VolksNav© in Munich

Munich has the option to be world's first city that has realized an international orientation standard, an idea from a Munichian inventor to simplify and harmonize worldwide all orientation means: signage, cartography, postal codes, navigation devices and verbal expressions. 

Within this city, it is (will be) possible to find any target with easy brain work, that means 

- without maps, - without names,
- without illogical numbers  - without arrows
- without floor marks  - without square grids 
- without colors - without compass or other navigation devices

Buildings, crossings, stop points, bridges etc. have logical addresses like

                      Münchner Freiheit StatusQuo© MUN m12:7 r28 

which are easy to understand if you associate the city with a clock as follows:

The Marienplatz was (will be) defined as a pole m0

Around this pole, the horizon is divided in 12 "horizon hours"     

              m1  to  m12   

, whereas m12 points to north. 

This divides the city as a cake in 12 imaginary sectors. As an example, the sector m11 was marked.

m2 The sectors are divided in horizon minutes. These are not angles but DISTANCES to the horizon hour, in steps of approx. one "block of houses" or 100 meters. 

Example    m3:10 ( read   "emm 3 point 10"   or   "emm three 10" ). 

This is a line situated in a distance of 10 x 100m from the horizon hour m3, which points to sunrise.

The convention for horizon minutes is very simple:   

              the greater, the later.

Considering the distance to m0 as r = radius also in steps of blocks of houses, logical position codes for targets, buildings, crossings etc. come into existence, e. g. as shown on the picture: 

     StatusQuo©   m12:7 r28

StatusQuo means "where you are". In simple words:

"r" is a numbering starting FROM m0

"m" is a north-direction-based numbering AROUND m0  


This simple methode covers a gigantic market gap: 

      l o g i c a l   and easy understandable  p o s i t i o n   codes.

Natural Cartography

A map with such a polar grid has innovative characteritics, see www.volksnav.com/map . Please be aware about the fact that if the target isn't on map, with the help of the logical position code it's possible to imagine where it is situated !! 

Interesting details: 

- the search grid contains quadrangules similar to the conventional ones. The picture above shows a white quadrangule with the dimensions 1 km x 1 km. The bended sides let know in which direction the urban pole is situated, even if the centre isn't on map. 

- the width of the sector is half the radius !! Example: m12:5 r10, m12:10 r20etc..

- the middle of the sector is radius/4. Example: m12:5 r20


StatusQuo© addresses will be integrated within the existing signage, see www.volksnav.com/lollipop, or be indicated on so-called Orientators©, the signage of the future.

Vertical Pointing©: additional to the position information, a round symbol called center or pole pointer will be placed on their periphery to allow to detect the direction m0  according to the following conventions: 

if the pointer is placed on top       (f12) m0 will be in front of you  (f12)
  on bottom    (f6)   behind      (f6)
  right hand    (f3)   right hand  (f3)

etc. Acc. to the same convention, a square symbol points to north = m12.  The picture reveils: m12 is behind, the pole is right hand 




The local navigation with the help of such codes is called VolksNav©. As proceeded today with house numbers, VolksNav© is nothing else than the major/minor comparison between "r" and "m" values: 

Simply proceed according to 1 -2 -3 : 

1 - 




Turn your body until m0 will be BEHIND. In this position, 

ahead will be outwards
right hand " to later (clockwise)
left hand " to earlier


Beginners have to turn physically, after some exercises anyone will be able to do this by his imagination power. In case you look at above shown Orientator©, you'd have to turn to left, correct? 

2 - 



Ask yourself:         

must I move inwards or outwards? 

 ( = is the target radius greater or smaller than the actual one?)

3 - 



Ask yourself:      

must I move to “later” (clockwise) or to earlier?  

( = is the target m later or earlier than the actual one?)


Let's see the example shown on map above: 

If your target is:    Münchner Freiheit StatusQuo© MUN m12:7 r28  

and you've lost orientation on crossing     m1 r42, 

so you must go

- inwards ( r28 is less than r42 )


- to "earlier" (counterclockwise)   ( m12 is "earlier"  than m1 )

This may seem to be unfamiliar, but the orientation based on cardinal points is used for some thousand years and imaginary clocks are used by soldiers, boy scouts, pilots, blind people etc. for more than 100 years

cristo In a real situation, VolksNav© can be learned within few minutes, that means, faster than the most seeking times. Then you'll be able to navigate everywhere as elegant as around the Christus statue in Rio de Janeiro, where the idea of a quantified polar orientation and an orientation standard was born.


Visions: mobile / indoor / global


Vision Mobile applications: Very soon also navigation devices and mobile phones will indicate such logical position codes and cardinal points , see www.volksnav.com/mobile


indoor orientation / logical room numbers

The same addressing methode will also be used  indoor, see www.volksnav.com/deutschesmuseum    



natural World Coordinates WatchRose©

Acc. to this, the international City Code of Munich is 

           WatchRose© m0 

Using this pole and just comparing the codes for example of 

       Freising WatchRose© m12:12  r32

       Eching WatchRose© m12:2 r18 

it is possible to evaluate that 

- the position of Freising is "later" and farther to Munich than Eching, more exactly

:12 - :2 = 10 km later    

radius 32 - r18 = 14 km farther

- the distance between both locations, the hipotenuse, is about 11 km. 


Second example:   

      Tokyo WatchRose© m1:11 00  r93 75       

       Kawasaki WatchRose© m1:11 11  r93 85 

- the position of Kawasaki is "later" and farther to Munich than Tokyo , more exactly

    :11 11 - :11 00 = 11 km later

    radius 9385 - r9375 = 10 km farther

- the distance between both cities, the hipotenuse, is about 12 km. 

- for advanced users:  the direction Tokyo/Kawasaki is: 

    outwards and to later      or        QuoVides® 7, see www.quovides.com


In case of doubt, look at the map: