True or False: Are Actual Location and Relative Location the Same?

Answer? False. They’re totally different.

The best way to understand relative location vs actual location is to understand their role in the history of XYO, as a company.

Until summer of last year, XYO was a relative location company. Then we bought LayerOne and added actual location to the mix. Here’s what was written at the time:

At XYO, we operate at the intersection of Internet of Things (IoT) and Location, which we combine to call “Location of Things” (LoT). But how we combine this with blockchain is where it gets really interesting.

XYO Network is a **Relative** location network — a network tied together by constantly moving nodes.

Yet as humans, we have a hard time reading location data this way. Why? Because it’s nearly impossible to understand location data unless one overlays maps as context. We need **Absolute location** protocols — latitude-longitude coordinates, for example — to see and understand exactly where things are in the world.

Need an example? Here’s how Relative location and Absolute location work together:

Relative location: Jim and Jenn are 1.5 meters away from each other.

Relative location AND Absolute location: Jim and Jenn are 1.5 meters away from each other…at Lat. 53.343813 and Long: -6.263538 (bonus points if you’ve been there — I hear the beer is amazing).

In the most stripped down, simplified way, relative location is the amount of distance between moving objects / nodes (5 feet apart, for example), while actual location is the set place where they actually are (i.e. at the corner of Broadway and Columbia).

And yes, their accuracy is more important than ever.

Case in point. A recent article in Forbes states that the North Pole drifting so fast, that authorities have actually had to redefine the location. This drift can cause serious navigational problems with our crumbling GPS system, especially in the mountains and higher altitudes.

But our plan is to deliver a relative and absolute location platform that offers maximum location accuracy, even in the face of the North Pole moving almost 35 miles per year — or even faster.

Keep an eye on this space as we tackle other myths and truths about blockchain, location, the future, and more!