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what3words adresses for Wialon

Topic: what3words adresses for Wialon

Hi Gurtam folks,

In our markets (West Africa) we have a huge challenge with physical adresses which generally are non-existent or highly inaccurate.
A couple of customers brought a solution to our attention: what3words (http://what3words.com/about/). We would suggest to Wialon to add it as another adress source besides Here, Yandex and Visicom.

what3words is a unique combination of 3 words that identifies a 3mx3m square, anywhere on the planet.
For example Gurtam's HQ in Minsk adress is:
- physical: 79 Pritytskogo st., Minsk, Belarus
- GPS: 53.905764, 27.456979
- what3words: vocally.daily.gadgets

Besides english, this system is available in other languages (french, russian, spanish, portuguese, swahili, turkish etc.). So it could be used by Wialon partners across the world wherever there is an issue with physical adresses (non-existent/inaccurate). It is also usefull in situations where physical adresses aren't sufficient enough (ex: delivery must be done at a precise location in a huge park)

This system has started getting some traction (for example last week they signed a partnership with express delivery company Aramex). Among the things that makes this adress system very attractive are the fact that 3 words are easy to remember for end users and also that anyone who has a smartphone with a gps chip can get his what3words adress even if he doesn't have an internet connection on his smartphone. This is a huge plus in our markets where internet is still expensive (1GB mobile data costs between 10 to 20 usd).

What do you guys think? smile

Cheers!

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what3words adresses for Wialon

Re: what3words adresses for Wialon

That's an interesting idea. But first, we need to explore their API to estimate integration possibilities.
We'll come back to you we it's done.

Katerina Alexandrova
Product Manager (Hecterra)
Gurtam
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Re: what3words adresses for Wialon

Hi,

Thank you for the feedback. Happy to hear you are evaluating this feature on a technical point of view.
In case you now have a time to market estimate could you please share with us if we are talking of a couple of weeks or months ?

I am asking this because in the competitive sector that gps tracking now is, we always need to provide better solutions for our customers asap. Therefore we are currently using a workaround which allows our Wialon Logistics customers to use what3words adresses, but this workaround requires entering adresses manually as geofences. Of course this is really not a good idea on a technical point of view, but at least it works for now.

Hence, it would help us to have a time to market estimation for your integration with what3words adress system.

Thanks for your support. Always.

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Re: what3words adresses for Wialon

kamouni, we are talking about September or October. But at the moment, we are integrating what3words into main Wialon interface, not into Wialon Logistics.

Katerina Alexandrova
Product Manager (Hecterra)
Gurtam
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what3words adresses for Wialon

Re: what3words adresses for Wialon

Hi Alek,

Could you please elaborate on the difference between :
- integration in main Wialon interface
- integration in Wialon Logistics?

If I understand well, we will not be able to enter a what3words adress in a Logistics order form (as we can now enter a physical adress which uses Gurtam's adress system).
What will we be able to do (in main Wialon and in Logistics) ?

Thanks

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what3words adresses for Wialon

Re: what3words adresses for Wialon

By "main Wialon interface", we mean full web version of our tracking system — hosting.wialon.com
By "Wialon Logistics", we mean the additional app, which can be connected to the system  — logistics.wialon.com
These are two different products.

At the moment, we're integrating what3words into main Wialon interface, into the Address tool.
By the way, creating geofences with the help of the Address tool is much faster.
Maybe later, the feature will get into Wialon Logistics, too.

Katerina Alexandrova
Product Manager (Hecterra)
Gurtam
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Re: what3words adresses for Wialon

Dear partners,

We're happy to announce that What3words service has been integrated with Wialon and is already available for testing in beta-thread (dev.hosting.wialon.com).

http://blog.gurtam.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/what3.png

What3words service is now available in Address and Routing tools for more precise route points generation from addresses.

Test and leave your feedback!

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Re: what3words adresses for Wialon

This is great news. Thanks a lot.
As w3w integration is currently done in english, when do you expect launching it in french ?

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what3words adresses for Wialon

Re: what3words adresses for Wialon

kamouni, French is already there.

Katerina Alexandrova
Product Manager (Hecterra)
Gurtam
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what3words adresses for Wialon

Re: what3words adresses for Wialon

Hi guys,

I know this post is old, but is there a way to have this working on the Logistics App? The same way that we can use Address or Lat, Lon (Coordinates) It would be great if orders could be submitted with What3Words as well.

Let me know if this is possible or if there are any workarounds.