YouthNet is a registered charity that gives online advice, guidance, information and opportunities for 16 to 25 year olds. The charity was established 16 years ago by television news presenter and journalist Martyn Lewis CBE.
The charity embeds geocoding technology from Postcode Anywhere in to its “Do-It volunteering service”, a national database providing over a million volunteering opportunities.
Oliver Wood, technical director at YouthNet said: “The service allows users to refine their searches through set criteria, such as location, distance and other prerequisites. So if you selected the drop down menu options of wanting to work with the elderly on a part-time basis it would provide you with opportunities within a certain radius of the postcode, you then can apply for these opportunities through the system.
“Oracle Geo location software delivers the opportunity information to the user based on coordinate information supplied by the Postcode Anywhere Geocoding service.
“Before we discovered Postcode Anywhere we used another geocoding service provided by a competing vendor but I found the service was less efficient, more complex to implement and integrate and generally more expensive to maintain."
Far more compatible
“Postcode Anywhere is far more compatible with our API, integrating into our system much more efficiently. We found the process of sourcing governmental data from other vendors difficult as we continually had to physically update the files as the data deteriorated really quickly. As Postcode Anywhere is a web service the data is updated automatically which is one thing less for us to have to manage and worry about.”
A cost effective service
“As a registered charity resources are precious and we get a cost effective service from Postcode Anywhere which has proved to be much better on all counts than the competitor service we were using before.”
Guy Mucklow managing director of Postcode Anywhere said: “Data is the lifeblood of any organisation, yet from a practical point of view; we are often overwhelmed by the volume of information and struggle to see the wood for the trees.
“Our geocoding service allows you to fetch longitude and latitude coordinates for places worldwide, so you can quickly filter and assign enquiries related to a location. Using our tools you can create a range of geographic services, from pinpointing customer locations to letting consumers find their nearest store. By combining geographic knowledge with business information, organisations can make smarter decisions that will lead to better products, as well as cost savings and improved efficiency.
“As well as being the most comprehensive solution on the market, sensible pricing makes it the best-value store geocoding tool for clients who need assured reliability, every time.”