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Hong Kong, New Zealand, Singapore and Taiwan Have Been Digitized with Universal Addresses

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October 17, 2005, Toronto, Canada NAC Geographic Products Inc. has announced that Hong Kong, New Zealand, Singapore and Taiwan have been added to the countries and areas digitized with Universal Addresses and Natural Area Codes (http://www.nacgeo.com/nacsite/), and made the number of the Universal Address digitized countries and areas to 24: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Kingdom, and United States thanks to the support of Microsoft which provides comprehensive geographic data to NAC Geographic Products Inc. Now more than one billion people from these countries and areas can immediately get their Universal Addresses on Universal Address Lookup Service (http://www.travelgis.com/geocode/) and NAC Real-Time Geocoding Service for web applications (http://www.nacgeo.com/geocode.asp), and access the highly efficient and reliable Universal Address powered cross-country cross-language turn-by-turn driving directions service on TravelGIS Driving Directions Service (http://www.travelgis.com/directions/) from their desktop computers. They can also use any kind of wireless devices to get turn-by-turn driving directions, maps and location based business searches in North America, Europe, Brazil and Australia powered by Universal Addresses on Mobile Location Based Services Network (http://mlbs.net/), and can even get almost all needed location based services on their GPS cellphones through Locamagic (http://locamagic.biz/help/) - a new wireless location services application.

"The addition of these countries and areas has made a great contribution to the wide adoption of the Universal Address System in the world," said Dr. Xinhang Shen, President of NAC Geographic Products Inc., "because Hong Kong and Taiwan are using Chinese characters in their addresses that are very time-consuming for local people and almost impossible for foreigners to input into computers and navigation devices, and also can't be uniquely translated into any other languages. This language problem is a serous barrier for wide use of navigating and other location services in these areas. The introduction of the Universal Address System will solve this problem, and make all location based services highly efficient, consumer-friendly and geographically complete."

Using Universal Addresses to specify locations instead of traditional addresses on location based services can reduce 80% of input characters, avoid difficulties in inputting addresses with foreign characters, eliminate errors from address databases and extend location based services to all locations no matter whether there are addresses or not. The 80% of reduction of input is significant in using cellphones, PDAs, and portable navigation systems with a small key pad and a small screen to access location based services. The short Universal Addresses can make the entire input interface of a driving directions service fit on one single screen of a small cellphone as shown by Locamagic - a pioneer wireless location based services suite providing address management, locating, turn-by-turn driving directions, real-time navigating instructions, nearby business/amenity searching, cellphone location tracking and friends locations monitoring in more than 30 countries, with which you can also immediately know the Universal Address of any location you are standing at in the world.

A Universal Address is very short and can be easily included as part of an address on any business card and listed on yellow pages, tourbooks and travel information websites that will make Universal Addresses available to all travelers. With Universal Addresses, travelers can efficiently and reliably use electronic navigating devices to quickly find their destinations. They can also directly figure out the distance and relative direction between any two Universal Addresses because Universal Addresses are Universal Map Grid coordinates with fixed cell sizes, and pinpoint any Universal Address on any map with Universal Map Grids.

Since Universal Addresses exist everywhere, people can use them not only for locations with addresses but also for locations without addresses: bridges, park gates, BBQ tables, park benches, wells, trees, tombstones, street lights, sewage exits, fire hydrants, cable connectors, gas meters, electric wire poles, camping sites, fishing spots, accident locations, etc. As Universal Address enhanced GPS cellphones and GPS watches are getting more popular, people will easily use the Universal Address to answer the question accurately: "Where are you?" without the help of any local landmarks.

The Universal Address System brings enormous benefits to the world. It has unified all addresses, geographic coordinates, area codes, postal codes, map grids, and property identifiers of the entire world. Now each of these codes can be represented by a single efficient Universal Address that connects the information from all kinds of location based services, maps, GPS receivers, navigation systems, courier and postal services, travel information systems, yellow pages, business directories, geographic information systems, as well as all other location related products and services, and makes them highly efficient, reliable and geographically complete.

Therefore, a new era for using accurate locations in all human activities is starting in the whole world, and people will use accurate locations as often as accurate time.

About NAC Geographic Products Inc.
NAC Geographic Products Inc. is a leading company in geographic information technologies. In addition to the revolutionary NAC Technology, the company has a variety of software products: WEBGIS, NACMAP, NACDRAW, etc and provides various location based services: NAC Real-Time Geocoding Service, NAC Real-Time Reverse-Geocoding Service, NAC Real-Time Mapping Service, NAC Real-Time Driving Directions Service, NAC Real-Time Nearby Business Searching Service, NAC Real-Time Traffic Information Service for web applications, and MLBS.NET, TravelGIS.com, Locamagic for consumers.

Lixin Zhou
PR Manager
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Email: lzhou@nacgeo.com
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