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"The three words that can save your life" - BBC

Post by Waterbaby » Thu Aug 15, 2019 5:50 am

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By Duncan Leatherdale
BBC News

"What3words essentially points to a very specific location.

Its developers divided the world into 57 trillion squares, each measuring 3m by 3m (10ft by 10ft) and each having a unique, randomly assigned three-word address."

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-49319760

https://what3words.com/daring.lion.race

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Re: "The three words that can save your life" - BBC

Post by WillPool » Thu Aug 15, 2019 6:59 am

Interesting and a good idea.

Must say had never heard of it until just now ;)

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Re: "The three words that can save your life" - BBC

Post by grim72 » Thu Aug 15, 2019 8:09 am

I had just finished reading the article before I came on this site - must admit I'd never heard of it either but I've already sent the link to a couple of mountaineer friends in case they want to use it - sounds like a pretty good idea to me.
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Re: "The three words that can save your life" - BBC

Post by bernicarey » Thu Aug 15, 2019 8:12 am

This was reported on TV a few times earlier this year. I've tried it and my house address is about 3 houses off .scratch

There's good business reasons to use it too...
https://www.vodafone.co.uk/business/ins ... l-business
London on-demand courier, Quiqup, tested three-word addresses against traditional street addresses over 20 deliveries. The driver using three-word addresses found that they reduced the overall delivery time by 30%. This means that businesses can save time and increase the number of house calls or deliveries made per day.
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Re: "The three words that can save your life" - BBC

Post by witsd » Thu Aug 15, 2019 2:36 pm

Shared with our H&S team. Certainly has lone / distance working implications.
We often think that when we have completed our study of one we know all about two, because 'two' is 'one and one.' We forget that we still have to make a study of 'and.'


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Re: "The three words that can save your life" - BBC

Post by Alexis » Tue Aug 20, 2019 4:25 pm

Seems my car has this and I didn't know until now. lol
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Re: "The three words that can save your life" - BBC

Post by bernicarey » Tue Aug 20, 2019 4:58 pm

Alexis wrote:
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Seems my car has this and I didn't know until now. lol
Have you tried saying 3 random words to it and seeing where it takes you... :lol: :lol:
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Re: "The three words that can save your life" - BBC

Post by Messy » Tue Aug 20, 2019 6:14 pm

It's an amazing tool but dont believe the hype as theres not blanket coverage - well yet

Plus as someone who loves wide open spaces, there are many places i cant get a signal - including at my desk in central London.

It will be a really useful safety device in time- not sure how they make their money tho

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Re: "The three words that can save your life" - BBC

Post by WillPool » Wed Aug 21, 2019 5:32 am

Read an article by Scottish Mountain Rescue yesterday (cant seem to find it) and although they can use this method they fear more folks may now go into the mountains less prepared than required as more and more apps are prodcued.

They have had to rescue countless people with no basic navigation skills who try to conquer the landscape using google maps and it all goes pear-shaped when the GPS/4G drops out.

There is no substitute for a good old map and compass and understanding grid references. If you can give a 10 figure grid it is accurate to 1m x 1m which in some instances is more accurate than your GPS.

The Mountain Rescue will use three words to find your location but will still use an OS Map and a compass to plan a safe route to come and rescue you ;)

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Re: "The three words that can save your life" - BBC

Post by CAD » Wed Aug 21, 2019 1:45 pm

I am probably being really silly here, but other than replacing co-ordinates with three random words what's so innovative about it?

It's easier to remember three words than a set of co-ordinates I guess. Am I missing something blindingly obvious?

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Re: "The three words that can save your life" - BBC

Post by bernicarey » Wed Aug 21, 2019 2:36 pm

I think there's multiple aspects to it, from delivery companies to emergency situations.
If it is as global as they say, you have to remember that there are dozens of different map reference systems in use around the world.
You might be comfortable with an OS reference from a UK map, but how about going on holiday and finding that the local reference datum system is different?
For example, a brief list I got from the internet:

WGS 84, 72, 66 and 60 of the World Geodetic System
NAD83, the North American Datum which is very similar to WGS 84
NAD27, the older North American Datum, of which NAD83 was basically a readjustment
OSGB36 of the Ordnance Survey of Great Britain
ETRS89, the European Datum, related to ITRS
ED50, the older European Datum
GDA94, the Australian Datum
JGD2011, the Japanese Datum, adjusted for changes caused by 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami
Tokyo97, the older Japanese Datum
KGD2002, the Korean Datum
TWD67 and TWD97, different datum currently used in Taiwan.
BJS54 and XAS80, old geodetic datum used in China
GCJ-02 and BD-09, Chinese encrypted geodetic datum.
PZ-90.11, the current geodetic reference used by GLONASS
GTRF, the geodetic reference used by Galileo
CGCS2000, or CGS-2000, the geodetic reference used by BeiDou Navigation Satellite System
International Terrestrial Reference Frames (ITRF88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 96, 97, 2000, 2005, 2008, 2014), different realizations of the ITRS.

Imagine you're hiding out somewhere in a terrorist situation and can get a call to the emergency services. Far easier to say 3 words than annunciate a string of a dozen or so numbers....
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Re: "The three words that can save your life" - BBC

Post by Andyblue » Thu Aug 22, 2019 8:15 am

Interesting idea, will see how my Satnav works with it. Even if I have to make it a “point” to go to. Especially for bigger buildings or site , often get told to use a different postcode than what Satnav or their address gives.

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