"what3Words" is a FREE app for your smartphone. It gives every 3x3 square metre of the whole world a unique three-word code. For a local example, the front door at the Fox and Hounds at Newmillerdam is ///haunt.fence.tastes
You can now easily find a what3words address for anywhere in the world. what3words addresses are easy to say and share, are as accurate as GPS coordinates and more accurate than mobile phone locators.
Think how useful this is if you're just trying to meet up with somebody. For example, "I'm in the car in the bottom car park in Cannon Hall Country Park, across the road from that Garden Centre just outside of Cawthorne" becomes w3w.co/fuzz.bumping.hunt so if you send this link to your mate it will show them the very 3x3 metre square you're parked in!
Handy, useful, clever, of course, but think about how you, as walkers/ramblers/hikers would find this, if you suddenly can't continue your journey because of an accident, trip, fall, medical emergency - or even if you're just lost!
- The Police www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-49319760
- Yorkshire Air Ambulance www.yorkshireairambulance.org.uk/news-patient-stories/news/yorkshire-air-ambulance-urge-people-across-yorkshire-to-download-app-which-can-help-save-lives/
Our local walking/tourist organsiations and bodies are recommending the use of what3words;
For more even more information have a look at the website for more information
Click here to download the app for an iPhone or android smartphone.
I recommend that you always use a link from an official, certified website which will have rigorous security procedures to help keep your device safe. The above link will take you straight to the download page for Apple App Store or Google Play - so you don't risk getting a hacked version.
Click here see for some guidance on how to use the app