Smarty Blog - 2022

An Advanced Look at US Autocomplete Pro APIArrow Icon
We hosted a webinar talking about Smarty’s US Autocomplete Pro API and how it differs from other autocomplete tools in reliability, accuracy, & customizability.
June 28, 2022 - Improving address form completion rates—whether in a shopping cart, request for quote, or other form—can be a sinch if you’re using an address autocomplete tool. Not sure what that is? When you see an address line on a form and think “oh shoot this is going to take a minute” and then it fills it in after only a few keystrokes, that’s address autocomplete. And no, not all address autocomplete tools are created equal. Some check against their own address database only that is not frequently maintained.
Smarty Unveils High-Accuracy QGIS Geocoding PluginArrow Icon
Smarty announces new rooftop accurate QGIS Geocoding Plugin to validate, standardize, and geocode US addresses.
June 22, 2022 - Smarty Unveils Unmatched QGIS Geocoding Accuracy with Release of Geocoding Plugin - US Address PROVO, UT - June 21, 2002 - Smarty, a leader in location data intelligence, announces today the release of their QGIS Geocoding Plugin for US Addresses to provide an easy way for users of the popular GIS software platform to validate, standardize, and convert addresses to their latitude and longitude coordinates (geocodes). The plugin allows manual address entry as well as batch geocoding via CSV.
How Autocomplete and Reverse Geocoding Improve Your GeocodesArrow Icon
Address autocomplete and reverse geocoding improve the quality and quantity of data you receive. More data with fewer errors leads to better geocodes.
June 9, 2022 - In our eBook, 8 Questions to Ask When Selecting a Geocoding API, we break down the key features to look for in a geocoding provider and what questions you should ask vendors so you know you’re choosing the solution that will work best for your business. In this article, we dive into whether you should look for a geocoding provider that also offers address autocomplete and reverse geocoding. Validated Address Autocomplete Address autocomplete is a form feature that pre-populates address information to users as they’re typing an address into a form.
Smarty Releases 193 Million Addresses in New US Address ListArrow Icon
Smarty's new US Master Address List is the most comprehensive dataset of standardized, validated, and mailable US addresses available.
June 7, 2022 - JUNE 7, 2022 - PROVO, UTAH - Smarty, a leader in location data intelligence announces the release of its new US Master Address List, a comprehensive dataset of 193 million standardized and verified primary and secondary addresses that are all deliverable by the USPS. With new construction, the list will soon top 200 million. The Smarty US Master Address List is the most complete and accurate list of mailable US addresses available. Additional data points like whether the delivery point is residential or commercial, parent addresses and associated apartments or suites, shared delivery points, ZIP+4 Codes, and FIPS Codes all provide valuable business insights.
Cloud Geocoding APIs vs On-Premise Pros and ConsArrow Icon
On-premise geocoding used to be the clear choice. With new technology, some cloud geocoders are surpassing local installs for speed, security, and price.
June 3, 2022 - On-premise vs. the cloud is a constant debate when it comes to software purchases. Geocoding software is no different. How your geocoding solution is deployed can greatly impact both the performance and the cost. In our eBook, 8 Questions to Ask When Selecting a Geocoding API, we talk about the pros and cons of on-premise and cloud-based geocoding options, as well as other key features to consider. In this article, we’ll summarize why on-premise versus cloud-based matters, and touch on another deciding factor for your API purchase: third-party basemaps.
Evaluating Geocoding API Capacity and SpeedArrow Icon
How fast is your geocoder? Some APIs hit 27 geocodes per second, others achieve 100,000+. Evaluate before committing to save time, cut costs, and improve data.
May 25, 2022 - The right geocoding API can help your business reduce costs and increase profits through accurate location data. But how do you know if a service can handle your data needs? Capacity and speed are two key topics to consider when comparing geocoding services. You can find out more about all the questions you need to ask in our eBook, 8 Questions to Ask When Selecting a Geocoding API by clicking the link here: API Capacity and Speed: What You Need To Know The higher the capacity and faster your geocoding API works, the faster you can utilize that address data and make money.
Address Data Masterclass Webinar RecapArrow Icon
In this webinar recap, we’re going over the ins and outs of address data. Learn about address components, ZIP9, ZIP11, non-postals, and other address hacks.
May 23, 2022 - In this webinar, our geocoding and address expert Adam Charlton went over the ins and outs of address data. He gave details about address components and how they influence the way an address is composed. He also dove into the difference between ZIP9 and ZIP11, what a non-postal is, and other address hacks you didn’t learn in primary school. Standardization and Validation What exactly is a valid address? There are lots of different definitions depending on what your goal is with the address.
How No-Matches & Apartment Geocodes Improve Location DataArrow Icon
Not all geocoding APIs offer the same levels of service and accuracy. Learn how proper no-match handling and apartment geocoding provide a competitive edge.
May 17, 2022 - If you’ve made it to this blog, you’re clearly interested in taking advantage of location data and geocodes. Welcome to the club—we’re so happy to have you! Not all geocoding APIs offer the same levels of service and accuracy. That’s why we wrote an eBook all about how to choose the right geocoding provider. In this article, we’ll summarize two points from the eBook: How are no-matches handled and are sub-address geocodes offered? How Are No-Matches Handled? First things first—what do we mean by “no-match?” A no-match is the result when a geocoding service can’t find a match for the address you entered.
How to Identify the Right Level of GeocodingArrow Icon
In his webinar, Adam Charlton of Smarty discusses the different levels of geocoding and how to identify which will be most beneficial for you.
May 12, 2022 - Geocoding can unlock valuable business intelligence that is hiding in your address data. But how do you know what level of geocoding you would benefit from the most? Do you need rooftop data? Or maybe you just need parcel data? What about ZIP 9 geocodes? These are the questions Adam Charlton, one of Smarty’s genius geocoding developers, set out to answer in his recent webinar. What Is Geocoding? Geocoding most typically means appending a latitude and longitude to a named location like an address.
Why Validation & Accuracy Matter for Geocoding APIsArrow Icon
Ask these two questions when choosing a geocoding API: Does the API include address validation and how accurate are the geocodes? Download the full eBook free.
May 10, 2022 - Choosing the right geocoding service is the first step toward unlocking better location intelligence and helping your organization make more strategic decisions. From our eBook, we’ll cover two key questions to ask when choosing a geocoding API: 1. Does the API include address validation 2. How accurate are the geocodes? Question 1: Does The Geocoding API Include Address Validation? Fitness advocates are fond of saying things like “Abs are made in the kitchen” and “Fuel your body for success.
Women or Femme in Code: Expanding Opportunity Q&A Part 2Arrow Icon
In part 2 of this 2 part series, the women in code at Smarty discuss initiatives for increasing opportunities in school, groups, and influencing future generations.
May 3, 2022 - This is part 2 of a 2 part series. You can read part 1 here. Anne: Several of you are involved as Diversity and Equity Mentors for the Computer Science Department at BYU (Brigham Young University), can you tell us a bit about that? Savannah: I’m the lead mentor for the Inclusion, Diversity and Equity Mentors at BYU and it’s really awesome. We used to be called the Women’s Initiative’s Mentors, so we focus primarily on women because it is the largest minority group in computer science. But when COVID-19 hit, we broadened our initiatives to include our LGBTQ+ and international students.
Women or Femme in Code: Expanding Opportunity Q&A Part 1Arrow Icon
A 2021 StackOverflow survey shows that women account for only 5.31% of software developers worldwide. In this 2 part Q&A, 7 women in software engineering at Smarty discuss their efforts and share tips about increasing opportunities in the software development field.
April 27, 2022 - This is part 1 of a 2 part series. You can read part 2 here. This edition of our blog comes from a special guest writer, Anne Arnold, daughter of Smarty’s own Wes Arnold. Anne will soon graduate high school and as part of her career exploration, she had the opportunity to sit down with the women on Smarty’s software development team. They each shared how they discovered their love for coding, what it’s like to be the only woman in class, and how they’re helping spread the opportunities for prospective women in code like Anne.
5 Principles For Creating Stupidly Brilliant JavaScript ApplicationsArrow Icon
The smarter an application is, the dumber its code should be. Make your code maintainable, extendable, and bug-resistant.
April 11, 2022 - Have you ever tried to add a minor feature to your application only to discover that you’ll have to re-write large blocks of code first? Or maybe you’ve spent hours deciphering hundreds, or perhaps thousands, of lines of existing code just to find out a task only required two lines of additional code. If you’re like most developers, you’ve wasted countless, frustrating hours wading through immensely complicated code trying to force it to do things it wasn’t built for. In his presentation, Mike Manwill, Frontend Team Lead here at Smarty, discussed 5 principles to help you create stupidly-simple applications that are maintainable, extendable, and bug-resistant.
Setting Up US Address Autocomplete API to Autofill Your FormsArrow Icon
Get clean address data from the very beginning by using this popular API to fill in address information.
March 11, 2022 - Many businesses now collect data online. One could argue that it is nearly impossible to succeed in modern business without some sort of online portal in which there is an exchange of information between the provider and the customer. But how do you ensure that the information being input by the customer (or potential customer) is accurate? While there is no way to ensure that Bobby Duncan doesn’t put “Sammy Sosa” in the name line on a form, there IS a way to ensure that he’s putting in a valid mailing address for you to mail his package to.
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