Dale Luger has been an entrepreneur all his life. He has founded and operated a number of successful businesses primarily in the real estate and construction industries.
In 2005, as a retirement gift to himself, he purchased a vehicle with an in-dash GPS unit (something he’s always wanted). His excitement, however, soon wore off when he discovered how time-consuming and error-prone it was to input destination addresses.
Born out of that frustration, he challenged himself to create an easier method of accomplishing this task. Five years and thousands of hours later, his dream became a reality when his unique numbering system was awarded with a United States Patent.
Interview with Dale
January of 2014. — Kathleen Hanover
Kathleen: What is your technical background that allowed you to conceive of QuickFind Numbers?
Dale: “I don’t have any background in computer technology; however, I pride myself of being able to identify areas of business or industry that need improvements. That vision motivated me to develop QuickFind Numbers.”
Kathleen: Can you explain how the concept works?
Dale: “With the help of a geographic information system (GIS) expert, we divided the world’s land surface into 20-meter squares (two trillion, 300 billion of them). We now have a software developer that is assigning unique numbers to each of those squares. These numbered squares are then cross related to every street address for navigation purposes.”
Kathleen: What about rural areas or other places without street addresses?
Dale: “Assigning unique numbers to each square in effect gives that square an easily identifiable address that can be conveyed to others in emergencies, or even for social reasons. Now, QuickFind Numbers gives us the ability to navigate to any spot on the earth’s surface by inputting as few at eight digits into a GPS unit. A tow truck driver could easily find you on a remote road by using your current QF Number location or you could give your buddies the QF Number of your favorite fishing hole.”
Kathleen: You mentioned fishing…so QuickFind Numbers work on the water, as well as on the land?
Dale: “Yes, QF Numbers are assigned to all freshwater areas as well as a 3 mile ocean perimeter around the United States. I’m an avid kayaker and I wanted to be able to easily identify my location in the event of an emergency.”
Kathleen: Anyone who has used a road atlas is familiar with a map grid with letters across the top and letters down the side. Why not use that kind of system?
Dale: “I chose to use numbers because numerals are the only universal language used worldwide. Not every language uses the Roman alphabet we use in English.”
Kathleen: How can you identify all of these squares with only eight numbers?
Dale: “The complete QF Number is larger than eight numbers. The eight numbers represent a square within a ‘region’ which is about 15,000 sq. miles or about the size of the state of Maryland. Any street address or any square within that region can be identified with just eight numbers. Typically, people will spend 80-90% of their daily life within a region.”
Kathleen: What aspect of QuickFind Numbers makes you most proud?
Dale: “I’m very happy about making day to day navigation much easier and more convenient; however, I’m most proud of the ‘personal safety’ aspects of QuickFind Numbers. Today, the general public is totally reliant upon emergency services being able to triangulate the location of their cell phone. Cell phone users, at best, have a blue dot showing their location but how do you convey the location of that blue dot to others? You can’t. QuickFind Numbers enables its users to accurately identify their current location to anyone….greatly enhancing their own personal safety.”
Kathleen: What industries will be using QuickFind Numbers?
Dale: “We’ve identified 20+ industries that would benefit greatly from QuickFind Numbers, however, I think we’ve only scratched the surface. We intend to make QuickFind Numbers’s software platform available to as many developers as possible because the more people who adopt the QF concept, the more efficient it becomes for all.”
Kathleen: You have focused exclusively on developing the QuickFind Numbers concept for the past year. Do you intend to go back to enjoying your retirement now that you’ve mapped the United States?
Dale: (Smiling) “Well, not quite yet. I’m currently searching for top level management that shares the same excitement that I have for QuickFind Numbers’ potential. Within five years, I expect QuickFind Numbers to be in use worldwide. Our company motto is ‘Helping the world find its way’. With the team members we intend to hire, it will come true.”