AddressBase

The AddressBase range of addressing products are the largest, most accurate and comprehensive address datasets available in the United Kingdom.

Overview

Overview

The AddressBase range of addressing products are the largest, most accurate and comprehensive address datasets available in the United Kingdom.

They are made through the blending of three existing datasets – local government’s NLPG (National Land and Property Gazetteer), Ordnance Survey’s OS MasterMap® Address Layer 2 and the Royal Mail’s PAF (Postcode Address File). Together, these are known as the National Address Gazetteer and it is from this that each of the products are derived.

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Containing in excess of 40 million address records, the AddressBase products ensure that neither the public nor private sector will have to choose between competing addressing products. In many instances it significantly reduces licensing costs to those organisations who currently have to license more than one.

The AddressBase products are available to the public sector under the PSMA (Public Sector Mapping Agreement), which will include signatories of both the MSA (Mapping Services Agreement) and the PGA (Pan-Government Agreement).

Within the private sector, the AddressBase products will be available under a commercial license, which means businesses both large and small will be able to use the AddressBase products for their own internal and external use.

What this means is that for the first time, all public and private sector bodies have the option to reference the same data. By reducing errors and duplications, money and time will be saved, ultimately producing a better service for the taxpayer and consumer.

The Products

The Products

There are 3 different versions of the AddressBase dataset – AddressBase Premium, AddressBase Plus and AddressBase. All three are derived from the same source and contain the UPRN and geographical coordinates to enable the data to be used within a GIS. Each version is updated every 6 weeks.

The main difference between the 3 versions is the level of detailed contained within each one:

  • AddressBase Premium – is the most detailed of the product range, AddressBase Premium provides a complete view of an address or property, including its full lifecycle from creation to retirement.
  • AddressBase Plus – Offers a complete picture of all current properties and addresses, AddressBase Plus is structured in a flat file model and includes objects without a postal address.
  • AddressBase – Extends the Royal Mail’s PAF database with UPRN’s and geographical co-ordinates.

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AddressBase Premium

As the most detailed of the product range, AddressBase Premium provides a complete view of an address or property, including its full lifecycle from creation to retirement.

AddressBase Premium contains all current addresses, alternative addresses, provisional properties and even historic property information where available.

With an unprecedented level of detail, AddressBase Premium is most suited to the emergency services for whom this level of detail is essential, but also for the utility and telecom companies who will benefit greatly from the pre-build, provisional addressing information.

AddressBase Plus

Offering a complete picture of all current properties and addresses, AddressBase Plus is structured in a flat file model and includes objects without a postal address.

With subdivided properties included, plus locations such as community centres and places of worship, AddressBase Plus is ideally suited for anyone needing every address in the country.

As the source of addressing to be used in CRMs or for local authorities needing ‘out of area’ data, AddressBase Plus is ideal for those organisations that need to know what the situation is in the here and now.

AddressBase

AddressBase is the ultimate postal address database, extending the Royal Mail’s PAF, with UPRNs and geographical coordinates.

It contains 25.2 million commercial and residential addresses for England and Wales, and with the UPRN allowing for systems to be linked, it’s much more than just a way of ensuring the post arrives on time.

AddressBase Premium AddressBase Plus AddressBase
UPRN
Royal Mail Postcode Address File
Ordnance Survey Coordinates to place address on a map
References to OS MasterMap Address TOID
4 Levels of Classification Primary Level of Classification
Feature lifecycle dates
Local Authority Addresses
Non postal addresses
Local Authority Streets
Parent/Child Relationships
Alternative Addresses
Provisional Addresses
Historical Addresses

Who Can Benefit?

Who Can Benefit?

Almost anyone can benefit from the AddressBase products. Large or small, private or public, any process that contains an address component will benefit from the more accurate, the more detailed and the more comprehensive nature of the AddressBase products.

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Below is a list of the sort of organisations and industries that can benefit from AddressBase Data:

  • The NHS
  • Utility Companies
  • Banks
  • Insurance Companies
  • Police Forces
  • Fire & Rescue Services
  • Ambulance Services
  • Central Government Departments
  • Local Authorities
  • Housing Associations
  • Telecoms Companies
  • Retailers
  • CRM Suppliers
  • National Parks
  • Direct Marketing
This is by no means a comprehensive list. Any process that includes an Address component can benefit from the AddressBase Products.
Software Solutions

Software Solutions

Although the AddressBase products are available direct from the Ordnance Survey they do not come with software to make them accessible nor services to make them understandable.

Aligned Assets have been ahead of the curve in providing both software and services to help organisations across the UK see real return on their AddressBase investment.

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SinglePoint AddressBase
SinglePoint gives sub-second access to AddressBase via web services, giving an entire organisation access to the most consistently accurate and up to date address data.

iMatch AddressBase
iMatch allows you to match all your other data to AddressBase thereby tagging it with the UPRN and geographic coordinates.

iExchange AddressBase
iExchange enables you to sychronise all your departmental address data by automating the updates of back office systems with the latest versions of AddressBase

Bluelight AddressBase
Symphony Bluelight Gazetteer is a corporate gazetteer management systems designed and built specifically for use in the emergency services and the private sector.

White Labelling

White Labelling

The AddressBase products are the highest quality addressing products available, so the ability to offer your software as ‘AddressBase Compatible’ is going to have clear advantages. However, the AddressBase products are also among some of the most complicated, which could mean you need to plough vast resources into changing your software in order to achieve this compatibilty.

All of our Software here at Aligned Assets is designed to be AddressBase comptatible and are also designed to integrate with 3rd party systems. We offer them with a white label facility to enable other software providers to use them as part of their systems, without having to plough funds into the development of new software.

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Examples where white labelling Aligned Assets software can help:

  • Emergency Command & Control and Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD)
  • Patient Administration Systems (PAS) in NHS Hospitals
  • Customer Relationship Management Systems (CRMs)
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Social Services & Education Systems
  • Box Office/Ticketing Systems
  • …any system that contains an address component
The UPRN

The UPRN

UPRN is an acronym for Unique Property Reference Number and is a unique twelve digit number assigned to every unit of land and property recorded by local government, who have a statutory obligation to record all changes in property details, including all new builds.

Each record, across all three AddressBase products, contains a UPRN.

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Every property in Great Britain has a UPRN and because they are distributed centrally, once used, that UPRN can never be repeated, which ensures the consistent accuracy of address data.

Each record, across all three AddressBase products, contains a UPRN.

There are many reasons why your organisation needs UPRNs, but chief among them is the ability to uniquely identify properties and therefore remove the possibility of error. There are many ways to spell an address, but only ever one UPRN

We live in an information age and huge swathes of that information will be linked to a property. With a UPRN attributed to each property, you will have a method through which to quickly, easily and accurately associate and cross reference all information.

But what are the benefits of the UPRN?

  • Ensures that customer details are recorded against the correct property
  • Provides a comprehensive method of cross referencing
  • Ensures that the correct information about a location is accurately retrieved
  • Affords a higher level of confidence in your data
  • Allows for better interdepartmental working
  • Aids in strategic planning through consistent working
  • Cuts down on the number of errors caused by duplicate records
  • Allows for joined up working and the sharing of data across different organisations
  • Helps to identify all premises where services are provided
  • Provides better asset management through more cohesive tracking
All of our solutions are geared towards using the UPRN as a property identifier, and adopting the UPRN as the golden thread that passes through and unites your data will be beneficial to your users and your organisation.
How Can I Get AddressBase?

How Can I Get AddressBase?

Anyone can access and use the AddressBase products, but how you pay for it is entirely dependant on whether you work in the public sector or the private sector.

The AddressBase products are available to everyone who is a member of the PSMA (Public Sector Mapping Agreement). For everyone else, the AddressBase Products can be licensed from Aligned Assets or the Ordnance Survey.

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For those in the public sector there is the Public Sector Mapping Agreement (PSMA), which in essence means that the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has paid for you to be able to use the data.

In order to get copies of AddressBase and many of the Ordnance Survey mapping products available via the PSMA, a public sector body must become a signatory. It is possible to sign up for the PSMA from the Ordnance Survey website.

For the private sector, the AddressBase products need to be licensed from either Aligned Assets or the Ordnance Survey.

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If you’ve got a question about the AddressBase products or would like to make an enquiry about licensing the products, contact us using the form in the Find Out More Section below.

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