Solomon Islands becomes latest country to adopt 3 word addresses

Solomon Postal Corporation will use what3words to serve almost 1,000 islands across the South Pacific.

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what3words, the multi-award winning addressing system, has been adopted as an addressing standard by Solomon Post. Solomon Islands, with 992 tropical islands is the second largest nation in the South Pacific region. Solomon Islands is now the sixth nation in the world, and the second in the South Pacific to adopt what3words’ innovative global addressing system.

The Solomon Islands comprises of two 1,800 kilometre island chains. Earlier this year, Tonga, one of its neighbours, also adopted what3words. Both countries will use what3words’ precision addressing system to tackle the immense logistical challenges faced by island nations.

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With a population of more than 640,000 people spread across 28,400 square kilometres, delivering anything to anyone in this isolated paradise is a challenge. In some areas, mail is delivered only to central PO boxes, leaving many residents up to 100km away from the postal network. Other areas have no postal deliveries at all. High volumes of undelivered mail incur extra costs for both Solomon Post and the wider community.

In what3words, Solomon Post has found the solution. This innovative global addressing system has divided the world into 57 trillion 3m x 3m squares, each with a unique 3 word address. It means that every home and business in the Solomon Islands has a simple and accurate address that is easy to remember and to use. For example ///homecare.duty.forks refers to the exact 3m x 3m square at the entrance of the Solomon Islands Postal Corporation Headquarters.

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Access to a reliable postal service is something that most people take for granted. However, our lack of accurate addressing has made home delivery impossible and has consistently slowed down our development. The problem seemed insurmountable, until now. The adoption of what3words is putting our residents and their homes back on the map and equipping our team with the tools they need to provide a modern and reliable postal service. Beyond the satisfaction of delivering a letter or parcel on time, the opportunities for the local economy and community are endless. 

Alfred Ghemu, Solomon Post Deputy CEO

Available in 14 languages, with many more currently in development, what3words is used in over 170 countries by organisations such governments, postal services, logistics companies, emergency services and NGOs, as well as individuals. It is more accurate than traditional street addresses, simpler than landmark-based directions, and easier to remember and communicate than GPS coordinates. The system has built-in error detection and is available through a free mobile app and API integration. The system even works offline, without a data connection.

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Solomon Post plans to engage with the country's major utilities, schools, and governmental agencies across the islands to help explain how 3 word addresses work, and the benefits of using them, with a view to building a more efficient ecosystem and boosting the local economy.

Every postal service in the world struggles with addressing. The Solomon Islands have an ambitious mindset and by implementing 3 word addresses they’ve adopted a solution that can deliver goods in a more efficient way to all of their user base. Whether the population is spread over islands, deserts, cities or villages, our vision is to help people across the world to access services and goods exactly when they need to.

Chris Sheldrick, CEO and Co-founder of what3words. 
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About what3words

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.