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Using GPS and Google Maps for Mapping Digital Postal Address (GhanaPostGPS)

Silas Kwabla Gah, Ferdinard Katsriku, Nana Kwame Gyamfi. Published in Wireless.

Communications on Applied Electronics
Year of Publication: 2018
Publisher: Foundation of Computer Science (FCS), NY, USA
Authors: Silas Kwabla Gah, Ferdinard Katsriku, Nana Kwame Gyamfi
10.5120/cae2018652749

Silas Kwabla Gah, Ferdinard Katsriku and Nana Kwame Gyamfi. Using GPS and Google Maps for Mapping Digital Postal Address (GhanaPostGPS). Communications on Applied Electronics 7(13):15-20, February 2018. BibTeX

@article{10.5120/cae2018652749,
	author = {Silas Kwabla Gah and Ferdinard Katsriku and Nana Kwame Gyamfi},
	title = {Using GPS and Google Maps for Mapping Digital Postal Address (GhanaPostGPS)},
	journal = {Communications on Applied Electronics},
	issue_date = {February 2018},
	volume = {7},
	number = {13},
	month = {Feb},
	year = {2018},
	issn = {2394-4714},
	pages = {15-20},
	numpages = {6},
	url = {http://www.caeaccess.org/archives/volume7/number13/799-2018652749},
	doi = {10.5120/cae2018652749},
	publisher = {Foundation of Computer Science (FCS), NY, USA},
	address = {New York, USA}
}

Abstract

Google map is a platform that gives visual representation of geographical locations on the planet earth. Google maps has many features that for displaying maps and adding external contents to the map. In recent years many institutions and organizations have customized the features and functions of Google maps to build new applications that address their specific needs. Developing nations are faced with booming population growth, inadequate infrastructure and services. To provide many important services, especially financial services it is required that people are accurately located by use of a verifiable address. Developing an effective addressing system has been a challenge for many developing nations due to inadequate road and street network. This paper discusses the use of Google maps API to link properties in Ghana, hence assigning a digital address to each landmark in the country. The paper examines the technology that Google maps API provides and how it was harnessed to develop the GhanaPostGPS addressing system. This application helps users to acquire their digital address and enables others to search the location of an address via the system. The result from the Google maps API reverse geocoding shows that there is no district in the JSON response, an indicating factor showing extra work done by the developers of the application. This clearly shows the work is not a direct replica of services offered by Google maps although some services of Google maps were employed.

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Keywords

Google Maps API, Google Maps, Digital address, Global Positioning System (GPS).