Just for fun what do you think? http://what3words.com/

tomcycle

Past President DSBC 2004 -2018
Staff member
So JavaJude sent me this link http://what3words.com/ Its a very intuitive GPS location system

what3words is a universal addressing system, instead of a complicated gps set of coordinates you just need to know the 3 word location. give it a try

The DSBC Nubee Ride will be starting at " mildly.tractors.paves " Copy and paste this location into the search bar at https://map.what3words.com (of course skip the quotation marks)
I could also give you the gps coordinates 49.071736, -121.844059 but you will also need to know the coordinate format too which is deg/min/sec.

Thinking this might be fun to use.............

Check it out

Here is a quick video explaining the system and why
 

offworlder

Moderator
Very cool Tom, thanks for sharing.

"Around 75% of the world (135 countries) suffers from inconsistent, complicated or inadequate addressing systems.
This means that around 4 billion people are invisible; unable to report crime; unable to get deliveries or receive aid; and unable to exercise many of their rights as citizens because they simply have no way to communicate where they live.
For example, it means that in remote locations water facilities can’t be found, monitored and fixed; and schools, refugee camps and informal settlements remain unaddressed.
Even in countries with advanced address systems, people get lost, packages aren’t delivered, and businesses and tourist attractions don’t get found.
Poor addressing might seem no more than annoying in some countries, but around the world it hampers the growth and development of nations, ultimately costing lives."


 

Rustic

DSBC President / BCORMA Treasurer
Staff member
I use it already and think it is great for end point location addressing... now if they build it into an app that can route and plot while remaining offline.... GOLD
 

kenf

New member
For those of you (like me) that hate to have to watch a video to see what somebody is talking about: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/What3words

Interesting idea, basically the same reason we point our browsers at the URL www.dualsportbc.com rather than the IP address 108.179.237.15. The problem is, the words only have meaning if you have access to the lookup table that maps them back to a meaningful coordinate system. With websites this is fine, because obviously if I'm accessing a website then I have internet access, meaning I have access to the lookup table (DNS). With coordinates, how meaningful is this if I'm looking for a remote spot with a GPS with no internet access? Also with words instead of coordinates, there's no concept of "close" -- if my GPS accuracy is bad because I'm under heavy tree cover and I'm at "hotel.horse.chicken" but looking for "whale.car.pencil", am I at least in the right neighborhood?

Seems like a novel idea for replacing street addresses within cities, not such a great idea for off-grid areas.
 

MongolRider

New member
I use it already and think it is great for end point location addressing... now if they build it into an app that can route and plot while remaining offline.... GOLD

what3words is built into both Navmii and PocketEarth apps, and they allow you to route and plot while offline. Navmii is free to download too.
 
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