Boundary data from MapMechanics puts postcodes in geographical context

New data set matches ForGIS postcode points with OS mapping for improved analysis

February 25, 2013 -- For businesses doing geographically-based planning and analysis at regional and local level, an appealing new option for mapping postcode data, offering greater accuracy and detail than rival systems at a more competitive price, is now available from MapMechanics, one of the UK’s leaders in digital mapping and related data. 

The ForGIS Sector District & Boundaries UK data set contains geographical boundaries for three key components of UK postcodes – sectors, districts and areas. Examples of these are RG40 1… (postcode sector), RG40… (postcode district) and RG… (postcode area).

The ForGIS data is now available through MapMechanics’ fully-transactional data web site,

Boundaries in this data set are digitised at a 1:10,000 scale, plotted against detailed Ordnance Survey mapping. This approach gives the data a high degree of accuracy, helping to ensure that postcodes are shown in the correct sector. It also means that as soon as the data is displayed on screen, users can see the extent and location of each polygon on a map.

The data set includes postcode counts for each boundary (the number of postcodes falling within it), which makes it ideal for functions such as territory management and thematic mapping, where colouring or shading is used to differentiate polygons according to their content. For instance, it might be used to show how many customers or competitors fall within a given postcode area, district or sector.

The data also includes postcode centroids (centre points within each boundary from which measurements can be taken consistently). This means it is particularly well suited to use in geographic information systems to create distance matrices or calculate drive times.

The ForGIS data set is one of the very wide range of digital map data, commercial data and demographic data available on MapMechanics’ marketing-leading mapping and GIS web site,, which includes details, examples and illustrations of hundreds of data products, along with information about their possible use.

About MapMechanics

MapMechanics has been providing innovative solutions in sales and marketing, digital mapping, geographic analysis and logistics planning for over twenty-five years.

  • MapMechanics distributes a wide range of data products including AA, NAVTEQ and Ordnance Survey digital mapping, as well as leading business and demographic datasets from many sources throughout the world. This data is listed on MapMechanics’ intuitive new transactional data web site,, which is probably the most extensive and up-to-date listing of its kind in Britain.
  • MapMechanics is a distributor of the GeoConcept geographic information system, which is used extensively in a diverse range of fields such as depot planning, retail planning, marketing, healthcare, environmental planning and management, transport and logistics, site selection and territory allocation, telematics and command and control applications, policing and broadcasting, and central and local government.
  • MapMechanics develops, supplies and supports TruckStops, one of the world’s best-established routing and scheduling solutions, and its portfolio includes a wide range of optimisation solutions. Examples include specialist systems for optimising transport of full or part loads, for servicing a high density of calls on the same streets and for optimising use of pallet networks.
  • MapMechanics also uses digital map-based technologies to offer an extensive range of Web, desktop, paper and component solutions for a variety of business applications, from atlas production to business analysis, site selection, customer profiling and vehicle routing and scheduling.

Backing up its extensive product range, MapMechanics offers a comprehensive service of implementation support and training.

For further information and pictures please contact:
Katy McKenna
Canal Court, 155 High Street,
Brentford, London, TW8 8JA
Tel: +44 (020) 8568 7000 Fax:+44 (020) 8568 7400 Web:

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