“Download This App!” Say Police
If you’re lost in the desert, stuck on a mountain or adrift at sea the what3names App can identify and relay exactly where you are.
It’s so accurate . . . police in the United Kingdom are asking all smart phone users to download it.
How did this happen?
What3words took the globe and divided it into 10 foot X 10 foot squares; the total of 57 trillion squares could each be assigned a unique address comprised of three random words.
They didn’t even need to use the entire dictionary. 40,000 words was all it took.
My apartment location – moral.editor.patent.
With just three words the App has aleady helped find lost hikers, direct fire crews and rescue several people trapped after accidents.
What3words’ goal is to become a global standard for communicating location.
A simple 3 word address is easier to remember than a postal address and can be shared more accurately. It’s optimised for voice recognition systems and currently available in 37 languages.
The system has been adopted widely by UK Police and Search and Resue services.
Airbnb, Ford, Mercedes, Jaguar, Tomtom, Dominos, the CDC and Lonely Planet are now using it to help guide people accurately to destinations.
The BBC recently reported that Mongolia has adopted what3words for its postal service.
The App needs no cell signal to tell someone their three-word location. Lucky, if you’re lost in a rainforest where cell service is spotty.
It’s only a matter of time before U.S. Police and Emergency services recognise the importance of the App. The C.I.A. is probably already using it.
It has such a clever logo ///
I say download the App from the App store now.
You never know when you might need it.