App is a potential lifesaver

Thanks to subscriber David Bryan for writing in to suggest readers might like to know about a new phone app that could help shooters summon help in remote areas.

It’s called What3Words, and can be installed on iOS and Android devices through the relevant app store. You can then identify your location anywhere in the world with a code consisting of three words.

Each three-word code is unique to a 3m x 3m square. The patio at the EJ Churchill Shooting Ground clubhouse, for instance, is ///melons.nurtures.parent.

That’s the central part of the patio, mind – that patio actually covers 16 separate squares, so you could specify which umbrella you’re sitting under if you needed to meet up with friends, for example.

The app could be a lifesaver in a more serious situation, such as a shooter or ground staff being injured on a remote part of a shooting ground. 

What3Words is rapidly being adopted by UK emergency services, and works with your phone’s GPS even where there is no phone signal. So you could, for example, check the three-word reference then go for help, knowing that you could direct rescuers to the precise spot.

You can find out more at www.what3words.com, or search ‘what 3 words’ on your phone’s app store.

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