If you haven’t already heard of what3words, it is a universal addressing system based on a 3-meter by 3-meter global grid. Each of the 57 trillion squares in the world has been pre-allocated a fixed and unique three word address. For example, the location of RPLS Today’s private mailbox (located at a mailing center) is located at “popped.faster.planet“.
According to GoGeomatics Canada, six national mapping agencies around the world have officially adopted what3words’ 3-word address system:
what3words, the multi-award winning location reference system, has today announced that six national mapping agencies have adopted 3-word addresses. Used to input and share locations within national online geoportals, what3words is making it simpler for businesses, governments, and citizens to find, share and remember addresses.
The six agencies who have adopted this system are:
- Switzerland’s Federal Office for Topography (swisstopo)
Watch the following video for a nice overview:
Do you think any U.S.-based agencies or firms will adopt what3words? Why or why not? Please let us know what you think in the comments section below.