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Hiwayman enables users to search for and validate UK postal address. Optimised for postcode searches, any part(s) of an address can be searched for. As a DB2-based product, Hiwayman will run on any platform, and can be accessed using any programming language or interface, which supports DB2.

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  • + Functional details

    Searching the Royal Mail's PAF data, the Highwayman offers:

    • Fuzzy matching using the Soundex algorithm
    • An indication of the closeness of matches using the Edit Distance algorithm
    • Recognition of abbreviated 'thoroughfare descriptors' e.g. 'Ave', 'Cres', 'St', 'Ter'
    • Recognition of '&', 'Ltd' and 'St' (for Saint)
    • Support for searching on postally non-required localities. These are geographical localities which are recognised by the Royal Mail, but are not required in a postal address.
    • Wild card searching
    • The ability to prevent duplicate addresses from being added to the user's database.
    • Simple integration with third party address-based data

  • + Business problem

    The product prevents the insertion of incomplete or incorrect addresses into its users databases.

  • + Business opportunity

    The functionality provided by this product is of use to any application in any industry where new customers addresses have to be added to a database, or existing customers addresses have to be changed.

  • + Return on investment

    The product can save its users time by speeding up address capture, and save them money by reducing the amount of mail which has to be handled because it is returned by the Post Office as undeliverable.

  • + Competitive advantage

    Hiwayman is fully integrated into DB2. It can therefore be used on any platform, with any client, which supports DB2. Unlike competitor products, there is no proprietary 'black box' database; standard DB2 tuning techniques can be used.

  • + Industries

    Automotive Industry
       Distributors, Importers, Retailers
    Banking Industry
       Banking - Global Customer Management
       Banking - Other
    Education Industry
       Basic/Secondary Education
       Higher Education
    Energy & Utilities Industry
       Combo Electric/Gas
       Electric and Gas Energy Services Traders
    Financial Markets Industry
       Financial Markets - Global Customer Management
    Government, State/Provincial/Local Industry
       Env/Trans/PubWrks, City/Mun.
       Env/Trans/PubWrks, County/Shire
       Env/Trans/PubWrks, Spec. Dist.
       Env/Trans/PubWrks, State/Prov.
       Fin. & Admin, City/Municipal
       Fin. & Admin, County/Shire
       Fin. & Admin, Special District
       Fin. & Admin, State/Prov./Reg.
       PS & Justice, County/Shire
       PS & Justice, Special District
       PS & Justice, State/Prov./Reg.
       Soc. Services, City/Municipal
       Soc. Services, County/Shire
       Soc. Services, State/Prov/Reg.
    Healthcare Industry
       Healthcare Other
       Health Plans / Payors
       Integrated Healthcare Systems / Hospitals
    Insurance Industry
       Insurance Carriers - Life & Asset Management (L&AM)
       Insurance Carriers - Property & Casualty (P&C)
    Media & Entertainment Industry
    Professional Services Industry
       Business Services
       Legal Services
    Retail Industry
       Retail - Direct Marketing
    Telecommunications Industry
    Travel & Transportation Industry
       Car Rental
       Passenger Airlines
       Tour Operations and Arrangers
       Travel Agencies

  • + Solution areas

    Financial Services/Banking
       Customer sales & service

  • + Customer size

    Very Small Business (Less than 50 employees)
    Small Business (50 to 99 employees)
    Midmarket Business (100 to 499 employees)
    Midmarket Business (500 to 1000 employees)
    Large Business (greater than 1000 employees)

  • + Languages supported


  • + Countries/regions available for distribution

    United Kingdom

Technical information

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  • + Hardware/OS platforms

    Windows XP family
       Desktops and Notebooks (all brands, including ThinkPad/ThinkCentre PCs by Lenovo)
       IBM Systems: System z
       System x
       IBM Systems: Power

  • + Services

    Business Solutions: Customer Relationship Management

  • + Software

    IBM Information Management
       Information Management
          DB2 Universal Database for Linux

Date last modified:    Apr 5, 2013


Contact information

Philip Burchill
0044 (0)7551 582038


Hiwayman Ltd
9 Haddon Close
Fareham, Hampshire PO14 1PH
United Kingdom

+44 1489 580319

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