New Ordnance Survey and Local Government Joint Venture Acquires Intelligent Addressing and Ends Address Confusion

By Intelligent Addressing Ltd, PRNE
Thursday, December 2, 2010

LONDON, December 3, 2010 - The Local Government Group and Ordnance Survey have formed a joint
venture for the ongoing maintenance of a single definitive national address
and street database, currently referred to as the national address gazetteer.
Subject to approval from the Office of Fair Trading, the joint venture, which
will be known as GeoPlace LLP, has agreed terms to acquire NLPG Custodian,
Intelligent Addressing (Holdings) Limited. This will give the joint venture
access to the company's intellectual property, software, NLPG and NSG data
hubs, and expertise.

Until now there have been a number of address datasets produced by the
public sector. This new joint venture will help consolidate them, clarifying
ownership issues, ending confusion and duplicated effort and leading to
significant efficiency gains in the public sector and, potentially, the
private sector. As part of the agreement, Intelligent Addressing's existing
data hub and infrastructure, which hosts the National Land and Property
Gazetteer (NLPG), is being extended to include Ordnance Survey's addressing
products, data from the Royal Mail's Postcode Address File (PAF) under
licence and with the capacity to include the One Scotland Gazetteer.

In 1999, Intelligent Addressing formed a public private partnership with
local government to develop the NLPG in association with every local
authority in England and Wales. In 2005, Intelligent Addressing won the
competitive tender (the Mapping Services Agreement or MSA) to maintain the
NLPG and the National Street Gazetteer (NSG).

The Board of Intelligent Addressing has unanimously welcomed the
resolution of the long-running confusion over addressing. Michael Nicholson,
Managing Director of Intelligent Addressing, said, "Addressing is
fundamentally a co-operative activity and the new joint-venture structure
at last provides all participants with a way to work together effectively."

Nicholson continued, "We have long campaigned for wider access to
definitive addressing, and are proud of how the team at Intelligent
Addressing has helped local government achieve success with the NLPG and NSG.
The process is based on rigorous information management principles and
BS7666. The gazetteers are now supporting an ever growing range of
applications that provide services to citizens. We are delighted that our
efforts will continue to be taken forward and it is gratifying to see the
vision that we subscribed to a decade ago being realised."

CONTACTS: Intelligent Addressing contact: Michael Nicholson, Managing Director, +44(0)207-747-3500, E-mail: mnicholson at

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