Addressing the World with 3 Simple Words
Numerical addresses around the world may soon become 3 simple words and nothing more. That fantasy is becoming a very real reality. Here’s what you need to know.
Currently, physical addresses are comprised of numerical values, follow any number of formats depending on the country or district, and are complex to learn. What3Words wants to change that. They have created a more precise and simpler way to share and find new locations throughout the world. Yes, simpler than an address and easier to find than any current method of addressing currently used today.
What3Words’s solution is an addressing system that uses 3 simple words for any location on planet earth. The company has split the world into 3m x 3m squares (roughly 9.6 ft. x 9.6 ft.) and each square is assigned its own series of three words. Gone are the days of complex address formats and numerical values. The simple 3-word format is easily translated to any language, and the word combination for each 3m x 3m square would never change, no matter how the terrain changes in the real world. The precise location accuracy of each three-letter combination is miles beyond that of a physical address. This new precise location and efficiency could be used in a number of ways.
Users can determine whether a location is in the front or back of a location, something a physical address can’t do. This would be especially important for locations that use a back-alley entrance for deliveries or high-profile arrivals. Mayo Clinic, for example, has a multitude of buildings in each of its cities. Each building has a physical address, however, nine times out of ten those addresses do not match up with the entrance for patients. In large urban areas, being able to send your exact location in the middle of a city block for ride share services or family members would provide convenience and increase efficiency for all parties. Emergency services could receive vital, specific location information to help injured civilians, prevent high level crimes, and be efficient with their hard work. Deliveries for food, packages, or any other item would be more efficient and easier for those delivering items to locations with alternate delivery locations or find a location in a highly populated area.
Addresses are a part of our everyday lives and are used in a number of ways. The possibilities to make addressing easier are endless.
What3Words has developed what3words for iOS and Android to start sharing 3 word locations with friends and family. 3WordPhoto for iOS and Android uses the same technology to apply 3 word location labels to photos and share where they were taken. What3Words has an API, a Mobile SDK, a Server SDK, E-commerce Plugins, Excel Add-ins, GIS Plugins, and more to get started with their service on any existing map, application or website.
They currently have partnerships with major corporations around the world including Domino’s Pizza, Mercedes-Benz, Aramex, Navami, and more. What3Words’s ease of use and simple system is already being implemented around the work, and its value is being recognized by millions.
Getting started is easy and you can use their online map to find the three word address for your current location! We could very well be looking at the future of addressing.
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