[OSM-talk] sending location from a smart phone.

stevea steveaOSM at softworkers.com
Sun Aug 18 02:06:13 UTC 2019

John's on the path here:  let's eliminate a potential cut-and-paste (or remember "too many digits" step).  If there isn't an app (Android, iOS...) for "tap this button to ask the GPS to put my lat-lon into a (decimal) text string and prompt me for the phone # of an SMS that sends it (with my return phone #, of course)" there should be.  It wouldn't be terribly difficult or lengthy to write, imo.

Lat-lon (decimal emerges as unambiguous) continues to be "we all have the (open) tech to know exactly where this is" depending on how many decimal points of precision.  (W3W?  Seems like BBC shilling for that particular proprietary method, there are any number of such coordinates system out there).

Anybody know examples of such an app that goes straight from GPS lat-lon text to SMS?

> On Aug 17, 2019, at 6:22 PM, John Whelan <jwhelan0112 at gmail.com> wrote:
> Apparently some Fire brigades ask people who are lost on moors etc to download What3words then tell them their location.
> Isn't there a simpler way?  Perhaps to get a text message sent with the long and lat?
> ref 
> https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-49319760
> Thanks John
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