Safer overnight lorry scheduling, smarter territory management from MapMechanics

Lorry parking data, adjacent postcode data and detailed education data now available

17 September 2013 --- Safer overnight parking on long lorry journeys and more intelligent network planning and territory management are two advances brought by new data sets launched by MapMechanics, the UK-based specialist in mapping and geographical data. 

They are all available direct from MapMechanics or through, the company s industry-leading transactional web site for digital mapping, Oracle map data solutions, geodemographic data and business data. 

A third new data product launched by the company, the GeoLytix Education Pack, offers an ideal resource for using the location of places of learning across the UK in market analysis and planning. 

The HGV Parking data set consists of more than 680 overnight parking locations in Great Britain that are suitable for use by large goods vehicles (those generally known as HGVs). It includes garages, car parks, laybys, motorway services, truck stops and industrial estates, and provides additional information such as the latitude and longitude of each location, the number of parking spaces available and the cost of use. 

The data set also includes detailed comments where appropriate, such as Tesco across the road, but a longish walk into town . 

It is ideal for use with routing and scheduling optimisation systems or other journey planning products, allowing these to build multi-day journeys that end each day within reach of a suitable lorry park. It is updated quarterly. 

MapMechanics Unit Postcode Adjacency lookup data set is a lookup table that cross-references all 1.695 million unit postcodes in Great Britain with adjacent unit postcodes even when these are on higher or lower floors of the same building (in vertical streets, as this situation is known). 

This data can be invaluable in confirming or contradicting guesswork about adjacency. It shows, for instance, that BA7 7PY is next to TA11 7HG, but that SW12 9HZ and SW13 0JF are not adjacent. It is therefore ideal in business intelligence, territory management and logistics planning. 

Because these relationships are inherent in the data set, users are saved from the need to buy extra data or software or perform geographic analysis on existing data simply in order to establish which postcodes are next to each other. 

The GeoLytix Education Pack provides detailed information about libraries and educational establishments across the UK, presenting a wealth of detail such as geographical coordinates, telephone number, street address and web address. It includes libraries, universities, further education colleges (in this case for England only), and primary and secondary schools. 

This data can be invaluable in performing catchment analysis, market analysis, trend analysis and similar exercises where the focus is on the location and concentration of people attending educational institutions or visiting places of learning. It is available under flexible licensing conditions that can take account of internet and intranet use. 

For the educational establishments, a wealth of useful is provided in separate data fields, including county, postcode, telephone number, UCAS code, UPRN code, ONS code, postgraduate/undergraduate role, number of 16-18 year olds enrolled, web address, school code, age of youngest/eldest pupil, number of pupils, and school classification (private, state, special, college). 

Not only does MapMechanics source and supply data of this kind; under its Process Promise scheme the company often also processes and formats the data for specific users, for example closing boundaries so that they can be used to make a shaded trend map, or linking roads so they are suitable for use in routing applications, saving them the need to do the job.

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. 


Katy McKenna 
Canal Court,
155 High Street, 
London, TW8 8JA 
Tel: +44 (020) 8568 7000  
Fax:+44 (020) 8568 7400

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