A quick guide to a processed address
Posted by Dom K on Wednesday, May 04, 2016 - 17:59
The address processing engine that powers our cloud holds one of the biggest collections of address verification and geocoding data in the World. It's our goal to give businesses affordable and easy access to validation and capture tools so they can be quickly and seamlessly integrated into both new and existing applications.
What's in our address
Whether you utilize our verification or capture technology, the result is a data object containing a wide range of address and process-related fields:
- Process and report fields. These include diagnostic information such as an Address Verification Code (AVC), Address Quality Index (AQI) score, and a MatchRuleLabel. These provide important information about the quality and status of the data before and after processing.
- Address components. These are the individual building blocks of an address and useful for users requiring a standardized (or parsed) result. The field names we've chosen provide a universal fit for any country.
- Compound fields. These arrange the address components into a format or schema guided by the postal authority of the respective country.
- Add-on product fields. This includes a digital latitude and longitude for +geocodelocation, and country specific delivery fields for our +certifylocation add-on.
More information about our report codes and output fields can be found in in our API documentation.
A verified, enhanced address has many uses
The address object you get back has been designed to enable and improve many customer and business processes.
- Correct address formatting brings efficiency and accuracy to traditional postal and fulfilment services, therefore reducing the number of returned packages, and improving receiver satisfaction.
- If a customer or operator is using a point-of-entry system, a verified address object provides both structural consistency and added assurance that the data is valid for the next process in the application or workflow.
- Individual address components provide a wealth of analytical uses, including correlating field specific data such as city or postcode when assessing new risks and opportunities.
- Component fields are also important for data quality, particularly when data from various sources, countries, and native character scripts come together into a single customer database.
- Enhancements such as geocoding enables geo-spatial intelligence, a useful and sometimes critical function in risk analysis for insurance.
- Where applicable, certified delivery information can provide discounts for bulk mailings.