SA emergency service adopts three-word addressing

September 8th, 2019, Published in Articles: PositionIT

ER24 has adopted What3words to enable faster response times in emergecies. Using the three-word address in an emergency gives callers a simple way to describe precisely where they need help, and allows ER24 to get straight to the scene. The three-word addressing systems divides the world into 3 m squares and given each square a unique three word address. The app is free to download for both iOS and Android, or by browser, and works offline. The address format is available in 36 languages including isiZulu, Afrikaans and isiXhosa. Identifying precisely where help is needed is critical in an emergency. This can be near impossible in an area with no address or where an address is not good enough to describe exactly where you are. What3words will help ER24 locate people where physical addresses are not always possible, and offers patients one more way to share their location. What3words began operating in South Africa in 2017, and is accepted across a number of platforms including the iStore, the Automobile Association of South Africa, Zulzi and The Platter’s Wine Guide.

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