Convert coordinates to 3 word addresses with a single click
what3words adds simple lat/long conversion with online service and Microsoft excel plug-in
Latitude and longitude coordinates are brilliant for helping trained professionals and machines to specify a precise location but they are rubbish for everyday people. Lat/long are hard to remember & errors in understanding, transcription, and communication make their widespread use prohibitive.
3 Simple Words
what3words is a global addressing system
based on a grid of 57 trillion 3mx3m squares. Each square has been allocated a
unique, fixed 3 word address.
Using words means non-technical people can find any location more accurately and most importantly, communicate it more quickly, more easily and with less ambiguity than any other system.
what3words new batch conversion tools, both online & through an excel plug-in, mean that large databases of complex coordinates can be converted to 3 simple words in seconds. These compliment the existing API & SDK offered by the company.
“Converting vast numbers of complex coordinates to 3 simple words means that addresses can be communicated quickly and easily with no ambiguity or errors. This saves time & money. „ Chris Sheldrick, CEO what3words
Unleash your GIS
The growth of GIS is often hampered by unfamiliarity, impenetrable technical terms & a lack of expertise. Simpler addressing can remove these barriers and help drive the adoption of geospatial data across an entire organisation and engage the public.
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what3words is a global grid of 3m x 3m squares where each square has been pre-allocated a fixed and unique 3 word address.
75% of the world suffers from inconsistent, complicated or inadequate addressing systems.
This means that around 4 billion people are invisible; unable to report crime; unable to get deliveries or receive aid; and unable to exercise many of their rights as citizens because they simply have no way to communicate where they live.
It means that in remote locations water facilities can’t be found, monitored and fixed; and schools, refugee camps and informal settlements remain unaddressed. Even in countries with advanced systems, people get lost, packages aren’t delivered and businesses aren’t found.
Poor addressing is costly & annoying in developed countries, but limits growth and threatens lives in developing ones.
Our API is being integrated into businesses, apps & services. It works across all platforms and devices, in multiple languages, offline and with voice recognition.
what3words means everyone and everywhere now has an address.