What3words assigns three-word tags to each of the 57 trillion 10-square-foot plots on Earth. The Los Angeles Fire Department is now using technology for firefighting. 'urgency. What3words
If you get lost in Los Angeles 'gigantic Griffith Park, texting three words might help you find your way. The fire department in the nation ' s second largest city said it has partnered with What3words , a start- up digital location that gives every place on Earth a unique and simple three-word name.
The The fire department of Los Angeles had been testing What3words since 2020, using technology to identify places emergency teams needed to reach even if the sites did not have conventional addresses. The 3,300-employee department has initially attracted to technology as it would be useful forincidents in the wild, where people can tell you where they parked but cannot provide an address.
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Now the technology is being used on college campuses, stadiums, waterways and the gigantic Home Depot parking lot The department also wants What3words works best with highway incidents, as well as its other technology providers to add What3words support.
"We are finding that the use of this tool is expanding into areas we had not thought of before " said Scott Porter, chief information officer of LAFD.
Partnership is another example of how digital technology can affect our lives. The ability of our smartphones to locate us, as well as a mobile network coverage ofe growing, means help can be called more and more easily.
What3words assigns a three-word tag to each of the 57 billion 10-square-foot plates on the planet. For example, the entrance to the Revenge of the Mummy ride at Universal Studios is at frames.lamps.chest . (The site is just north of LAFD station # 51 on amused.grenouilles.harsh ). The technology is proprietary but free to consumers on the company's app or website.
Offer a unique label for each place on Earth n This is not a new idea, as the centuries-old latitude-longitude system shows. But the lat-long coordinates have serious flaws, Porter said. This includes difficulties in finding coordoBorn with a phone and sharing those contact details with dispatchers and emergency responders.
"Lat-long is difficult to manage and rife with errors," Porter said. "With 16 digits, you make a mistake and you are in a completely different part of the world.
LAFD obtains the What3words locations in four ways.
The first is to make 911 calls on Android phones or iPhones. In many of these cases, the RapidSOS system automatically reports an accurate location to the service, whose geographic location software automatically converts it to a What3words location included in the report. 'incident. Second, dispatchers can send a text message with a link that retrieves the three word addressof the dispatcher.
People can also use the What3words app to find their location. Finally, more and more signs, especially in wild areas, identify What3words locations.
What3words is also built into many cars and used in postal systems in some countries. The company's latest investor, Ikea, is interested in parcel delivery technology.
"They are stepping up online delivery internationally," Chris Sheldrick, managing director of What3words, said of the furniture giant. "They see how we are revolutionizing address capture for e-commerce and logistics.