Yes, but only within Verify, our data cleanse product, and only to a limited level of detail. Including China data from NavInfo will significantly enhance our address verification capability in this market.
Loqate already supports address validation for China in a number of ways:
The table below outlines the current state with what the NavInfo data gives us:
|Existing Data Coverage||NAVINFO Data Coverage|
|Apartment number||Not Covered||Not Covered|
|Premise Name or Number||Not Covered||Covered|
|Street / Throughfare (Intersection)||Not Covered||Covered|
|Hamlet / Township (if present)||Not Covered||Covered|
The NavInfo data will be compiled for use in Verify and Capture (from V4 onwards) - this is because V4 is able to read in and output non roman/Latin characters so will support Simplified Chinese
NavInfo is a Chinese publicly traded corporation specializing in the creation of data and technology for the mobility sector. They are one of three major originators of data for satellite navigation and routing for mainland China, Macau, and Hong Kong. They are similar to other Loqate partners but specialize just in the Chinese markets.
You can read more here,
Mapping data in China is highly regulated and controlled under Chinese law. Only a few certified companies (including NavInfo) are legally permitted to create map data (including premise level address data files) and serve that data to third parties. The primary restriction we face is that the NavInfo data cannot leave mainland China in either its raw or compiled format. This means:
Geocodes are not available today. In the future, we plan on working with NavInfo to receive certification from Chinese government to serve geocodes
The reference data is held in Pinyin (Latin version) and Simplified Chinese. Therefore, the search can begin with either variant and be exported in either variant. The transliteration capabilities in Verify remain.
Yes, we are developing a mechanism for clients to test China data in line with existing countries.
Any GBG product or service that utilizes Loqate products, services, or data will, assuming that all the necessary restrictions are adhered to, be able to make use of the higher grade NavInfo data.
Verify and Capture (V4 onwards). We will be deploying this data set into Verify in Q1 2020. We will then be delivering the China data set into Capture in Q2-Q3 2020.
We estimate up to 27m building-level address records.
Example 1: Premise level address validation
Example 2: Premise level address validation
Example 3: Premise level address validation