Geocoding Addresses with the Enterprise Architect (From Route4Me Address Book)
With Route4Me Enterprise Architect, you can geocode thousands of addresses in seconds. Geocoding enables you to significantly increase the accuracy of your customers’ locations and ensure that your routes are as precise and efficient as possible. It also helps to fix insufficient or misspelled addresses by processing them and outputting complete and correct data. With geocoded addresses, you can spatially display your customers’ locations and recognize certain patterns that will enable you to make your routing activities more efficient and your business more profitable.
For your convenience, Enterprise Architect allows you to import addresses for geocoding in two main ways – by uploading a file/spreadsheet from your computer or by adding addresses from your Route4Me Address Book. To geocode addresses from your Route4Me Address Book (web account), fist, go to the “Address Book” tab at the top of the screen or click on the “Address Book” button in the navigation menu.
Next, click on the address book icon in the top right corner of the screen to bring up your Route4Me Address Book.
If you need to filter the addresses from your Route4Me Address Book by keywords, first, click on the “Upload” button. Then, upload a CSV file with the keywords by which you want to filter the addresses (i.e., “New Jersey,” “New York,” “NY,” “James,” etc.).
Next, select one keyword from the uploaded file and click “Filter.”
Then, select the addresses that you want to remove from your Route4Me Address Book by checking the corresponding boxes and clicking “Delete.”
Next, select the addresses that you want to geocode.
After selecting the addresses, click on the wrench icon in the top left corner to transfer the selected addresses from your Route4Me Address Book to the “Addresses” tab in the Enterprise Architect where you can geocode them.
Then, click on the “Geocoder” button in the navigation menu to geocode the corresponding addresses.
Next, select the column(s) with the data (addresses) that you want to geocode from the left-side list and transfer them to the right-side list by clicking on the corresponding button.
Check the box next to the “Address Parser” to enable it. The “Address Parser” allows you to fix and properly geocode the incomplete or misspelled addresses.
You can also automatically upload the addresses to your Route4Me Address Book, once they are geocoded. To do so, check the corresponding box.
Click “Start” to geocode the uploaded addresses.
Once the addresses are geocoded, they are displayed in the “Addresses” tab with three additional columns. The “fixed_address” column contains fixed and complete names of the corresponding addresses when the “lat” and “lng” columns display the latitude and longitude coordinates of the geocoded addresses.
To download the list of the geocoded and fixed addresses, click on the “Save” button in the top right corner. You can also view and edit the geocoded addresses in your Route4Me Address Book if you selected the “Upload to Address Book” option.