January 19, 2006, Beijing, China
PDAger Mobility Inc.
(www.PDAger.com) and NAC Geographic Products Inc.
announced that the two companies have reached an agreement that NAC Geographic Products Inc.
license the Natural Area Coding System
to PDAger Mobility Inc.
for its wireless location service application - Map4U.
The Natural Area Coding System is a new geodetic system that uses simple codes called
Natural Area Codes (NAC) to unify all geographic coordinates, area codes, addresses,
postal codes, map grids, map sheet codes and property identifiers in the world.
A two character NAC can uniquely represent an area about 1200km by 750km anywhere in
the world; a four character NAC can represent a 40km by 25km area in the world; a six
character NAC can specify every square kilometer on the earth surface; an eight character
NAC can uniquely represent every area about 30m by 25 m in the world; and a ten character
NAC can represent every square meter on the earth surface. Usually, any city in the world
can be represented by a four character NAC such as NAC: 8C Q8 representing Toronto,
NAC: T0 N1 representing Hangzhou, and NAC: T3 N6 representing Shanghai. A six character
NAC can be used to specify any street block or small town in the world. An eight character
NAC can be used to represent a building or a house. A ten character NAC can be used to
specify roadside small objects such as a fire hydrant, an electric wire pole, a street
light, a sewage exit, etc. Since an eight or ten character NAC has reached the resolution
of street addresses, they are also called Universal Addresses. With Universal Addresses,
people can conveniently specify any locations no matter they are temporary camping sites,
fishing spots, or permanent store locations.
Specifying locations on location based services, especially mobile location based services
is a big problem because (i) addresses are always very long and time consuming to input,
(ii) addresses are language/character dependent and difficult to input, (iii) addresses
are full of variations and difficult for software to parse successfully and (iv) addresses
do not exist in more than 99% locations in the world that can't be specified by street
addresses and make street address based location services completely fail. All these
problems are solved by the introduction of Universal Addresses which are short (only
8 or 10 characters), language independent (only internationally recognized alphanumeric
characters), written in one standard without variations, and exist at all locations in
the world without any missing spots. Universal Addresses can be easily included on business
cards, yellow page listings, business directories and advertisements. They can be neatly put
on photographs under the date to indicate exactly when and where a picture is taken. They
can make people answer the question "Where are you?" accurately and easily. They can
significantly improve all emergency services no matter in communicating accurate emergency
locations or in specifying locations of fire hydrants and other water sources. They can
even be used as Global Postal Codes for automatic mail sorting.
The Natural Area Coding System has been widely adopted in the world (as shown on
Now there have already been 24 countries in North America, South America, Europe, Asia and
Pacific Region digitized with Universal Addresses. There are many Universal Addresses
enhanced commercial wireless location based services available in all industrialized
countries, such as Locamagic (http://locamagic.biz/help/) and Mobile Location Based
Services Network (http://mlbs.net/demo/).
"Location based services are not growing as fast as expected in China. One of the major
reasons is that the complexity, variations and incompleteness of traditional addresses
plus the difficulty of inputting Chinese characters make the method based on traditional
addresses to specify locations inefficient and unreliable," said Mr. Savio Chu, Chairman
of the board of PDAger Mobility Inc., "the Universal Address System seems the right
solution to solve all these problems. We are glad that PDAger has become the first company
in China to adopt the Universal Address System. The high efficiency and high reliability
brought by the Universal Address System will surely further improve the satisfaction of
Map4U's users in accessing its location based services."
"This agreement represents a historical step for the Universal Address System to be widely
adopted in China," added by Dr. Xinhang Shen, president of NAC Geographic Products Inc.,
"this is because PDAger is the leader in wireless location based services in China, and
Map4U providing self-positioning, POI search, map browse and routing services is the most
popular wireless LBS application in China."
NAC Geographic Products Inc. will also work closely with Chinese governments and other
corporations to digitize Beijing with the Universal Address System before the 2008 Olympic
Games by marking all street signs and house number plates with local Universal Addresses,
listing all businesses with their Universal Addresses on yellow pages, tourist brochures
and websites, publishing street maps overlaid with the Universal Map Grids, and providing
comprehensive location based services enhanced with Universal Addresses so that Beijing
will be able to welcome all its guests for the Olympic Games with extraordinary convenience
and efficiency for traveling in this ancient and modern city no matter whether they know
Chinese or not.
About PDAger Mobility Inc.
Established in 2001 in Beijing, China, PDAger Mobility Inc. has rich experience in the
development of wireless GPS / GIS / LBS applications accumulated since 1993, and is
specialized in wireless data service, with focus on LBS as Chinese key service provider
and master content integrator, granted as "Hi-Tech Company" by Beijing Municipal Government
and as a licensed "Nationwide Telecom Value Added Service Provider" by the Ministry of
Information Industry of China.
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 software products: WEBGIS, NACMAP, NACDRAW, etc.
It also provides real-time geocoding, reverse-geocoding, mapping, driving directions,
nearby business searching and traffic information services of 30 countries for web applications.
Tel: +1 416 496 6110
Keywords: Universal Address, NAC, Geocode, Geocoding, LBS, GPS, Location Based Service,
Navigation, Locating, Tracking, Searching, Wireless, Cellphone, GIS, Mapping,
Map Grid, Geography, Geographic Technology, Geographic Coordinate, Longitude, Latitude,
Property Identifier, E-911