A woman crashed her car in rural England after she was forced off the road by another driver. She was unable to communicate with her first responders about her location as she was not familiar with the area.
Accidents don’t come invited and can happen to anyone at any point in time. It is imperative to identify where help is needed in case of any unforeseen situation. This can be even more tedious if the mishap occurs in an area that might be unknown to a person. To deal with such situations, the UK’s emergency services have now enhanced the abilities to track down people in case of an emergency. What3words will help the cops, firefighters, ambulances and other rescue services to respond to situations more effectively and efficiently.
What3words has apparently segregated the world into 3m x 3m squares and has set each one a unique 3 word address – this would allow users to describe their location with greater precision and can be particularly effective for emergencies in rural locations like farms, beaches, coastline or moorland – but also in cities where the person in distress might not be familiar with his/her surroundings, or able to share a location with accuracy.
This application has been rolled on a pilot project and is into its training period so that responders and supervisors are ready to use 3 letters addresses as effectively as possible. This project is being conducted along with Bedfordshire Police, Cambridgeshire Constabulary and Hertfordshire Constabulary as of now.
The application is free to download on both iOS and Android platforms, or by browser, and it also works offline. Thus, making it ideal for use in areas with an unpredictable internet connection. The three-word address format is also consistent around the world and is available in 26 languages.
This tool can be highly effective for emergencies in farms, beaches, and coastlines where it can be more intricate, indefinite and problematic to communicate exact locations without any addresses or points of reference nearby. Even for that matter in a renowned town or city, a person in distress might not be familiar with his/her surroundings, or able to share a location with accuracy.
What3words is continuously working with emergency services across UK to get the application installed in their control rooms and to motivate the people to understand how to find and share their 3-word address so that they can be found quickly when they need it most.
Today, almost everyone carries a phone with them. The time has come for us to use the tools that are accessible at our disposal to not only improve public services but to also potentially save the lives of the people in distress.