In an exceptionally interesting development, the Emirate of Dubai, United Arab Emirates, has recently announced plans to use the Military Grid Reference System (MGRS) as its address system going forward. Home to the world's tallest man-made structure, the Burj Khalifa, and an expansive collection of other unique and futuristic buildings, Dubai will mark every structure in the Emirate with a MGRS address that will work with GPS units, smartphones and computers. Partly out of concerns for emergency response efforts, Dubai plans to have the system fully functional by the middle of 2013. For more on this development, see below:
(The National, December 6, 2012)
Comment: Is anyone in Washington, DC, or Mountain View, California, paying attention? It's really very simple - MGRS inside the borders of the United States effectively equals the U.S. National Grid (USNG). Marking buildings with USNG to identify them - who would think of such a concept? Go here:
Pssst: More on the USNG Emergency Location Markers in the coming months - but don't tell anyone.....
Lead photo credit: http://burj-khalifa.eu