Group 1 Software, Inc., a Pitney Bowes Company (NYSE: PBI), today announced that Microsoft Corp. has chosen to incorporate Group 1′s GeoStan™ geocoding software and data into its online offerings, MapPoint Web Service and Windows Live Local, for real-time geocode assignment. Group 1′s GeoStan will enable Microsoft to improve the accuracy of the address location on its online mapping systems.
“Group 1 Software provides broad experience and a successful track record for precise location accuracy,” said Stephen Lawler, general manager for Windows Live Local and MSN. “The combination of Group 1 Software’s geospatial expertise and Microsoft’s commitment to the search and mapping industries delivers new business opportunities and access to data that will benefit our industry partners and customers alike.”
GeoStan, a component of the company’s comprehensive Customer Communication Management (CCM) solution, corrects, standardizes, and geocodes North American address information at successive levels of precision, including parcel, street segment, ZIP+4®, ZIP+2 and ZIP Code®. GeoStan provides a more comprehensive set of parcel and address-level geocodes by combining USPS® and CPC postal data with spatial data files from the world’s leading data providers. Precisely defining the location of an address with latitude and longitude coordinates, the location is then displayed on the MapPoint Web Service map or Windows Live Local photo.
I’m always amazed that mapping software works as well as it does, although to be perfectly honest, I have run into oddities with all the different offerings I have tried.