Geocoding International addresses
Canada Post and the United States Postal Service now recognize Loqate as manufacturers and vendors of SERP and CASS certified software – two milestones accomplished all within a month’s time.
Aug. 13, 2013 – SAN BRUNO, Calif. — Loqate today announced its industry-leading address verification and geocoding software is now SERP and CASS certified. After months of rigorous testing and meeting the requirements of Canada Post and the United States Postal Service (USPS), Loqate is now recognized as software vendors who may now license SERP and CASS certified software.
“Our obtaining SERP and CASS certifications helps provide our customers with the tools they need for mailing discounts as well as eliminates the need to deal with multiple vendors, ” said Martin Turvey, President and CEO of Loqate. “With these achievements, Loqate now has the power to generate address results with the quality and accuracy required to meet these postal authorities’ standards. Because of this, we believe Loqate to be the one-stop shop for everything related to international address cleansing and geocoding.”
Software Evaluation and Recognition Program (SERP) is a Canada Post testing program that evaluates the ability of both commercial and internally-developed software packages to validate and correct mailing lists according to Canada Post requirements. As a SERP vendor, Loqate can now offer their customers the ability to process addresses in a batch environment for mailing in Canada. Users can now also run the new Loqate report facility to obtain the necessary documentation for Canada Post. SERP certified software from Loqate is priced and licensed separately.
Coding Accuracy Support System (CASS) is a system used by the USPS to evaluate the accuracy of software that corrects and matches street addresses. CASS certification enables Loqate users to qualify for postage discounts on bulk mailings. It also ensures address accuracy and deliverability. Customers who purchase Loqate’s CASS Certified solution will be provided with the following:
- ZIP+4 Delivery Point Code – A Delivery Point Code is a specific set of digits between 00 and 99 assigned to every address; when combine with the ZIP+4 code, this Delivery Point Code provides a unique identifier for every deliverable address served by the USPS
- Five-Digit – The primary 5-digit ZIP code
- Carrier Route – Group of addresses to which the USPS assigns the same code to aid in mail delivery
- SuiteLink – Contains business addressing information which allows us to add the secondary number (i.e., suite) to a business address
- LACSLink – Contains converted addresses that primarily arise from the implementation of the 911 system, which commonly involves changing rural-style addresses to city-style addresses
- DPV – Identifies whether an address is currently represented in the USPS delivery file as a known address record
- eLOT – Provides mailers the ability to sort their mailings in approximate carrier-casing sequence
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Now, I'm not sure MapQuest and MSN Maps are derived from TigerLine, but chances are they are. I recall researching some commercial geocoding services that purportedly enhance the accuracy of TigerLine.
If you email me your address, I could check the TigerLine for the bay area and see if the anomaly you noticed correlates.
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I am just starting to experiment with simplegeo ($9/month) for geocoding and some other useful features.
Check out yahoo place finder for a free geocoding service