Forget Lat long - use What3words instead


JackAllTog Plus
10 5.7k 58 United Kingdom
15 Aug 2019 12:00PM
If you find lat/long hard to remember then remembering 3 words may be easier
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-49319760
i'm "steps.rope.united" at the moment.

Could we use this to tag photo locations?

I do like how it helps clearly define which of two entrances we should meet up at for photo walks.



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Dave_Canon 13 1.6k United Kingdom
15 Aug 2019 12:31PM
Did not really understand this. For example I can see where my son and daughter are right now using "Find my friends". This uses the GPS locations and shows me on a map in detail. Now they have given permission so other cannot automatically track them. I can only assume that this new App allows other to track you? If so how secure is this? Can anyone track you or just the police? Is it something that you could switch on just when you are out hiking etc.


Dave
JackAllTog Plus
10 5.7k 58 United Kingdom
15 Aug 2019 1:15PM
True for people you know "Find my friends" is good for people you trust.

I could see amazon drone deliveries using this to drop your parcel in the back garden ( as long as the 10 foot square was clearly in just your garden).
Perhaps also drug dealers could announce mobile pickup points where they pause for 10 mins before moving to a new spot to evade police.

Perhaps other could use it to boast at difficult locations they got to to take a photo - - from the middle of a lake, ir on a roof etc.

Or dating apps helping strangers find each other in a crowded square without actually sharing phone numbers or "Find my friends" permissions.

Some fun locations might be https://map.what3words.com/imaginary.future.partner Russia
https://map.what3words.com/dads.life.boring House of Lords
https://map.what3words.com/forced.policy.lost Tower of london
SlowSong Plus
11 8.4k 30 England
15 Aug 2019 6:01PM
A link to this was posted from my local Neighbourhood Watch coordinator this morning. It also said that if you were lost in an unaccessible area without wifi you would need someone to run to a linked in area to be able to call for help and give the 3 words. It would seem to defeat the object if you need to be in a wifi area to be able to be found, 3 words or not, and have a companion.
Or did I misunderstand something?
Dave_Canon 13 1.6k United Kingdom
15 Aug 2019 6:57PM
I assume that the phone uses the GPS in conjunction with the App to give you the three words that describe your location. It could have provided a GPS 16 digit location this would be hard to remember and might be easily misheard etc. If your phone is a data phone with immediate access to the internet, you could call straightaway with the three words. However, if out of range or a non-data phone, someone would need to move into range to send the message. So if you are alone, injured and out-of-range, you will have to hope someone finds you.


I am not sure why this would be used to tag photos though as mine are already tagged with GPS co-ordinates and automatically show on a map in LR. Other software can also read the GPS from the meta data and show on a map.


Dave
SlowSong Plus
11 8.4k 30 England
15 Aug 2019 7:54PM

Quote: If your phone is a data phone with immediate access to the internet, you could call straightaway with the three words. However, if out of range or a non-data phone, someone would need to move into range to send the message. So if you are alone, injured and out-of-range, you will have to hope someone finds you

Ah, just as i thought. Tks for confirmation.


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