Can you imagine giving your best friend your new address using latitude and longitude coordinates? That’s the only address alternative available to four billion people . . . until now.
A UK start up company has created a local reference system that gives everyone and everywhere a simple address with 3 unique words. The 3 words identities a 3mx3m square anywhere on the planet. In fact, each of the 57 trillion 3mx3m squares in the world have been pre-allocated a fixed & unique 3 word address.
“What 3 Words” uses their geocoder to turn geographic coordinates into 3 word addresses. For example: engine.doors.cubs goes to the most famous street address in the world – the White House.
The technology provides an essential tool for developing nations. A simple and precise address is vital for life-threatening situations and provides a growth engine for their economies.
Mongolia will be the first nation to try out the system for its post office, but you can get the three-word code for your own house. Just click over to “What 3 Words” map page and type in your street address.