Pretty good article by Damien Mulley in the Sunday Times on this topic. Sunday 28th September 2008.http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/w ... 837446.ece
Why do we need a postcode if we can log on to Amazon.com, order our books and tell the site our GPS coordinates? Or if we don’t have a GPS device, we just click on a Google Map, zoom into where our house is and tell Amazon: “there I am; remember that for next time, too”.
When it comes to postal addresses though, it’s An Post and not the OSI that has the most accurate database. An Post knows where every single house is, even O’Sullivan’s up the hill outside Dingle, the one that’s not that other O’Sullivan’s. Unfortunately that database is kept in the heads of post office staff.
An Post and its unions clearly have an advantage here and will do their best to keep this amazing database private. The argument in favour of postal codes was that it would route around the hard-to-access data that An Post had on addresses. But when everyone is going to be GPS-equipped in the medium to long term, this idea doesn’t make sense any more. We will all eventually be able to broadcast our location with GPS devices.
This looks like being e-Voting Mark 2. Decide you need something. Go to tender. Buy something for obscene amount of money. Realise after a couple of years that you've just bought an out of date pile of shite.
1. Do you need it?
2. Are there free solutions?
3. Ignore 1 and 2 and spend spend spend.