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WHAT IS WHAT3WORDS?

what3words is the easiest way to describe any precise location. It has divided the world into 3m squares and given each one a unique identifier made from three words.

what3words can be used via the free mobile app and the online map at what3words.com. There’s also an API that developers can use to integrate what3words into their own apps and platforms.

Some examples of how people use what3words are: telling friends exactly where to meet, easily entering a precise destination into a ride-hailing app, and giving their precise location over the phone to emergency services.

Businesses in travel, mobility and logistics, as well as some emergency response teams, use what3words to operate more efficiently and provide a better service.

 

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WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?

Compared to current street addressing systems, 3 word addresses are far more accurate, as they refer to a specific 3m x 3m area. As the entire what3words grid is fixed, the 3 word address for a particular location will never change even if buildings or streets are redeveloped.

Use the videos below to learn how to get started with what3words. For more guidance on how to use the app head over to the what3words guidance pages here

All videos provided within this page are provided by what3words.

How to find a
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How to share a
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How to navigate to a
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How to save a
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HOW TO USE IT IN AN EMERGENCY

OPEN THE APP
Wait a few seconds for the blue dot to settle in one place. For a more accurate GPS location, you should be outdoors.

LOCATE YOURSELF
Tap on iPhone or on Android. The 3 words for your location will display at the top of the screen.

GIVE THE 3 WORDS
Read the what3words location over the phone to the emergency services. They’ll know exactly where to find you.

GOOD TO KNOW
The app works online, even in areas with no internet access, by using the device’s GPS signal.

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SCAN TO DOWNLOAD THE APP

REAL LIFE STORY

See how horse rider Julie uses what3words to meet up with fellow horse riders by pin pointing the exact 3×3 metre location. Julie also uses it to report fly tipping when out hacking and to have that reassurance that like her, other riders can use what2words to pin point exact locations in the event of an emergency.

STOP & THINK!

A What3words address is a unique location identifier providing an area no greater than 3×3 metres. Please stop and think before sharing any what3word locations publically as this that may reveal sensitive information.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

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Navigating to a what3words
address

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Using what3words with
the Emergency Services

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Frequently Asked
Questions

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Prestige Equestrian
Bath Road, Hardwicke,
Gloucestershire,
GL2 2RG

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term.horses.racing

Enquiries
01452 720288
enquiries@prestige.training

Show Centre
01452 726633
shows@prestige.training