Royal Mail delivers letters and parcels to around 30 million addresses across the UK. With a rich and varied heritage, Royal Mail has helped the world to communicate for over 500 years.
Allies has been an authorised licensor of Royal Mail data since the early 1990s when the postal operator first began to licence their Postcode Address File (PAF®) database for commercial use.
Ordnance Survey (OS) is a geographic data powerhouse that has mapped the location of every fixed physical object in Great Britain, from the ground upwards, to within one metre accuracy.
Allies became a partner and licensor of Ordnance Survey in 2014 and has developed strong expertise on the data licencing of the national mapping agency’s flagship database, OS AddressBase Premium.
Eircode is Ireland's first National Postcode System. Capita Business Support Services Ireland, trading as Eircode, was awarded a 10 year contract in 2013 to deliver and promote the system.
Allies was one of the first to be designated an Approved Eircode Provider and was appointed a founder member of the Eircode Advisory Board in 2016. Irish Eircode data can today be found as part of the Postcoder platform, or purchased in a raw format for database use.
HERE started in 1985 by digitizing maps and pioneering in-car navigation systems. Today, they create living three-dimensional maps with multiple layers of information and insights.
Allies partnered with worldwide mapping provider HERE in 2016 and now uses their location data within the PostCoder platform. Allies selected HERE on the basis of their global coverage and data quality but also their combined focus on innovation and employee happiness.
PAF Advisory Board
Royal Mail's Postcode Address File (PAF®) is the most complete address database in the UK. The PAF Advisory Board was created in 2007, and regularly meets with Royal Mail’s Address Management Unit and gives independent advice on behalf of users of PAF.
Allies CEO Dan Cooper joined the PAF advisory board in 2014. Dan represents the interests of Allies and other PAF solution providers in the industry, providing guidance to Royal Mail on decisions regarding PAF.
what3words provides a precise and incredibly simple way to talk about location. They have divided the world into a grid of 3m x 3m squares and assigned each one a unique 3 word address.
Allies started to collaborate with what3words in 2016 soon after their initial launch. Allies has an in-depth commercial and technical understanding of their 3 word address system, and is therefore well placed to offer consultancy regarding applications and uses in addressed and poorly addressed areas.
Office for National Statistics
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) is the UK's largest independent producer of official statistics. As well as collecting and publishing statistics, ONS is a comprehensive data source for UK businesses. ONS maintain Government Statistical Service (GSS) geocodes which represent different geographical areas in the UK such as administrative counties, local authority districts and civil parishes. ONS provide the co-ordinate data for UK postcodes that Allies use in their geocoding service.
United States Postal Service
The United States Postal Service (USPS) is an independent agency of the US federal government providing postal services throughout the US. USPS maintain a database of US addresses, and have a standardised format for US addresses. Allies use USPS data for their US address lookup and delivery point validation services.