A global addressing system has today announces the launch of a Welsh language version to support the Welsh emergency services.
what3words has divided the entire world into 3m squares and given each square a simple and unique label made of three words: a what3words address. Anyone can find, share and navigate to what3words addresses using the free what3words app or online map at what3words.com.
The company said the technology would improve response times, as well as potentially help thousands of Welsh businesses, and hundreds of thousands of Welsh-speaking people.
Chris Sheldrick, Co-founder and CEO of what3words said: “The Welsh coastline and the valleys and mountains of its national parks are famed for their rural beauty and are popular visitor destinations, particularly for outdoor activities that are off the beaten track.
“But these locations can be hard to find and their Welsh street addresses can be difficult to communicate for non-Welsh speakers, particularly during an emergency. It’s fantastic to see how what3words is helping the Welsh emergency services and we’ve now developed a Welsh language version to make it even more useful for Welsh speakers.”
The Welsh language What3Words addresses of some Welsh landmarks:
- Caernarfon Castle – adeiladau.tripiau.mwyaren
The Senedd – dreigiau.blodyn.lwmpyn
The National Stadium – tyndra.hyfryd.amlen
Bangor University – ysgwyddau.ymddiried.olympaidd
Snowdon’s peak – synnu.mebyd-myfyriwn
what3words worked with a team of 45 Welsh language consultants from institutions including the Welsh Language Digital Media Specialist at the Welsh Government, National Library of Wales and the Language Technologies Unit at Bangor University in order to create what3words addresses in Welsh for the entire world.
The launch comes as Wales becomes the first country in the world to reach the milestone of 100% of police, ambulance and fire and rescue services* using the technology to respond to 999 callers who provide their what3words address.
In an emergency where a location is difficult to describe, such as a remote hiking trail or country lane, call handlers can ask for the what3words address of the caller’s location, and dispatch help to that precise 3m square.
Along with businesses and emergency services, Neath Port Talbot Council is one of the first local authorities in the UK to use the technology to help residents accurately report the location of incidents such as fly-tipping, potholes or fallen trees.
The app is free to download and works offline, making it ideal for use in rural areas with an unreliable data connection or for discovering places that are far from the beaten track.