what3words hires OpenStreetMap founder to expand in NA market

what3words hires OpenStreetMap founder to expand in NA market

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UK: what3words has hired Steve Coast, founder of OpenStreetMap, as the company’s Chief Evangelist. Through this appointment, what3words’ is planning to expand its market in North America. Denver, Colorado-based Coast has long been a stalwart of geospatial community, who has been encouraging growth, development and free distribution of geospatial data through its OpenStreetMap project since 2004. Driven by his commitment to solve the global issue of poor addressing, Coast brings a wealth of industry experience to his new role at what3words. “Addresses are the final piece of the puzzle when it comes to realizing the promises of the advances made in mapping and navigation. what3words has huge momentum and offers the only real solution to this global challenge. It’s a really clever system to overcome the many communication, standardization and accuracy challenges that have stifled global addressing initiatives in the past,” explains Coast. "The beauty of what3words is that any mapping interface can reap the benefits.” what3words is a location reference platform that helps everyone who needs to share or find a location, whether they are a tourist, a logistics company or a navigation system. Right now, the service platform is being used in over 170 countries by logistics firms, navigation apps, travel guides and NGOs. These include offline navigation giant Navmii, the United Nations disaster recovery app UN-ASIGN and Norway’s National Mapping website Norgeskart. As Chief Evangelist, Coast will help to strengthen existing relationships and explore new routes for partnerships in North America as what3words continues to grow its presence in the region. what3words is already being used by the likes of Tensing, Metcom911, BlueLight and Interra to keep skiers safe, coordinate emergency response units and manage public safety at the Super Bowl. “Steve got people to believe that there was an entirely new way to map the world – with OpenStreetMap he started a global movement,” says Chris Sheldrick, CEO and co-founder of what3words. “We are on a mission to change the way the world communicates location, making the world a more efficient, less frustrating and a safer place with 3 word addresses. Steve is a key part of making that happen." Source: what3words