Woking, United Kingdom (PressExposure) January 17, 2012 -- Police forces across Great Britain are set to benefit from a new source of address data from the Ordnance Survey.
AddressBase Premium will see the amalgamation of local government data with the Ordnance Survey's existing products, plus addressing from the Royal Mail, the combination of which will see the Country's most accurate and definitive database of addresses ever created.
Increased accuracy and the higher level of detail will be a significant improvement on existing sources, which will not only ensure a greater ability to mobilise to incidents, but can be used throughout police systems from crime and intelligence, to case and custody.
Every record in AddressBase Premium will contain a Unique Property Reference Number (UPRN), which will be key to linking up systems. Whereas an address can have multiple spellings, there will only ever be one UPRN, which means correctly linking property related data will be made a lot simpler.
Analysis and intelligence will be much improved by having this 'golden thread' linking all current and historic data about a property, whilst the ability to provide officers on the ground with accurate information about past incidents or intelligence such as firearm licenses has the potential to save lives.
AddressBase Premium will also enable police forces to make considerable financial savings by moving from the use of multiple sources of address data down to just one. Many of these existing sources have to be paid for, and the management and updating of the data is duplicated across departments. AddressBase Premium will be freely available to police forces under the terms of the Public Sector Mapping Agreement (PSMA) and its use as a corporate resource will enable the redeployment of these currently duplicated workloads.
"We have been working with the police for almost five years in gazetteer and address management [http://www.aligned-assets.co.uk], and AddressBase Premium is the undoubtedly the most comprehensive database of addresses that's ever been made available," explained Dinesh Thanigasalam, Managing Director of Aligned Assets. "The combination of the UPRN, historic data, alternative names, non-postal addresses and the fact that each record has precise geographic coordinates is set to make it one the most important developments in policing for years."
For more information, visit http://www.aligned-assets.co.uk/addressbase