The Postcode system, originally introduced to speed up mail deliveries is now used for a range of applications. Everything from insurance premiums to satellite navigation systems rely on the Postcode system.
Increasing demands on the system meant that Royal Mail needed to convert the Postcode Boundaries held in paper map form, into a digital file.
Royal Mail entered into an agreement with Geoplan to facilitate the production of the Postcode Boundaries in digital form, through the transfer of established Geography held in paper maps, onto a mainframe.
As an expert in the field, Geoplan was best placed to deliver the project in terms of quality, accuracy and time-scale. Working with Geoplan to carry out the work meant low impact and fastest turnaround for Royal Mail. The project was delivered right first time, to budget and schedule, ensuring absolute confidence for Royal Mail, its internal operations and associated partners.
Through the years the file has been improved and transferred to a standard PC environment, available in all standard GIS formats. Geoplan has maintained the file since the original project was commissioned and create a new version bi-annually. To this day, the Geoplan Postcode Sector Boundary file is probably the most accurate product of its type on the market.
- High quality flagship Postcode Sector, District and Area Boundary data product enabling Royal Mail to manage maps digitally within their GIS systems, in support of day to day operations and coverage information.
- Use of the Postcode boundary file means Royal Mail benefit from more efficient operations and improved first time allocation of mail and workload to the field.
- Enables management of resources and pricing decisions.
- Enhanced use of Postcodes by businesses for planning and strategic operations has generated additional revenue for Royal Mail.