Company Directory / What3words Limited

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Wikipedia: ...geocoding system for the communication of locations with a resolution of three metres. What3words encodes geographic coordinates into three dictionary words. For example, the Statue of Liberty is located at "planet.inches.most"

“what3words is a global addressing system. Each of the 57 trillion 3mx3m squares in the world has been pre-allocated a fixed & unique 3 word address.

Using words means non-technical people can find any location accurately and communicate it more quickly, more easily and with less ambiguity than any other system like street addresses, postcodes, latitude & longitude or mobile short-links.

…. in 9 languages: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Swahili, Russian, German, Turkish & Swedish. … and are currently working on Italian, Greek, Arabic and more.

The 3 word address in one language is not a translation of the 3 words used in a different language version and you can use the language you are most comfortable with.

The what3words system is fixed and it is impossible to change it. There is 100% certainty that all instances of the system running everywhere in the world will provide the same 3 word address for the same location.

One uniform word-based system for everyone eliminates the confusion caused by multiple conflicting numeric and alphanumeric codes.

Around 75% of the world (135 countries) suffers from inconsistent, complicated or inadequate addressing systems. …. 4 billion people are invisible; unable to report crime; unable to get deliveries or receive aid; and unable to exercise many of their rights as citizens because they simply have no way to communicate where they live.

….. everyone and everywhere now has an address.


Chris Sheldrick, CEO …worked in the music business for 10 years, booking bands and managing production for events around the globe. … frustrated with suppliers not finding site entrances, and bands not finding their way from the hotel to their gigs. He tried distributing addresses and GPS co-ordinates for years but both failed him on numerous occasions – he was certain there was a better way: what3words was born.

Jack Waley-Cohen, COO ….led the operations of translation company Lingo24 for 8 years: during that time he led its growth from 5 home-workers to 150+ staff on 4 continents.

Mohan Ganesalingam, Head of Research & Development ….. Trinity College, Cambridge. . Mohan co-designed the what3words system and wrote the subsequent what3words AutoSuggest algorithm.”

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Dewmead House

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Key Data

9537 Software
Company Number
Private Limited Company
Company Age
5 years
March 5, 2013
Nature of Business
62012 - Business and domestic software development
Year End
December 31
Accounts Due
September 30, 2019
Latest Accounts
December 31, 2017

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