an open source, comunity based type project doesn't stop any one from using it and making money off it in commercial products.

    Just like OpenStreetMap allows companies to fully and freely access the database and then comercialise the product and make money from it with no strings attached.

    That would be the whole idea.

    My point isn't meant to be anti-business or anti-money making at all. It's simply to stop a single commercial company being the single "gate keeper" to the Irish Postcode. To stop a monopoly, thats all


  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 586 conolan


    garydubh wrote: »
    And what about the other things you were broadcasting about in earlier posts - looks like you have forgotten about all those things now in your eagerness to make untested claims to the world!

    My eagerness comes from a realisation that we're on a track to a decision finally. And while gocode and loc8 are both technically strong, both have been developed without reference to things that people are familiar with.

    It's going to be one hell of a struggle to get Irish people to adopt address codes. I want to make it easier, without sacrificing the accuracy inherent in both proposals.

    iCode6 is of course untested. It's 4 weeks old. It's a broad proposal, a prototype, an alternative with a human dimension.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 443 ✭✭ garydubh


    deckstunt wrote: »
    In the interest of transparency I think its worth pointing out that Gary is the creator of Loc8 code.

    Check out boards.ie - who I am is well known - but who are you since we're on the subject?


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 443 ✭✭ garydubh


    deckstunt wrote: »
    It's just from my perspective (as an occasional GPS user) while Loc8 code is technically good it certainly ain't free to use now

    This is a completely untrue statement - there is no cost to the user for having or using a Loc8 Code!!!

    Loc8 Code is built-in and ready to go on all popular Garmin satnavs and will be available for other manufacturers devices very shortly. If you have an older Garmin device then yes there is an upgrade cost - a once off which covers the cost of retro updating the firmware.;- nothing unusual about that really.

    Everything that is published has a copyright for your info Deckstunt so nothing unusual about that either and why is it that you object to Loc8 Code applying for a patent for the fruit of its labour? Contrary to what you might suggest, neither patent nor copyright are an indication of any wrong doing or ill-intent.
    Hell - even boards.ie has a copyright notice on the bottom of this page...

    Perhaps Deckstunt you might let us know what your real agenda is and refrain from publishing misleading comment!


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 443 ✭✭ garydubh


    deckstunt wrote: »
    And while the likes of loc8 is technically good, the fact that its only available for Garmin products is going to limit its uptake.

    Yet again this is an untrue statement; Loc8 Code is curently available on Garmin devices but is not limited to them - it will shortly be available on multiple other manufacturer devices. This has been clearly stated on here many times, on the Loc8 Code Website and in multiple media reports.

    Deckstunt should refarin from making mischieviously untrue statements.


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 443 ✭✭ garydubh


    deckstunt wrote: »
    And just to clarify (as a private message from gary reminded me), the fact the project is an open source, comunity based type project doesn't stop any one from using it and making money off it in commercial products.

    Just like OpenStreetMap allows companies to fully and freely access the database and then comercialise the product and make money from it with no strings attached.

    That would be the whole idea.

    My point isn't meant to be anti-business or anti-money making at all. It's simply to stop a single commercial company being the single "gate keeper" to the Irish Postcode. To stop a monopoly, thats all

    So Deckstunt - you obviously do not understand anything about a national postcode! Loc8 Code is currently an elective system - used by those who can save themsvlves time and money in the course of their daily activity. If it became a national postcode then its method of delivery would change and, just so you know;- whoever gets the contract to implement the National Postcode will be given a 10 year exclusive license!

    Impelementing this type of system is complicated and expensive - not something that you throw out there and walk away - it has to be supported and maintained - so not exactly the type of thing you fire and forget as open source.

    Loc8 is something that emergency services will have to rely on to save people's lives - so a little more involved that you seem to understand Deckstunt


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