The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has organised a series of training sessions for rescuers in Donetsk, Luhansk and Zaporizhzhia oblasts in Ukraine on how to use the what3words location technology. The project involving dispatchers at emergency contact centres was implemented under the UN Recovery and Peacebuilding Programme, supported by the European Union.
Using the what3words application, available for iOS and Android or as an online map at what3words.com, the emergency services can precisely determine the location of an incident and quickly send rescuers.
The technology has divided the world into three metre squares and given each square a unique combination of three words: a what3words address. ///juggled.noises.scouts, for example, is a precise 3 metre square in Pushkin Park in Kramatorsk, Donetsk Oblast. The system works offline, making it ideal for use in areas with an unreliable data connection. What3words addresses cover the entire world and can be used in over 48 languages including Ukrainian.
The first real rescue operation in Ukraine involving the innovative location technology was a search for a truck driver who got his vehicle stuck in the sand on a remote, unmarked road near the town of Lyman, Donetsk Oblast. With no known landmarks in sight, the driver has provided the dispatcher with the ‘what3words’ location and got the assistance soon.
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