posted on Sep, 5 2016 @ 01:04 AM
Having lived in Mongolia and traveled and worked with nomadic herders (as well has having lived and worked in other developing nations), this
absolutely blows me away! This would have made my life so much easier 15 years ago when I spent days on end driving across the Mongol steppes looking
for herding camps.
Many countries do not have well developed addressing systems. Mongolia is a perfect example of this, where half of the population is nomadic and
simply does not stay in one place year-round.
Mongolia will become a global pioneer next month, when its national post office starts referring to locations by a series of three-word phrases
instead of house numbers and street names...
Quartz at qz.com
This startup, called What3Words
, has divided the entire planet into 3m X 3m bits - 57 trillion of them - based
on longitude and latitude coordinates and has developed an algorithm that assigns each bit a unique three-word name. Apps are available for
smartphones that will allow anybody to do this. You get the name for your square on the grid, share it with anyone else (a visitor, someone sending a
letter, an emergency assistance team), and they find you.
Mongolia is a vast country with endless steppes. The nomads move about freely and there is no physically possible way for each family to be given a
fixed address. Winter and summer camps may be miles apart. This way, the address moves with the family and can be changed seasonally, but post,
visitors, doctors, etc. can find them if they can simply send a short text message.
Even in areas with well developed addressing systems, this could eliminate problems. Recently a friend ordered three items from Amazon for deliver to
a rural address. Two of the items arrived but the third was not delivered because they couldn't find the house address (where two other packages had
already been delivered). With this system, there'd be no excuse.
I don't often get excited about technology but this does flip my switch!
edit on 2016 9 05 by incoserv because: I could