COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., September 9, 2015 — The Sanborn Map Company, Inc. (Sanborn) announces the appointment of CEO John Copple to the Stichting Mapcode Foundation (Mapcode) advisory board.
“I’m pleased to assist in this global effort,” says Copple. “The idea of using mapcodes to locate and identify places on Earth is intriguing. Mapcodes can be of particular value for applications such as emergency response in emerging nations, where accurate addressing isn’t always available.” Copple adds that even physical assets, such as individual power poles or fire hydrants, can be assigned a mapcode.
Mapcode is a non-profit foundation in The Netherlands that holds the intellectual property related to mapcodes, which are a free, open way to represent every house or location on Earth with a short code. The codes are designed to be easy to recognize, remember and communicate, and are precise to within a few meters, which in most cases is adequate for everyday use applications.
“The idea of Mapcode came about when we saw that millions of locations around the world do not have a recognizable address and were hard to find,” says Pieter Geelen, Mapcode co-founder. “Introducing a mapcode system means everyone is empowered with the ability to identify any location on Earth, regardless of the country or its infrastructure.”
By offering mapcodes as a standard and structured addressing system free of charge, the foundation aims to make locations for all citizens, dwellings and businesses in regions without street names or formal addressing systems throughout the globe addressable. Currently, two mobile mapcode apps are available for download: Mapcode Mobile for Android and Mapcode for iOS. For more information visit www.mapcode.com.
About The Sanborn Map Company, Inc. Sanborn (www.sanborn.com) is a preeminent leader in the exploding geospatial industry, delivering state-of-the-art mapping solutions to customers worldwide. The firm currently operates a fleet of 14 aircraft located strategically across the United States. Embracing cutting-edge technology, Sanborn specializes in oblique aerial imagery, aerial and mobile light detection and ranging (LiDAR) mapping, aerial orthophotography, 3-D modeling and visualization software and services, indoor mapping with its proprietary SPIN robot, unmanned aircraft system (UAS) sales, services and image processing, and a host of geospatial software development.