What is what3words?
what3words is a simple way to communicate a precise location based on a global grid of 57 trillion 3 meter x 3 meter squares. Each square has a pre-allocated fixed and unique 3 word address.
For example, the 3 word address for the front door of the what3words office West London is index.home.raft. Aligned Assets office in Woking is at fresh.parent.apple.
Why are 3 word addresses useful?
Whilst latitude/longitude coordinates are accurate they very hard for regular people to use. Transcribing and communicating long strings of numbers like 51.521049, 0.202721 is prone to error and prohibits their widespread use beyond the geospatial community.
Street addressing is not universal or accurate and there are numerous locations that need to be recorded which are not covered. These include electricity substations, bus shelters, advertising hoardings and telephone boxes.
A way to refer to these assets is needed, so people often end up allocating a name such as “ELECTRICITY SUB STATION 16M FROM PREMIER INN, READERS QUAY, 36M FROM ALBERT ROAD” which is unwieldy, inaccurate and difficult to communicate. A 3 word address is both a unique identifier and a precise location, accurate to 3 meters. It is much easier to use “ELECTRICITY SUB STATION AT BLUNT.KEEPS.FILM”.
Using 3 word addresses with the Aligned Asset product range
Aligned Assets will be able to automatically generate and store the 3 word address for any address held in its Gazetteers. This includes Symphony iManage, Bluelight and International.
The 3 word address can then be viewed, searched for and updated within the products mentioned above. Our SinglePoint search engine will also enable the 3 word address to be used to search for land and property by linking it with AddressBase Premium and the LLPG.
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