Ivory Coast has a revolutionary new system of postal addresses that just three words. It that for the first time ever, everyone in the country will able to receive mail to their house or office. Up until now, people to rely on post office boxes. There were only 150,000 of these nationwide and people had to them, which poorer people found it difficult to mail. The head of Ivory Coast's post office told the BBC: "We have 150,000 PO boxes for a population of nearly 24 million. That means a postal address is a luxury in Ivory Coast. We have to postal access available to everyone." He said the three-word addresses would Ivory Coast into the digital age.
The Ivory Coast's new postal system based on the what3words.com geo-mapping system. Its software has the world into a grid of 57 trillion 3m x 3m squares, each a unique 3-word address. The software latitude and longitude coordinates to precisely a location on a global address network. The 22 numbers from these coordinates are into three easy to words that house numbers, street and city names and zip codes. A what3words.com spokesperson said: "Poor addressing might no more than annoying in some countries, but around the world, it the growth and development of nations, ultimately costing lives.