VolksNav© in Shanghai

Shanghai 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

     Pudong airport                    StatusQuo© SGH   m4:95 r305

     Hongqiao airport                                               m8:30 r160

     Longyang station Transrapid magnetic levitation          m4:7 r69

   Nanpu bridge                                                  m5:15 r38

      Shanghai university                                         m10:23 r132

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

An outstanding point as e. g. the Oriental Pearl Tower 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 m9 was marked.

s1
s2 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    m3:50 ( read   "emm 3 point 50"   or   "emm three 50" ). 

This is a line situated in a distance of 50 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: 

     crossing StatusQuo© Shanghai m9:10 r80

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

"r" is a numbering starting FROM m0

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

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Natural Cartography©

A map with such a polar grid has innovative characteritics, see www.volksnav.com/map .  Please be aware about the fact that a. m. target airport isn't on map but the logical position code m4:95 r305 make it 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 2,5 km x 2,5 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: m8:25 r50, m8:50 r100 etc..

- the middle of the sector is radius/4. Example: m8:25 r100

.Example of a location map and a logical address

POS Plaza StatusQuo(c) Shanghai m4 r37: 

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Example for station codes:

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Signage

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 m0 will be in front of you
  on bottom   behind
  right hand   right hand

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

orientator

            Orientator© 

Navigation / VolksNav©

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

Positioning

 

 

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

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

etc. 

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

r-comparison

 

Ask yourself:         

must I move inwards or outwards? 

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

3

m-comparison

 

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 an example: 

If the position code of your target is given as m8:40 r90  

and you've lost orientation on named crossing m9:10 r80, 

so you must go

- outwards ( r90 is greater than r80 )

and

- to "earlier" (counterclock)   ( m9 is "later"  than m8 )

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.

 

Vision

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

You're invited to test the program for pocketPC/smartphone with/without GPS by means of a download from www.volksnav.com

Natural World Co-ordinates:

the same addressing methode will soon also be used indoor www.volksnav.com/deutschesmuseum and within the whole globe, see  www.watchrose.com. Acc. to this, the international City Code of Shanghai is 

          WatchRose© m1:27 30  r87 75  

Comparing to  Hangzhou WatchRose© m1:29 00  r87 70, it is possible to evaluate that the distance of both cities to Munich is almost the same and the position of Hangzhou is "later", more exactly

:2900 - :2730 = 170 km "later = distance between both cities