[-SPAM-] Re: application idea

Ian Stirling OpenMoko at mauve.plus.com
Wed Sep 19 13:00:16 CEST 2007

ian douglas wrote:
> Tilman Baumann wrote:
>> The biggest challenge would be a mapping from gps coordinates to 
>> regions/postcodes or such.
>> If you have this information, you could do all sorts of crazy stuff. 
>> But i doubt these data would be very easy to get.
> I've seen it at another contract I worked a year ago, but not sure if 
> the GPS-to-US-zip-code data was freely available or a paid service. The 
> database I used for my job there had the entire US postal code regions 
> mapped out based on latitude/longitude so the data IS out there. Just a 
> matter of seeing if it's free to download from somewhere. The database 
> was gigantic though, I'm not sure it's something you'd want to store on 
> the device itself.

Going to the 5 digit zips is easy - it's well under a meg.
5 digit + 4 is a whole different matter.

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