Croydon, UK, August 23, 2007: Using an advanced gazetteer management solution from GGP Systems Blackpool Council is one of the first in the country to adopt the new National Land and Property Gazetteer (NLPG): 2006 BS7666 standard. GGP’s NGz software, one of only two systems accredited to the new standard, has enabled Blackpool to create and maintain a centralised address database revolutionising the delivery of services to residents. Using NGz as part of their integrated ICT infrastructure the Council has already saved a considerable amount through the consolidation of disparate datasets and it is hoped that early migration to the new standard will deliver additional benefits to the Council.
The NGz ‘gazetteer management software’ from GGP Systems manages a centralised address listing of all properties, streets and land. Created by combining seven key datasets and used by every department within the authority Blackpool’s NLPG database is dynamically linked to a number of systems including the Council’s corporate geographical information system (GIS) from GGP, their Lagan CRM system used by their Customer First Advisors and the Council’s online mapping tool powered by eGGP.
“The new data standard will hopefully enable us to build on the success and rewards already achieved,” said Philip Baron, Head of ICT Services. He continued, “the capacity to hold detailed building classifications and organisation names should increase the use of the address data. I can easily envisage a number of new applications within the Council as well as further take up of this data by third parties, such as the Emergency Services. One example that springs to mind is the evacuation of residents in the event of a flood incident; using the new classifications and organisation names we could prioritise nursing homes and community care facilities targeting resources where they are needed most.”