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What3Words provides a precise and simple way to name and talk about a location.  Every 3m x 3m square in the world has its own three word address. Traditional addresses are ambiguous and many areas are not even addressed!  Consider road names that are repetitive, an undeveloped mountain range, a shanty town in a third world country, or a specific spot in the ocean. Typical addresses are not precise enough or accurate enough to take you - or an emergency crew - directly to the desired destination. The What3Words algorithm takes complex GPS coordinates and converts them into unique 3-word addresses.

A net laid over a lake surrounded by rugged hills with a small city in the valley.

The world has been divided into a grid of 3 meters by 3 meter squares; envision a net with 3m x 3m squares wrapped around the entire world. Each square is assigned an 'address' composed of three easy-to-remember words. Learn more about What3Words here or watch the introductory video below.

Potential for O&M?

What3Words is a cutting-edge free mainstream tool that is being applied to solve numerous world-wide navigation challenges. What does this mean for travelers who are blind? Meeting a friend at a conference or on campus? Use What3Words to share your location. Waiting for a ride? Share your exact location with the Uber or taxi driver. At the 2017 Guelph Accessibility Conference, Rob Nevin (partner with BlindSquare navigation app) and David Best (BlindSquare user) discuss both BlindSquare and What3Words, and how What3Words is being embedded into the BlindSquare app. To learn more about BlindSquare and What3Words, view the AMI Inside video. The BlindSquare discussion begins at 16:45 and the BlindSquare/What3Words is introduced 22 minutes into the video.

What3Words described how their tool increases accuracy for travelers who are visually impaired. Read more about BlindSquare incorporating What3Words on the What3Words website.

In the video below, Ilkka, BlindSquare developer, demonstrates how to use What3Words within the BlindSquare app.