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Thursday, July 29, 2021

What3Words Location Database

And we continue to follow up the complexity, security and implications of determining location.  With a system called What3Words, which I had not heard of before.  Described quickly below.  See also: What3words.com

Lost in L.A.? Fire Department Can Find You with What3words Location Technology

CNet, Stephen Shankland, July 22, 2021  in CACM

The Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) has entered into a partnership with digital location startup What3words, which assigns a unique three-word name to each of 57 billion 10-foot-square spots on Earth. The department had been testing the application since last year, using it to locate places that emergency crews needed to reach even if the sites lacked conventional addresses. LAFD receives What3words locations through 911 calls on Android phones or iPhones, or through text messages sent by dispatchers with links that retrieve the three-word addresses. People also can use the What3words app to pinpoint their own locations. Increasing numbers of signs identify locations with their What3words designations, particularly in wildlands.

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