The UPRN in action
Using the UPRN within a local authority
"We firmly believe the UPRN to be a key element in driving forward effective and targeted service delivery. By placing the UPRN at the core of every service delivery system, not only can we continue to improve the services we offer, but also make savings through effective data sharing and joined-up working. The immediate benefits internally range from fraud detection to enhanced routes for waste collection, as well as a much better understanding of each and every resident who consumes our services. As a result, the resident benefits from better services, as well as the convenience of being able to transact and gain access to a wealth of public information online. All of this has been facilitated by the UPRN."
Using the UPRN within an emergency service
The Joint Emergency Services Group in Wales, supported by Welsh Government, UK Cabinet Office and Welsh Unitary Authorities have developed a mechanism to electronically transfer information between public service organisations using the UPRN as the common identifier.
The project has demonstrated that the UPRN, when used as a key reference identifier, facilitates effective and efficient public service information sharing resulting in tangible service provider benefits that ultimately lead to better outcomes for citizens. The project is delivering financial benefits across public service organisations in Wales and is reducing emergency service call handling time across Wales by nearly 18,000 hours per annum.
Tony Bracey, MAIT Project Manager has stated: "We have always maintained that Multi Agency Information Transfer (MAIT) in Wales utilises the UPRN as the key unique identifier. Information sharing using the UPRN is now in operation with the majority of Welsh Emergency Services and we are currently testing a similar approach in the exchange of data between Social Services and Emergency Services for example to undertake free Home Fire Safety Checks for vulnerable adults. We could not have achieved what we have, without the support and assistance from GeoPlace.
This support has been provided at every level within GeoPlace, supporting us at strategic discussions with our central government colleagues, allowing us to participate in the Regional Workshops, to more recently successfully undertaking a considerable amount of data matching of Emergency Service and Unitary Authority data in what appeared [to us] to be impossible deadlines.
My role has increasingly involved the Emergency Services in England and I am confident that within the near future, the use of the UPRN to underpin Emergency Service Command and Control Systems and as the unique identifier for wider public service information sharing, will be the norm not the exception. GeoPlace will be instrumental in achieving this."