13 Jun 2016

GPS developer working towards mapping the Pacific

7:50 pm on 13 June 2016

A Samoa business is mapping address points for the entire Pacific region to allow more effective use of GPS tracking systems for navigation.

Apia CBD the capital of Samoa.

Apia CBD the capital of Samoa. Photo: RNZI/Koroi Hawkins

Skyeye set up a GPS vehicle tracking solution to help combat company vehicle misuse in both the private and government sector.

But in order for the technology to work, they had to map all of Samoa so they had location points to work from.

Managing director Christopher Saili said they had now also geocoded American Samoa, Solomon Islands and were thinking of doing Papua New Guinea next year.

"There's no addresses, there's no official kind of street names or letterboxes that sit outside your house so what we actually had to do was put a GPS unit in a vehicle and drive around with a tablet in our car. And we were able to verify the location by actually physically seeing the car arrive at a location. And that's how we were able to add the points of interest or geocode the country."