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London Borough of Harrow Innov8 to save

Posted: 13 May 2013

London Borough of Harrow have generated direct, cashable savings by developing their own software to facilitate the removal of an expensive product previously supplied by a third party company.

Developed in only three weeks at a cost of little more than £2,100, the new system will see them recognise savings in excess of £15,000 over a five year period.

Known as the 'Harrow Address Lookup' (HAL), it is a web based system enabling staff to access and query the council's local address dataset and view search results on a map. In addition to removing revenue expenditure, HAL also was designed to create a web services package that could be moulded to the council's requirements and extended as development plans dictated.

Part of this extension was focused on increased integration with other council departments, so built into it was the ability for property cross references such as Council Tax and Non-Domestic Rates to be assigned against a property by its users.

Once validated and approved, these cross references can be imported into the council's gazetteer management system with the click of a button, all done in compliance with nationally recognised standards.

Speaking of the project, LLPG Custodian at London Borough of Harrow, Luke Studden, said, "The aim of the HAL was to create cashable savings year-on-year by removing revenue expenditure of £3,500 per annum for a third party software solution offering similar functionality. This goal was achieved, but by embracing the principles of the council's 'innov8' scheme, multiple unforeseen benefits were to be had."

"Credit for this Award has to go to the whole of the Web and GIS teams as it has been their hard work and dedication that has seen this project become such a success. It is because of their efforts that this council will continue to make significant savings long into the future."

To find out more about local address datasets, visit www.geoplace.co.uk

GeoPlace is a public sector limited liability partnership between the Local Government Association and Ordnance Survey. GeoPlace's role is to create and maintain the National Address Gazetteer and the National Street Gazetteer for England and Wales, providing definitive sources of publicly-owned spatial address and street data for Great Britain.

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