The gang at what3words have shared with us that despite the new venues, and Brazil’s notoriously poor addressing system, the 10,500 athletes,7.5 million ticket holders and 140,000 logistics workers don’t have to get lost across the 32 venues situated around the city. what3word’s unique 3 word addressing system has been integrated into numerous mapping and navigation services, from the award-winning RioGo app (which won the Rio Olympics Transport Challenge) to Navmii, the biggest offline satnav app in the world.
How it works…
what3words is an address system based on a global grid of 57 trillion 3mx3m squares, where each square has a unique pre-assigned 3-word address. This makes it easy to both pinpoint an address and communicate it – in whichever of its nine different languages travelers prefer, including Brazil’s national tongue Portuguese. The solution helps everyone who needs to find or share a location – whether they are navigation apps, emergency services, logistics firms, travel guides or NGOs.
For example, specifying exactly where to meet, or where to go in a pop-up venue like the Olympic park can be difficult. For example, there are 4 entrances to the Aquatic stadium: expired.stud.cucumber, carbon.padding.puddles, ducks.hillside.frocks and saying.rosette.slogged.
Meeting friends or family in the Olympic Park is easy – meeting at forgiven.milder.dragon (the handball entrance in the Future Arena). If medical attention is needed, tourists can navigate offline to the Jacarepagua Pharmacy is athint.laws.squares, while the Victoria Hospital is at reheat.admit.take