A new mobile phone application is making inroads into solving Lebanon's chaotic address system. The makers of 'Dot Addresses' provide users with a virtual postcode linked to the geographic location of their homes. The virtual code can be shared with other users who can use it to generate a map and directions on their phones. Matthew Stock reports.
STORY: Despite having a population of nearly four million people, Lebanon does not have a proper address system. Streets in the small Mediterranean country may have names and numbers, but barely anybody knows them. Instead people typically rely on landmarks to find a location. But developers of a new mobile application called Dots Addresses are hoping to literally put themselves on the map with a new tool to help resolve the country's chaotic address system. Dots Addresses general manager Rania Waked says the technology enables every Lebanese citizen to finally posses a fixed geographic address. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) GENERAL MANAGER OF DOTS ADDRESSES, RANIA WAKED, SAYING: "It is a new mobile (application) idea for all Lebanese people to define their addresses, because currently knowing an address in Lebanon is so hard, and this is all through a unique, new technology." The app supplies registered users with a unique virtual postcode of their location which can then be shared with other users. When entered on a phone, the postcode generates a map and directions to the linked location based on navigational data. New versions of the app are set to include restaurants, taxis, goods and postal deliveries; with developers confident Dots Addresses will go the distance in revolutionising Lebanon's address system.