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Partner: Hexagon Geospatial integrates what3words into its Hexagon Smart M.App platform

The Hexagon Smart M.App revolutionises the idea of the map. It brings together dynamic information sources, spatial data and key business insights into an easy-to-use dashboard application. The cloud-based platform allows anyone to quickly prototype a specialised geospatial web application, to address their specific needs.

By design, Smart M.Apps transform geospatial data into information that can be understood by everyone, however technical their background. They want to make it more accessible to the growing numbers of people who use location-based data every day.

Much of the power of GIS lies in its location data accuracy. However, these human unfriendly or inaccurate reference systems make it difficult to share data, resulting in errors and inefficiencies.

what3words is a global addressing system with the accuracy of GPS coordinates and the simplicity of words. Each address is made up of a unique combination of just 3 dictionary words, which identifies a specific 3m x 3m square, anywhere on the planet.

It’s more accurate than a postal address and easier to remember, use and share than coordinates. Better addressing improves the customer experience, delivers business efficiencies, drives growth and helps the social and economic development of countries.

what3words is used in over 170 countries around the world. It features in geospatial portals to support asset management, in tourism, urban and rural planning, and emergency service delivery. GIS uses of what3words include the tourist map of Ulaanbaatar, the United Nations disaster reporting app, and asset management for emergency services.

From apps for tourism to navigation and route planning, Smart M.Apps can now be customised, using what3words for both search and display of 3 word addresses. Adding a what3words search to a Smart M.App is a simple as including a JavaScript snippet to the Smart M.App and publishing.

In the Hexagon Smart M.App platform, 3 word addresses can be easily displayed for any coordinate in any dataset, or entered in the search bar to locate a specific point on a map. On mobile devices, the Smart M.Apps Where Am I? feature can also show the 3 word address for any current location.

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Hexagon Smart M.Apps have a wide variety of uses. From locating endangered wildlife and Smart Agriculture applications to empowering governments to monitor emissions and build Smart Cities, Hexagon Smart M.Apps are changing the way we visualise, consume, and interpret geospatial data.

To start building your own Smart M.App using what3words, visit their site. Or to find out more about using what3words in GIS, go to what3words.com/GIS.

Find out more about using 3 word addresses for location data software