What are the drawbacks of what3words?

What are the drawbacks of what3words? It's very simple: it's a closed system. So their company own the database of words which are mapped to locations and this is not Open Data so the only way of mapping three words to a location, or vice versa, is through their company and its servers.

Is what 3 words accurate?

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.

What is the advantage of what3words?

what3words addresses are easy to remember and to say over the phone or radio. They're also quicker and easier to type than a regular street address. They're designed for speech recognition technology, making them easy to input correctly into voice-enabled devices or vehicles.

What is the three word controversy?

Questions have been raised about a digital addressing system which divides the world up into three-by- three-metre squares to pinpoint someone's location. What3Words (W3W) gives each square a unique three-word address, and the app is used by 100 UK emergency services.

Why does my 3 words keep changing?

This can mean that multiple devices very close to each other might show different 3 word addresses, not because the 3 word addresses of your actual location is different but because the devices each think they are in slightly different places. Our app converts the GPS location into a 3 word address.

Is what 3 words more accurate than GPS?

How do you use what3words in an emergency?

How do I use what3words in an emergency?

  1. Find the 3 word address for your current location on the free what3words app for iOS and Android. …
  2. Share your 3 word address over the phone to the call handler.
  3. The emergency service can then coordinate a response directly to the exact location where help is needed.

What happens if you message 999?

Send the message to 999The emergency service will reply to you either asking for more information or telling you that help is on the way.

Does what3words work with 911?

eagle. comb – you could call 911 and simply say: 'My what3words address is scores eagle comb'. The call taker will use the what3words address to see exactly where you are and send help. The what3words app works offline – ideal for areas with unreliable data connection.

Can I find a what3words for an address?

Enter a place name or street address into the search bar and choose the correct result. Switch to satellite mode and zoom in until you see the grid. Tap on a square to see its what3words address. Tap the icon above satellite mode to view your current location.

What happens if I pocket dial 999?

As many smart phones allow for emergency 999 call access even when the screen is locked it can be easy to pocket dial in error. If you have called 999 by accident, please don't hang up. Stay on the line and let us know you are fine.

What happens if you accidentally call 999 and hang up right away?

If you replace the handset without speaking to the operator your call will be passed to the police as a 'silent call' and we will try to contact you back by telephone or if there is no reply by telephone an officer will be sent to your address to check everything is OK.

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