United Nations Disaster App Now Includes 3 word addressesUN-ASIGN is a free crowd-sourced report app used during a natural disaster or humanitarian crisis. Developed for the United Nations by AnsuR Technologies, it allows individuals to collect and disseminate crowd-sourced photos and reports. Data such as points of flooding, damaged buildings and hazardous electric lines are automatically mapped and help towards overall situational awareness and repsonse during a crisis. The data is collected by UNOSAT who then shares the relevant data with UN O...
what3words addresses growth by hiring leading UK geocoding expert as new Chief Technology Officer9 July 2015, LONDON, UK – Gary Gale, the British geocoding expert and former Director of Places at HERE, has joined the innovative global addressing company what3words as Chief Technology Officer. The boost to what3words’ management team comes as the company enters a new phase of global growth. Gale joins what3words from the Ordnance Survey, the UK’s national mapping agency, where he was Head of APIs. “As our business and consumer base is fast becoming global, Gary’s experience integ...
UK company what3words wins “Innovation Grand Prix” at Cannes LionsYoung British company what3words has won the prestigious “Innovation Grand Prix” at the Cannes Lions awards in France, for its revolutionary service that gives every location in the world an easy-to-remember three-word address. The innovative solution tackles a problem that affects about 75% of the world’s population, who have either no address, or an inadequate one. Without an address, people struggle to secure microfinance, run a business or join the global economy. Wherever people need t...
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.