Ok so I often say in this blog “we live in exciting times”. GIS is coming out of the shadows. Innovation is taking off. New thinkers are bringing fascinating ideas forward.
I became very interested in work being done by a UK based company called what3words. After meeting Chris Sheldrick the co-founder, we thought it worth spending time looking at their technology and ways to integrate it with ArcGIS.
What is what3words?
what3words have created a universal addressing system. They have broken the world into 3m squares and given each square a 3 word address. So for example index.home.raft is an address in London.
How is that useful?
Its first easy to communicate. Second it provides an address for places with no address.
Why did that interest a GIS company like WebMapSolutions?
We have done much work with mobile and particularly offline. So working with maps and GIS on a mobile device when disconnected (or poorly connected) from the Internet. Having a universal addressing system which works offline intrigued us. Imagine using your smartphone during a disaster to view maps and find addresses without the need for an Internet connection. The possibilities are endless.
ArcGIS-what3words Mobile Offline Demo
So what next?
A good question. This is a very new approach. For us this was a proof of concept. More tweaks will be needed, and a more robust demo built. But we see this as a wonderful integration of two innovative solutions, ArcGIS and what3words, which has some exciting possibilities to solve real world problems.
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