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Ordnance Survey to provide greater choice in spatial addressing across Great Britain

UK, 28 February 2007 – Customers of Ordnance Survey’s nationally consistent spatial address infrastructure can now select the specific geographic areas they need with far greater precision.

Housing associations, the utilities industry and public-sector organisations are among those who will benefit from the new ability to define their area of interest to the hectare (1% of a sq. km) This new service is in addition to the existing km2 service for customers of the OS MasterMap Address Layer and OS MasterMap Address Layer 2 products.

“Being able to better define the area of interest has already seen some quotes being reduced by 25%, which is great news for our customers,” said Cara Reed, Senior Product Manager at Ordnance Survey.

“This will enable more customers to access the value of consistent and authoritative address information for England, Scotland and Wales, and provides a solution for customers who want to get comprehensive and accurate address information for small areas at the right price.”

Cara continued: “OS MasterMap Address Layer 2 has seen significant take up in the utilities sector. Most recently, we’ve signed an agreement with both Wessex Water and Bristol Water for OS MasterMap Address Layer 2 to support their revenue capture, asset management and customer services.”

OS MasterMap Address Layer provides the precise locations for more than 27 million residential and commercial properties in Great Britain – the most accurate and up-to-date link between any property address and its location on the map. The data is validated by over 300 surveyors to published quality standards, so that Ordnance Survey customers know that they’re using the best information available.

With approaching 29 million records, OS MasterMap Address Layer 2 builds on the success of Address Layer with many more features. These include descriptions for each address, such as residential or retail; building name aliases; geographical addresses; objects without a postal address, such as churches and community centres; and multiple occupancy properties, including flats and halls of residence. Plus Ordnance Survey provides a free cross-reference table, enabling customers to join up addresses across different datasets, including Royal Mail’s Postcode Address File (PAF) and the Valuation Office Agency’s Non-Domestic Rates data and Council Tax data.