what3word Signs: What Are They and How Do They Work?

If you haven't heard of what3words, firstly, where an earth have you been and secondly, sit back and read this, because it could come in very useful.

What3words is a handy tool to give an exact location. When we say exact, we’re talking almost pinpoint locations, which are far more accurate than a simple road name or address.

Over the last few months, we’ve seen an increasing number of what3words location sign orders come into our bespoke sign workshop, so we’re taking a look to understand more about how what3words works and its uses in everyday life.

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How does What3Words work?

The whole of the UK and the world is split into 3-meter squares. Each 3-meter square has an associated 3-word address, for example ///indoor.myself.rather is the 3-meter square directly outside of the prime minister's home at number 10, Downing Street.

How are What3Words addresses used?

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What3words in the event of an emergency - Imagine this scenario, you’re out enjoying a hike in the picturesque Cotswold countryside when one of your hiking party falls over resulting in a serious injury. The first thing you might think to do is call an ambulance, but now you’ve got to guide them to your remote location. Ah, here you might have a problem. You might say you're a couple of miles north of the nearest village, or maybe near a large oak tree with a footpath sign near it, either way, it isn’t very clear. This is where what3words comes into its own, allowing you to give a 3-word address over the phone which is recognised by the UK emergency services, which will direct them to your exact location. It couldn’t be more straightforward and could result in crucial time saved for both the paramedics and the person in need of treatment. 

For business

What3words direct customers to your business - Whether you want to direct customers to your shop on a high street, or a specific stall on a large fair, what3words can help customers find you wherever you are. 

Finding people

What3words to find the other part of your group - A great example is being at a crowded music festival, or even at a popular beach with your family or friends in the height of Summer. Maybe your other half has gone to buy some drinks, when all of a sudden, they can’t remember where you’re situated on the beach. Surrounded by hundreds of mini umbrellas, tents, and beach towels, what3words makes it easy to find an exact spot, wherever you may be.

Locating places

What3words to mark a special place - Whether it’s the position of a proposal, where you first met your better half, or where you’ve hidden some buried treasure, what3words is often used to remember the most special moments we hold closest to our hearts. 

At The Bespoke Sign House, we love getting new what3words sign requests coming in every week which we send out all over the world. Whether you’re looking to help people find your shop, place a marker to help others in the event of an emergency, or remember a treasured moment, we love creating your bespoke what3words signs.

We are now excited to be officially featured within the what3words store, in an exciting step for The Bespoke Sign House to further be part of the what3words community and help bring people together, wherever they may be.

You can shop our range of what3words location signs on our what3words location signs on The Bespoke Sign House store. Need help with your what3words sign or have a question? Feel free to contact us using the button below and we will be happy to help!