UAE: In a new municipal address system that resembles US zip codes, buildings will be assigned precise map coordinates to help police and civil defence authorities respond to exact locations within minutes. The civic body will start rolling out its first phase of the address system in May, and will start distributing building mapping coordinates to residents, commercial shops and restaurants.
Abdul Hakim Abdul Kareem Malek, Director of Geographic Information System at Dubai Municipality, informed media that the project is in the final auditing phase of recording the coordinates of all 130,000 buildings. The coordinate system is part of the municipality’s Smart Geo Addressing System.
Dubai Municipality’s plan to set up plates on households and commercial outlets has been put on hold, as it waits for approval from the Federal National Council. Once the project is given the green light, the plates are expected to serve residents and businesses in all the emirates. He also confirmed that the Municiplaity has not postponed its Smart Geo Addressing System, and will instead distribute the coordinates to residential and commercial buildings. Once the system is approved, it will cost Dubai about Dh5 million to set up the plates over one year’s time.
Buildings can be pinpointed at Dubai Municipality’s Makani application, which is now available in Arabic and English on Android and iOS. Since March 10, the application has been downloaded more than 1,000 times, and enables the user to retrieve their own unique identifier comprising 10 digits.
Source: Gulf News