Ad­dress web­site starts

Central Leader - - News -

When you’re in the mid­dle of an emer­gency, the dif­fer­ence be­tween Sea­gar Ave and Sager Rd could be a life or death mat­ter.

The Mt Al­bert street is one of hun­dreds through­out the coun­try known by more than one name to lo­cals which makes things dif­fi­cult for emer­gency ser­vices who may only have the of­fi­cial street and place names to go by.

Ter­ralink In­ter­na­tional, the com­pany that pro­vides phys­i­cal ad­dress and lo­ca­tion data to the emer­gency ser­vices, has launched a new web­site called myad­dress.

The web­site al­lows Ki­wis to check and con­firm that the emer­gency ser­vices have the right de­tails on how to find them.

Manag­ing di­rec­tor Mike Don­ald says the idea for the web­site emerged fol­low­ing a num­ber of in­ci­dents where emer­gency ser­vices couldn’t find an ad­dress be­cause they had been given a ‘lo­cal’ name for a road or an ad­dress in­stead of its of­fi­cial name.

“In an emer­gency sit­u­a­tion a few min­utes can mean the dif­fer­ence be­tween life and death,” he says.

The free web­site al­lows users to see the lo­ca­tion de­tail cur­rently held, its phys­i­cal lo­ca­tion on a high-res­o­lu­tion aerial im­age and then they’re able to con­firm or cor­rect their ad­dress.

In ad­di­tion, it al­lows peo­ple to add spe­cific in­for­ma­tion such as a build­ing or farm name or lo­cal names for a sub­urb.

Any new in­for­ma­tion users sub­mit through the web­site will be ver­i­fied by Ter­ralink’s data ver­i­fi­ca­tion process be­fore be­ing added to the data­base that is ac­cessed by the emer­gency ser­vices.

Visit www.myad­ to check your ad­dress.

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