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Industry Uses

Click on the uses below to learn how what3words with ArcGIS is the perfect solution for numerous industries.

Asset Management

Locating multiple and dispersed assets is vital to maintain operational efficiency, safety and profitability.

Emergency Response & Disaster Management

Communicating location is key when responding to emergencies or natural, environmental or humanitarian disasters.

Insurance

Location is a key factor in determining risk of fire, flood, storm, and other extreme environmental events.

Census & Surveys

Location is a key part of any census, data collection project or survey.

Humanitarian & Development

Location management is key to the delivery of effective humanitarian or development services.

Land Administration

The ability to communicate precise location underpins all land administration functions.

The Benefits

Ready to go

The world’s 3 word addresses are pre-assigned, and can be used instantly and cost effectively.

Words beat numbers

3 words are significantly more memorable than the equivalent alphanumeric characters or lat/long coordinates required to define the same location, and much quicker and easier to say.

Uniformity

One uniform word-based system for everyone eliminates the confusion caused by conflicting numeric and alphanumeric codes.

Offline

It functions without a data connection. This solves a perpetual constraint when in remote and unaddressed locations, or in areas with poor connectivity.

Empowerment

Words in a local language will provide unaddressed communities with a voice to communicate their needs.

Multiple Languages

what3words is currently available in most of the official UN languages, as well as several others. It can also be functional in languages such as Hausa, Swahili or Vietnamese.

Universal

It’s a small piece of code that works across platforms and devices and works alongside existing geo systems and devices.

Validation

The 3 word addresses have been pre-assigned in a very specific way so as to offer a built-in validation system to correct input errors.

Asset Management

Uniquely identifying and quickly locating multiple and dispersed assets is vital to maintain operational efficiency.

what3words can help the management of assets including mobile operator cell towers, utility poles, transformers, junction boxes, municipality street lamps, drains & road signs.

Census & Surveys

what3words offers a simple location reference to aid census taking, data collection and surveys in both developing and developed markets:

Emergency Response & Disaster Management

Communicating location is key when responding to emergencies such as traffic accidents, fires, plane crashes or natural, environmental or humanitarian disasters. Lives are lost and aid significantly delayed due to the inability to communicate precise locations.

National grid references or latitude/longitude coordinates are too hard for most people to understand and use, especially in a high stress situation. Street address coverage is not universal, inaccurate and can often only be specific to village/town level. what3words can transform emergency services’ ability to respond with one global, simple system for regular people and GIS professionals alike.

Humanitarian & Development applications

Location management is key to the delivery of effective humanitarian or development services.

Knowledge about the precise location of facilities, hazards, resources and boundaries is essential to the delivery of life sustaining support systems for humanitarian field operations, especially in environments that are challenging and unaddressed.

Often the greatest need is in areas with little or no infrastructure and so no place names, streets, landmarks or features that can help to locate people.

Alphanumeric codes are complex and varied, and there is limited alignment in operational use between countries, companies or agencies.

This means that data collection, the communication of that data and general on-the-ground response all suffer. The use of 3 word addresses makes things far simpler for everyone.

Insurance

Location is a key factor in determining risk of fire, flood, storm, and other extreme environmental events, and therefore in calculating customers’ premiums. To date, premiums are often calculated from a geographical approximation based on the best known location reference rather than precise data.

Land Administration

The ability to communicate precise location underpins many key land administration functions.