Because seconds (and oftentimes minutes) can make a difference, we designed the Delivery Locator system to answer the driver's question: "How can I find useful information so I can get to any selected apartment's front door in the fastest and most efficient manner?"
Right now, too much time is needlessly wasted - for the ever-growing apartment field, none of the current big mapmakers (Google Maps, Apple/Tom Tom, Esri, or HERE) provide any detail location information for apartment complexes. Try a "search" for a specific apartment with any of the more popular browsers (Chrome, Safari, Bing, or Firefox); you will be directed to somewhere near the complex; then you will discover that most of the time you're driving inside any suburban apartment complex - SURPRISE! - you are considered "off road". Even Google Earth doesn't help! How about making the finding of an apartment's front door more of a "no brainer"?
At Delivery Locator, our niche (and mission) was to intelligently fill in the gaps with our
(currently under reconstruction - as of June 2018 - for now the Current Maps tab above works as a partial solution)
- a read-only version of our data base - please see the Help tab if needed.
Delivery drivers love having our valuable routing information - they don't have to waste time!
A relatively "new" driver at a local pizza restaurant states "Having Delivery Locator data on my Android smartphone has saved me from wasting time on numerous occasions. It is particularly useful at night and also when the weather's bad."
A more-experienced driver tells us "I know this area well, but still find that I just can't remember the exact location of about 15% of the more than 13,000 apartments in our delivery area. So before I leave the store I look up these problem units using either Delivery Locator's Current Maps; or for more detail I link to the Apartment Delivery Guide System - it tells me not only exactly where to park, but also information on how to get the fastest access to the front door. It's a valuable addition to Google Maps, which only gets you somewhere near the apartment complex."
As Google Maps Developers we have appended the parking/standing spot (for each separate unit - the Address Point described below) to regular Google Maps - this spot, along with entrance and office indicators, could also be easily appended to Apple/Tom Tom, Esri, or HERE maps.
Thus, on our doctored up Google map the driver is shown these three address points:
Along with our other carefully-gathered location detail (see below) the driver arrives at his destination in the fastest and safest possible way. We believe Delivery Locator's unique location data has the potential to improve our nation's infrastructure in a major way - imagine this system with its standardized terminology being appreciated by drivers from coast to coast.
According to the 2010 Census, there are over 126 million residential units in the U.S., of which about 40.7 million (34.9%) are renter-occupied (see included 2010 Census PDF - pages 3 and 8). Current online mapping or GPS systems will get you pretty close to the 65% of units with separate street addresses (houses), but they don't help service renters (the other 35%) as well as they could - a system such as Delivery Locator which contains location specifics is needed for that.
This website is a "real world" working site for some 30,000+ apartments (over 45% of the population in this area) in a six mile radius around Lewisville, Texas, and has been built primarily to show big mapmakers how such a scalable system could be expanded to include more of the U.S. We apartment gurus also believe the content we're gathering definitely has valuable marketing potential (i.e., 3rd floor dwellers order more fast food).
From much trial and error we devised a method (details of which we would gladly expound to potential Buyers/Partners) to accurately gather data for these
Crucial and possibly life-saving components:
from a recent NSGIC (National States Geographic Information Council) Issues Brief which shows the U.S. government's current status in this important area of "point addressing".
Another interesting report, recently adopted on Dec 3, 2014, by the National Geospatial Advisory Committee (NGAC) is "The Need for a National Address Database - Use Cases", subtitled "A Report Submitted By the National Geospatial Advisory Committee December 2014" - is attached (see particularly pages 2,3, 5, and 6):
Need for a National Address Database Article
and more recently June 2015's (see pg.23)
A smarter driver gets there faster. The original intent behind Delivery Locator was to assist in finding hard-to-find addresses. In addition to apartments (which are our specialty and have the front doors hardest to find), we also provide layout maps for local malls, applicable motels (those with outside doors), trailer parks, and other addresses difficult to find:
(see Current Maps page for a complete list of Lewisville and surrounding area).
Homeland Security and emergency personnel would particularly benefit from this information, as no other system provides this much detail in a timely fashion. Since most apartment units have but one entrance/exit door, Homeland Security or police could also position themselves better for apprehension/surveillance purposes.
For non-fire emergencies requiring an ambulance, getting to the front door fast is of vital life-saving importance. Drivers do the best they can, however, no one driver can be expected to be able to quickly recall a particular unit among thousands (in truth, we've found that even for experienced drivers, the old 80-20 rule applies - 80% of the problem is caused by 20% of the sought-after units). Most of the details for the vital front door location components mentioned above are not available (in one place, if at all) in any current publication. In most cases the driver uses Google Maps (or an equivalent) and/or local knowledge to get to the community’s street address, then hopefully common sense or a complex's site map (many of which aren't very accurate) to get to the applicable apartment's front door.
Current government standards for locating apartments are pretty vague, but they do include the street address and the first two items above, Building Number and Floor. But hardly any states have completed much work in this area - when questioned about this recently, the NENA Development Steering Council Strategic Adviser at National Emergency Number Association responded "This is the latest revision to the new NENA 9-1-1 Location Standard. It is a joint effort between NENA and the Internet Engineering Task Force. It takes location to a new level of detail, but has not yet been implemented other than testing and pilot projects." - to see the present addressing components for the PIDF-LO (Presence Information Data Format Location Object) please see:
The driver’s Biggest Problem-Top of Next Page
is in finding the appropriate building and then the front door of the desired unit within that building.