WESCOM adopts new location-finding app

By on Tuesday, March 22nd, 2022 in Columbia Basin News More Top Stories

WALLA WALLA – Walla Walla Emergency Services Communications, more commonly known as dispatch, has partnered with a global address system called what3words, which helps users pinpoint their location anywhere in the world. In an emergency, 911 callers can quickly give dispatchers their what3words address.

What3words is an easy way to refer to a specific place. Every 10-foot square on the globe has been assigned a unique combination of three words, forming a what3words address.

The what3words app is available for iOS and Android. People who do not have the app installed can visit https://what3words.com in a mobile browser and read the three words on their screen. Location services must be turned on for this to work properly. WESCOM is encouraging everyone in the Walla Walla Valley to learn their what3words address by downloading the app.

The app works offline, making it especially useful in remote areas that might have a poor internet connection. All the app requires to display your what3words address is a GPS signal.