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Addresscloud use OS Open Data to introduce kerbside location accuracy

Addresscloud used OS Open USRN data alongside OS AddressBase, to introduce kerbside location accuracy for every property in Great Britain.

Overview

OS Partner Addresscloud provides software services to geocode and describe addresses with rooftop accuracy.

Addresscloud use data from Ordnance Survey’s AddressBase, Royal Mail (PAF), Eircode and Google Maps, to provide local intelligence for property level risk assessment, and support for logistics customers.

Challenge

Lockdowns in 2020 meant there was a rise in demand for home delivery – with Riverford Organic Farmers fresh produce orders doubling.

Riverford’s delivery drivers, who help to feed 80,000 homes a week, were using Addressclouds’ rooftop location data for deliveries. Although this provided the nearest road to an address, it didn’t always provide the nearest access to the delivery point. In practical terms, this meant drivers may not arrive at the ideal location for delivering produce, instead they would have to identify this themselves, resulting in logistical inefficiencies.

Solution

Addresscloud used OS Open USRN data alongside OS AddressBase, to introduce kerbside location accuracy for every property in Great Britain. This new service was turned around by Addresscloud in just two weeks.

Riverford delivery drivers say their routing has improved since trialling the service. Drivers now arrive by the nearest access point to the address from the road, thus making the delivery process smoother.

"Kerbside locations have been a real game-changer for our last-mile logistics…significantly reducing the time our drivers spend locating a property…as Addresscloud turned a problem into a solution"
Sue Jones, Co-Owner and Head of Business Systems as Riverford Organic Farmers

Benefits

The introduction of kerbside data means the time taken by delivery drivers to locate the access point to a property is reduced, due to the data doing it for them.

Having easy access to OS Open Data means projects like this one are quickly assembled by partners such as Addresscloud.

"Thanks to the newly available Open OS Products we’ve unlocked several successes. And this is certainly one of them…enhancing our geocoding service has been a huge win for our customers and delivered at pace…. The solution was created in under a fortnight!"
Mark Varley, Founder & CEO of Addresscloud

OS Open USRN

A dataset containing all USRNs from OS MasterMap Highways Network with a simplified line geometry.

AddressBase

Ordnance Survey's addressing product, AddressBase® matches 29 million Royal Mail postal address to unique property reference numbers (UPRN), bringing a geographical dimension to the matched records.