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New-fangled GPS-based system can tell how far your email has travelled

GPS technology

LONDON: A system that makes use of GPS technology in order to calculate the number of miles an email has travelled before reaching an inbox has been developed. The system cliquishly titled as “Email Miles” uses GPS and internet tracking to determine where a message was sent from and where it was received.

It then from its barrio calculates the total distance between the two and displays it on the screen alongside a map. The creator of the system, Jonah Brucker-Cohen, a design lecturer, said he hoped it would remind people how quickly they can communicate today in a digital world, ‘The Times‘ reported.

The system shows how indirect the route of emails can be. An email sent from New York to Dakar, Senegal, shows how this works. It travelled 790 miles (1,271km) to a server in Chicago Illinois, and went 2,163 miles (3,481km) to Mountain View, California; 1,699 miles (2,734km) to Dallas; 4,745 miles (7,636km) to London; and 2,718 miles (4,374km) to its destination – 12,115 miles (19,497 km) in all.

Brucker-Cohen alleged that the system does all of its time and distance calculations using the internet and a coordinate mapping system. “When all of the mileage amounts are tallied, it adds them all and provides the user with a map, the countries, continents and miles the email travelled,” Brucker-Cohen held.


Jawed Akhtar

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