Phase One of the National Addressing System (NAS) Pilot Programme is being rolled out this month.
NAS is a framework designed to establish a reliable and consistent method of assigning a geographic and numeric address to all buildings and persons within an area.
The launch of Phase One, which focuses on the Road Town area, is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, September 17 and an online mapping portal has been created to ahead of the rollout.
Persons are able to use the portal — which is a virtual representation of all NAS zones in the territory — and locate their house, business, and their full address.
“So far, all addresses for the Road Town Registration Section have been mapped into the Geographic Information System (GIS), which means that once an address is entered into the system, responders will have the ability to see the route and navigate directly to the address,” the Town & Country Planning Department has said in an introductory brochure of NAS.
Once completed, the addressing system will show the unique building number, street name, island, and postal code of each building and property along all roads in the wider territory.
In the case of home addresses, NAS will also have a record of their name.
In addition to benefitting emergency responders, this system is expected to benefit other government agencies, various businesses including mailing couriers, families, and communities.
NAS was first introduced in 1995 and was resurrected last year under the National Democratic Party government.
At the time, former Premier D Orlando Smith said NAS will improve local tourism and financial services because the system will allow residents and visitors to locate businesses around the territory with greater ease.
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