Avenza Maps integrates what3words

to enhance the Offline Navigation Experience

Avenza Maps is a mobile mapping app and navigation tool that allows people to locate themselves on maps without an internet connection or network connectivity. Its extensive range of features is used by outdoor enthusiasts and adventure travelers who use digital maps on their smartphones and tablets. Avenza Maps is also widely used by professionals including forestry workers, wildland firefighters and search and rescue teams for location, to plot and to record placemarks, photos, and information.

Now that it has integrated what3words, Avenza Maps users around the world can use precise what3words addresses directly in the Avenza Maps app, making it even easier to explore new destinations and navigate the globe. The addition of what3words to the long list of available coordinate systems in the app will enable users to set accurate waypoints, plot their favorite points along hiking trails or cycling routes. Users can also easily identify their own location in extreme situations and report their precise location to potential rescuers, all using just three words.

what3words is a simpler way to talk about location. It has divided the world into 3m squares and given each a unique 3-word address. It is used by thousands of businesses in over 170 countries and by individuals to find and share precise locations, from specific building entrances to natural beauty spots or geographical landmarks – using just three words. supply.founders.outreach, for example, is the 3-word address for the front entrance to Avenza Systems’ head office in Midtown, Toronto.

“what3words is a revolutionary concept that makes location information simple and accessible to everyone without the need for knowledge of complicated co-ordinate systems, numbering, and terminology,” says Ted Florence, CEO of Avenza Systems, Inc. “Our vision for Avenza Maps has always been to make everything about using maps easier and integrating what3words does just that.”

For many people, GPS coordinates can be difficult to remember or communicate accurately without mistakes. Avenza Maps has integrated what3words so its users can input location data into the app using a simpler, more human-friendly format of just three dictionary words. what3words Autosuggest technology will also help them to spot input errors quickly, ensuring they get directions exactly where they want to go, the first time.

For outdoor enthusiasts and adventure seekers, Avenza Maps offline functionality with the new what3words feature provides an innovative way to discover remote spots in the wilderness, find unmarked roads, or share epic, off-grid camping spots that may previously have been hard to describe, share or navigate to with precision, all without the need for a data connection.

Chris Sheldrick, what3words CEO says - “Avenza Maps’ advanced offline GIS capabilities allow millions of people to do the things they love, and help organisations and emergency services to perform critical operations whilst out in the field. I’m very excited that what3words has been integrated into this indispensable tool. Following the rapid adoption of what3words by most UK emergency services, there’s enormous potential for our addressing system to be used within Avenza Maps to help international police, fire, ambulance and rescue teams, around the world, locate those in need faster - and save precious time, resources and lives, every day.”

Follow these simple steps to use what3words in Avenza Maps

Three word address on Avenza Maps

Enter a 3 word address to find it on the map

Know the location of a place on the map you’d like to visit? Enter the three word address in the app to center the map on that location. Drop a placemark and give it a label.

Get a 3 word address

Get the 3 word address for your current location

Find the 3 word address of where you are right now so can you can easily communicate it to others.

Find the 3 word address to any place on any map using What3words on Avenza Maps

Find the 3 word address of a place on the map

What’s the 3 word address of that hotel, the lookout at the top of that ridge, or that amazing fishing spot you found last year? Center it on the map to find out.

Navigate using what3words on Avenza Maps

Navigate to a 3 word address

Enter a 3 word address or choose a previously identified placemark and navigate to it with ‘distance from’ and ‘time to arrival’ estimates.


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About Avenza Maps

Avenza Maps is used by professionals on a daily basis for search and rescue, to support humanitarian efforts, to fight wildfires and industries operating in remote areas or where offline maps are a necessity. Avenza Maps is used to teach GIS principles and workflows in universities, and by a growing number of recreational users to navigate, and explore off the grid. The in-app Avenza Map Store has nearly 1 million maps available to download and use in the app.

Avenza Maps is developed by Avenza Systems, Inc. Headquartered in Toronto, Canada. Avenza Systems has been developing software for cartographers and GIS professionals for more than 25 years.

For more information visit avenzamaps.com.

About what3words

Find your what3words address here.

Co-founded in London in 2013 by Chris Sheldrick, what3words is the simplest way to talk about location. The system covers the entire world, never needs updating, and works offline. A what3words address is a human-friendly way to share very precise locations with other people, or to input them into platforms and machines such as autonomous cars or ecommerce checkouts. It is optimised for voice input and contains built-in error prevention to immediately identify and correct input mistakes.

The free what3words app, available for iOS and Android, and the online map enable people to find, share and navigate to what3words addresses in 38 languages to date. A what3words addresses in one language can be switched instantly into any other supported language, and even looked up in one language and shared in another.

what3words has a team of over 120 people, across offices in London, UK, San Francisco, USA, Johannesburg, ZA and Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. The company has raised over £45 million in capital from investors such as Intel, Aramex, Deutsche Bahn, SAIC and the Sony Investment Fund.