What are your three words?

Home » Latest News » What are your three words?

An interesting and potentially life-saving free "app" has come to our attention (thanks to Jon Richardson, over a pint in the Lord C).

Called What3words, it uses a clever algorithm to define any location on the surface of the earth as a unique combination of three words.

The point about it is that someone else, and critically emergency services responders, can use the three words to get a precise location for a caller. It has already proved critical in saving lives in several high-profile incidents. Once loaded, it does not depend on an internet connection.

It has an accuracy of 3 metres (i.e. the surface of the earth is divided into several trillion squares of 3 metre sides), and the algorithm it uses ensures that similar sounding words do not occur in neighbouring squares.

The same result could be achieved using high precision latitude and longitude, but numbers are notoriously difficult to get right over a poor speech connection.

So once the app is loaded into a smart phone, ipad or whatever, the device uses its GPS technology to find its geographic position and then converts them into the unique three word code.

It uses a dictionary of about 40,000 English words to achieve this, but of course can be used with almost any language.

Its accuracy means that the average house probably has five or six pinpoint locations, each with its own three word code.

For example, the front hall of the editor's house is "notes.spires.clapper" and, amazingly, you can both see and hear the Church from here..
The lounge is "after.delusions.fitter"
The kitchen is "crowd.forest.laughs"
While the garage is "juicy.drifters.snug" and so on.

It is a British invention, available from the app store, and a more detailed description is available here..

popular recent storiesAlso in the news

Audlem Medical Practice
Thu 19 Sep 6:09am  |  hits: 909

Changes to Prescribing Items that are available over the counter at PharmaciesBetween December 2017 and February 2018 NHS England had an open consultation which has led to new guidance regarding the prescription of medicines available over the counter. We have discussed this with our Clinical Commissioning Groups Medicines Management Team, at the local Prescribing Leads Meeting, with our GP...

Sat 21 Sep 6:07am  |  hits: 694

Witnessing one of the Audlem "total gridlock" events in the village the other day, I was instantly transported back to our recent Italian holiday and began to compare the different driving behaviours.In Audlem, there was the usual chaos caused by the combination of a HGV travelling along Shropshire Street towards the Square, at the same time as a bus was coming up Woore Road and a...

turnpike field
Mon 16 Sep 6:08am  |  hits: 668

The last few weeks have been quite busy as regards activity and plans for the field. Volunteers have just cut the hedge back on the corner of Green Lane, however there is still some attention required alongside the footpath- hopefully this should be sorted soon. Also, last Saturday, Jonathan Gleave in his tractor flailed the Himalayan balsam whilst a working party of ADAS and AWEG volunteers...