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OS Places API – helping the NAFN fight fraud

OS Places API – helping the NAFN fight fraud

NAFN (National Anti Fraud Network) Data and Intelligence Services provides many data services to members, to support the protection of the public purse. It’s the largest shared service operating in local government with nearly 90% of local councils on board.

NAFN needed to refine and improve its address file, so turned to Ordnance Survey’s OS Places API which has saved considerable time, money and resources.

What were the challenges?

  • Continuing to provide NAFN members with data, intelligence and best practice services in areas such as corporate fraud, debt recovery and tenancy fraud.
  • Refining and improving the use of the Postal Address File (PAF) to help develop new services to members.
  • Restricting access to the PAF for members only – to save costs.
  • Limiting the need to manually enter addresses not appearing on the PAF – to save resources.

What was the solution?

A review of operational costs highlighted the opportunity to deliver an improved PAF service to members at a significantly lower cost.

Mark Astley, Head of NAFN Data and Intelligence Services

In September 2014, NAFN selected OS Places – a capture and verification API service supplied by Ordnance Survey.
As Britain’s mapping agency, OS supported the in-house development and re-design of the NAFN website and case management software supplied by Intec for Business, incorporating OS Places.

What were the outcomes?

  • A 90 per cent reduction in annual licence costs.
    Greater control of access to the PAF now restricted to members only (previously 300,000 look ups per annum, currently 65,000 per annum).
  • Access to a comprehensive and accurate address file has dramatically reduced the need to input addresses manually.
  • Removed the need to continually update and store files locally (the PAF is a cloud-based product).

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