California State Parks Partners With what3words to Assist Lost or Stranded Visitors

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The what3words location of Borrego State Park, CA. Credit: California State Parks

California State Parks is excited to announce its partnership with innovative location technology, what3words. A new tool in the State Parks toolkit, what3words, provides dispatchers with state-of-the-art technology to assist visitors if they become lost, stranded, or otherwise need help from emergency services. Using this revolutionary technology, State Parks dispatchers can now pinpoint the precise locations of individuals who become lost with just three dictionary words, so that help can be sent quickly to exactly where it is needed.

what3words, integrated into RapidSOS dispatch, provides users a simple way to communicate precise locations. It has divided the world into a grid of 10 ft x 10 ft squares and given each square a unique combination of three words: a what3words address. This means every park bench, parking space, pitch on a campsite, and remote spot on a hiking trail has its own what3words address. For example, ///tools.melted.studs takes you to the exact entrance to Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park’s campground. The app is available in over 50 languages and is free to download for iOS and Android devices.

“Being able to locate a caller during an emergency is essential and the faster the location is confirmed, the faster help can be dispatched. what3words enables callers and dispatchers to communicate precise locations with just three words and quickly get the help they need.”

– California State Parks Director Armando Quintero

“From Garrapata on the Big Sur coast, to Bodie State Historic Park near the Sierra Nevada, California’s state parks offer some of the most stunning and varied landscapes on the planet, attracting explorers from across the globe. With every 10 ft square having its own what3words address it is simpler than ever to arrange meeting spots with your friends, save precise locations of epic viewpoints, remember the space you parked in, and in the event of an emergency – describe exactly where to send help.”

– what3words CMO Giles Rhys Jones

what3words already covers the entire globe, so you can easily discover addresses for all 280 California state parks in its system, including all parks and campgrounds on the internal and public GIS. In addition, the official CA State Parks app, OuterSpatial, now displays what3words addresses for over 8,000 POIs in the State Park System, including campsites, trailheads, and picnic areas. OuterSpatial is working with what3words to offer more ways to use precise, three-word addresses in the CA State Parks app, with updates due to be released later in the year.

what3words can also be used for non-emergencies, like giving friends and family directions to a specific campsite or sharing beautiful viewpoints. Communicating where to find key locations precisely can make navigating through the vast parks simple and stress-free, allowing visitors to make the best use of their time and enjoy the experience to the fullest.

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