New addressing paradigm for Australia and New Zealand



JThe Intergovernmental Committee on Surveying and Mapping (ICSM) Addressing Task Force has released a major new report outlining a strategy to “support all Australian and New Zealand government jurisdictions and the wider ecosystem of parts stakeholders in the correction and sustainability of the addressing supply chain”. .

Around 2035 defines a “vision and roadmap to deliver a vibrant and integrated whole-of-government addressing ecosystem, to enable service delivery and support a 3D and 4D digital economy”.

ICSM and ANZLIC say “the common intention is that jurisdictions and all stakeholders involved in addressing in both countries will converge on agreed action plans that will improve addressing capacity.”

A major element of the strategy is to ensure that “the addressing policy environment supports standards fit for the future”.

The strategy sets out five guiding principles to achieve this goal:

  1. User-centric: Addressing solutions are co-designed with users across the addressing supply chain to ensure they are desirable and fit for purpose.
  2. Coordinated: Addressing solutions benefit from appropriate coordination, leadership, governance and oversight to ensure that the intended benefits are achieved. Relevant stakeholders in all regions and jurisdictions are consulted and engaged in the change process.
  3. Data Driven: Standards, models, information and datasets are properly linked, contextualized and accessible to the right users. It can be relied upon to shed light on the addressing results. Interoperability, scalability, and security factors are considered when designing the solution to enable seamless flow of data and information wherever possible.
  4. Ready for the future: Make investment decisions based on strategic objectives, capitalizing on best and emerging technologies, reusing or optimizing existing solution models wherever possible to reduce technical debt.
  5. Sustainable: Addressing solutions can be reliably operated, maintained and supported. Implementation always takes into account the training, empowerment and digital literacy needs of users.

The report‘s research team surveyed 161 addressing supply chain stakeholders to gain feedback on the positives and negatives of the current addressing environment. Respondents included all levels of government, emergency management authorities, utility companies and many other service providers.

In the feedback workshops, 67% of respondents were address creators, 35% were address collectors and aggregators, and 45% were address users.

The research has identified 14 common “pain points” that underscore some of the difficulties currently faced by those producing and/or using addressing systems:

  1. Addressing supply chain issues are caused by the lack of guidance to enforce applicable law and policy.
  2. Address assignment errors are caused by a misunderstanding of the address assignment process and a lack of stakeholder engagement.
  3. There is confusion in roles and responsibilities throughout the supply chain.
  4. The role of property developers in address creation is not clearly understood or consistently managed.
  5. There is a lack of respect and inconsistent application of existing addressing standards.
  6. Current spatial definitions of address sites do not correspond to the real nature of these objects and are not suitable for future spatial digital twin models.
  7. Addresses are assigned late in the development cycle and after the survey plan is filed. This leads to reliance on lot numbers for the delivery of goods and services.
  8. There is no consistent way to represent addresses and locations in complex scenarios (eg private institutions such as universities) leading to inconsistent address assignment and no possible validation.
  9. Validation services only confirm address validity using point-in-time data, not versions over time.
  10. The use and adoption of non-authoritative addresses (such as search engines and other technology providers) may conflict with the authoritative address.
  11. Citizens’ use of incorrect addresses when dealing with the public sector impacts service delivery and confidence in the integrity of the underlying addressing system.
  12. There is no feedback mechanism to address truth points for government agencies that encounter incorrect addresses.

In line with the five guiding principles mentioned above, the report describes five enabling “strategic pillars”, namely:

  1. Harmonized addressing policy: Provide an addressing policy framework that can be harmonized across supply chains to support a standardized addressing model.
  2. Ready for the future: Review the addressing model against future 3D/4D needs.
  3. Jurisdictional flexibility: Enable custom pathways for jurisdictions to adopt a common addressing model and retain their specific data requirements.
  4. Interoperability and links: Reach data links with other valuable datasets.
  5. Education and communication: Improve understanding of the importance of accurate and authoritative addressing.

The report concludes that “the future of addressing will not just be the modern technical delivery of information. It will also be unified for discovery, access and use across government and service providers, benefiting citizens. »

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