Spatial Data & APIs
Mapping school change with Pitney Bowes School Boundaries
By Jessica Willis
Data most certainly has a shelf life and it’s shortening rapidly. At Pitney Bowes, we believe that great data must adapt to both the changing geography and the ever-changing needs of our user community. It must be as accurate, reliable and current as possible.
In addition, it’s extremely important that we listen to our customers and use their ideas and feedback to drive our product innovation. User suggestions enable us to determine what aspects of our products need improvement. They help us make sure we’re building the features our customers and partners truly need.
Product updates are critical for accurate insights
An intentional update to Pitney Bowes School Boundaries is a great example of how we take all of this into account. In the last year, Pitney Bowes has added increased school boundary coverage, as well as several new enhancements and product attributes. Many of these enhancements were centered on our targeted focus -- the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD).
LAUDS is the second largest district in the nation. With over 900 schools and 187 public charter schools, they enroll more than 640,000 students in kindergarten through 12th grade. Not only is LAUDS one of the largest school districts in the nation, it’s one of the most active real estate markets, too. The school boundaries spread over 720 square miles and include the mega-city of Los Angeles as well as all or parts of 31 smaller municipalities plus several unincorporated sections of Southern California.
Concurrent with Pitney Bowes product update:
- Nearly 200 school points were added to the product.
- There were 187 school closings.
- More than 95% of school points were rooftop validated.
- Overall SAZ coverage reflected the 2016-2017 school year.
Many of these updates were based directly from user suggestions, further illustrating that some the most innovative ideas come directly from our customer base.
Make sure your data is current
For any organization to properly harness the full power of location content, the data must be trusted. Accuracy and integrity are top of mind with each Pitney Bowes data update. For some data providers, responding to the most common question asked by CEOs and CTOs, 'How current is your Data?' is difficult -- if not impossible -- to answer. For us, it’s simple.
We understand that the time businesses have to make their decisions – both major and minor – is shortening. Pitney Bowes data is used to provide insight and help end-users improve their everyday decisions. When school boundary data (or any data for that matter) isn’t updated on a regular basis, data coverage and completeness is significantly less reliable.
Whether we are making improvements, adding product enhancements and attributes or introducing a completely new feature, our quarterly releases continue to provide an important benefit to our customers.