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GPS postcode system to be 'in place by end of 2011'

Postcodes could finally be coming to Ireland - and they may well have a GPS reference to match.

Minister for Communications Eamon Ryan has announced the launch of a tender competition on the implementation of a national postcode system.

Ireland is the only EU country not to have such a system in place and the Minister has set the end of 2011 as the target date for the introduction of the new post codes.

Mr Ryan has said the future economy 'depends on a national system which can access and collate spatial data. A national post code system will deliver benefits not only in terms of postal delivery but across the economy and in Government planning.'

The Government has approved an alpha-numeric postal code model which will identify groups of properties, with the first letters based on the city or town.

Each postcode will have a geo- co-ordinate at its centre and thus would be compatible with global positioning or navigation systems, allowing integration with GPS and other global navigation satellite technologies, according to the Department of Communications.

  • 01 February 2010
  • Irish Branch

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