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Part 1: CDYNE Postal Address Verification API Overview

CDYNE Postal Address Verification is a CASS Certified API that checks U.S. addresses against a continuously updated USPS® database to standardize, correct, and validate addresses in one step. It will reduce non-deliverable addresses, ensure the fastest delivery possible, and qualify your mailings for USPS discounts.

An API, or Application Programming Interface, acts as the interface between business web applications, programs, or databases and the CDYNE Postal Address Verification process. The advantage of using a Web Service API is the ability to add advanced features into your business applications without maintaining the software or hardware required to run that feature. CDYNE Postal Address Verification API enables a business IT department to implement address verification capabilities within their existing systems with a minimal time and money investment.

CDYNE Postal Address Verification API is CASS Certified for the most recent Cycle N by the USPS®, which means our software passed the stringent evaluation and testing process the USPS requires for correction accuracy in the areas listed below. As part of the CDYNE Postal Address Verification offering, the following data is included in the pricing.

DPV® (Delivery Point Validation)

DPV is a USPS address validation process that confirms the existence of a specific address (down to the apartment or suite number) and whether or not it is a valid destination for a mailing or package. With CDYNE Postal Address Verification API, DPV is indicated by the return code. The example below shows a return code of 100, which means all parts of the address have been DPV confirmed. In other words, the address is verified as deliverable.

The example below also shows other features included with CDYNE Postal Address Verification. Notice how the input address is standardized in all caps (per USPS formatting guidelines), corrected (“Suite” is changed to “STE” and the 4-digit zip “2518” is appended to the original zip code provided), and validated for deliverability with a return code of 100.

CDYNE Postal Address Verification returns the following result codes for DPV with the VerifyAddress operation. This is the barebones operation for users who only need to validate whether or not an address is deliverable. For more detailed DPV return codes and suggested interactions, use the VerifyAddressAdvanced Operation, which is discussed in detail in Part 4: CDYNE Postal Address Verification VerifyAddressAdvanced Operation.

  • 10 – Input address is not found
  • 100 – Input address is DPV confirmed for all components
  • 101 – Input address is found, but not DPV confirmed
  • 102 – Input address primary number is DPV confirmed – Secondary number is present but not DPV confirmed
  • 103 – Input address primary number is DPV confirmed – Secondary number is missing
  • 200 – Canadian address on input. Verified on city level only

 

LACSLink®

LACSLink® is a system that matches addresses against a list of rural route, highway route, and box number addresses that have been renumbered or renamed due to 911 address conversions. These conversions involve changing rural-style addresses to city-style addresses for 911 emergency system implementations. LACS stands for Locatable Address Conversion Service. The greatest advantage of LACSLink processing is that it reduces undeliverable mail and ensures that your lists have the most current address information on file, which lowers costs and provides faster delivery. The example below is a made-up address to illustrate how CDYNE Postal Address Verification handles LACSLink return data.

There are three LACSLink code fields that include the LACS Flag, LACS Indicator, and LACS Return Code. CDYNE Postal Address Verification returns the following result codes.

LACS Flag – this indicates whether or not there is an address match with the LACSLink database.

  • Y – LACS record match – the input address matched to a record in the master file, and a new address could be provided.
  • S – LACS record/secondary number dropped – the input address matched to a record in the master file, but the input address had a secondary number and the master record file did not.
  • N – No match – the input address could not be matched to a record in the master file, and a new address could not be provided.
  • F – False positive – a false positive record was detected

 

LACS Indicator – this indicates whether or not the input address has a conversion in the USPS LACSLink database.

  • L – There is a conversion address in the LACSLink database
  • Blank – No conversion address was found

LACS Return Code – this indicates the reason for the LACS Indicator returned (“L” or “blank”).

  • A – Match – Address Provided – there is a LACSLink record match and a converted address is provided
  • 00 – No Match – there is no match and no converted address
  • 14 – Match – No Conversion – found LACSLink record, but could not convert the data to a deliverable address
  • 92 – Match – Dropped Secondary Number – LACSLink record matched after dropping the secondary number from input address

 

RDI™ (Residential Delivery Indicator)

RDI or Residential Delivery Indicator identifies whether an address is classified as residential or business. Most shipping companies charge a higher price for residential deliveries. Businesses can use RDI data to maximize savings by flagging residential addresses and then shopping for the most cost-effective delivery option. In the following example, the Residential Delivery Indicator is “N,” which indicates that the address is classified as a business (rather than residential) by the USPS.

CDYNE Postal Address Verification returns the following result codes for Residential Delivery Indicator:

  • Y – Address is residential
  • N – Address is commercial

 

SuiteLink™

USPS SuiteLink data provides improved business addressing information by appending known secondary (suite) information to business addresses. In the example below, CDYNE Postal Address Verification appended “STE 200” to the original address because it matched the firm name, “CDYNE” to “STE 200” in the USPS database. Notice that the input address does not contain a secondary or suite number, but the corrected address does.

CDYNE Postal Address Verification returns the following Suite Link Return Codes:

  • A – SuiteLink Match
  • 00 – No Match – SuiteLink look up was attempted, but a match was not made
  • Blank – SuiteLink lookup was not performed

eLOT®

Enhanced Line of Travel or eLOT was developed by the USPS to give mailers the ability to sort their mailings in approximate carrier-casing sequence. eLOT codes organize the delivery points within a zip+4 code in the order that the carrier travels as they deliver mail. Mailers may use eLOT processing to qualify for enhanced carrier route presort discounts.

The eLOT Sequence Number aids in mail sorting, and the USPS defines it as the first occurrence of delivery made to the add-on range within the carrier route. The eLOT Ascending/Descending Code indicates the approximate delivery order within the sequence number.

Barcoding Processing

POSTNET™ – or Postal Numeric Encoding Technique was developed by the USPS to encode zip code information to improve speed, accuracy, and delivery of mail. It allows for rapid and reliable sorting by barcode sorters and provides additional automation discounts for bulk mailings. CDYNE Postal Address Verification returns a POSTNET Barcode string that can be used to generate a barcode image.

The string data in the POSTNET Barcode return consists of the following data, which can be used to generate a barcode for postal mailing discounts.

  • Start character (“f”)
  • Nine digit zip code data (“23320 2518”)
  • Delivery point data (“50”)
  • Check digit (“9”)
  • Stop character (“f”)

 

IM™ Barcode – The Intelligent Mail barcode is the next generation of USPS barcode technology used to sort and track letters and flats. It combines the capabilities of the POSTNET™ barcode and the PLANET Code® barcode into one unique barcode. Bulk mail that is barcoded is eligible for additional USPS discounts. To qualify for these discounts, the USPS requires an accurate Zip + 4 code, which can be matched with CASS Certified software.

CDYNE Postal Address Verification returns a key that can be used to obtain the Intelligent Mail Barcode string to generate a barcode image. Read more details about this in the GetIntelligentMailBarcode section of Part 2: CDYNE Postal Address Verification API Operations Overview .

In this five-part blog series, we will take a more in-depth look at the programming operations that CDYNE Postal Address Verification API will perform as well as how to use the operations and understand the data returns. Click on the links below to read each article.

Part 2: CDYNE Postal Address Verification API Operations Overview

Part 3: CDYNE Postal Address Verification VerifyAddress Operation

Part 4: CDYNE Postal Address Verification VerifyAddressAdvanced Operation

Part 5: CDYNE Postal Address Verification DPV Code Suggestions

For more information about CDYNE Postal Address Verification, please contact an account representative at 1-800-984-3710, inquire by email, or initiate a chat for more details.

Or sign up for a free trial license key to test CDYNE Postal Address Verification.

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SMS-Enable Your Apps for Only 1 Cent per Text Message

CDYNE Announces New Lower SMS API Pricing

In 2011 CDYNE cut the price of all text messaging to 1 cent worldwide. Text messages to the U.S. and Canada are still 1 cent, but CDYNE upgraded its worldwide reach to a more reliable provider. This international SMS upgrade costs a little more, but it offers Unicode support allowing you to send text messages in many languages. Also, DIDs are available in over 20 countries.

The international offering allows you to send text messages to over 200 countries. There is also a separate inbound reach to UK DIDs for users who require inbound messaging. Two-way messaging is available in most countries where DIDs are offered. Here is an SMS international coverage link to an Excel sheet outlining the pricing, outbound reach, inbound reach, available DIDs, and carrier restrictions.

SMS Notify! 2.0 is a 2-way text messaging Web Service that sends and receives text messages through secure SMS gateways. Commonly used messaging features include automated appointment or payment reminders, product delivery status notifications, and subscriber event messaging.

Automated Keyword Management

CDYNE has added automated keyword management features into SMS Notify! 2.0. SMS message recipients who type HELP, STOP, END, CANCEL, UNSUBSCRIBE, and QUIT keywords will now receive an automated acknowledgement.

When a CDYNE SMS Notify! 2.0 recipient types “HELP” CDYNE will automatically send back a default string with company name, contact information and STOP instructions to end text messages. This allows the recipient to know who is contacting them, and provides them with information on how they can contact the sender. SMS Notify! 2.0 users have the option to customize the HELP return string.

CDYNE SMS Notify! 2.0 automatically manages the STOP, END, CANCEL, UNSUBSCRIBE, and QUIT keywords. When an SMS recipient sends any of these keywords, CDYNE will send an automated acknowledgement. This will block the recipient’s number from receiving messages from our system in an effort to protect them from unwanted or unsolicited messages.

Free SMS API Test Keys

Sign up today to test CDYNE SMS Notify! 2.0 for free.

For more information about CDYNE SMS APIs, please call 1-800-984-3710, inquire or initiate a chat.

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AMAZON WEB SERVICES FAIL FOR OVER 36 HOURS. WHY USE WEB SERVICES?

 

Amazon Web Services (AWS) experienced a massive outage today with their usual 99.95% up-time hosting system. As a Web Service provider that commits to 100% up-time levels, CDYNE knows the impact of an outage of this caliber. “We know our customers count on us to provide services 24/7, that is why most of our company resources are committed to our infrastructure and network,” says Christopher Chenoweth, CIO of CDYNE Corporation.

With the recent addition of another server center in Richmond, VA, CDYNE currently maintains three major server farms, bringing added redundancy to our networks and additional capacity.

Infrastructure failures as AWS experienced today weaken the Web Services community as a whole, but the idea that you can have the same power and redundancy as a Fortune 500 company for a fraction of the cost is not so far a dream. A good example is that CDYNE provides programmatic phone calls for thousands of businesses large and small. Most of these companies program our Web Services into their core business processes and require that our systems work flawlessly. If CDYNE services were interrupted for ten minutes, let alone for almost two days, we would threaten the viability of all of our customers. This is why CDYNE manages its servers and networks where they are set up in multiple data centers for redundancy. We maintain complete control over the network providers, latency, and hardware.

CDYNE has been providing Web services for over 10 years with minimal outages. That is why our clients have learned to count on us. Will CDYNE go with Elastic Computing any time soon? Probably not. But like any animal nurtured from early stages of existence, we are eager to see the continued development of these services and will not consider relying on them until they have matured.

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Press Release: CDYNE Corporation Offers Upgraded CASS Certified Web Service Solution to Increase Address Data Quality

Chesapeake, VA (August 17, 2010) – CDYNE Corporation, a leading provider of Data Quality and Communication XML Web Services announced today the release of Postal Address Verification 3.0 Web Service to standardize, correct, and validate U.S. addresses without the need for businesses to buy, store, program and maintain the enormous United States Postal Service database.

Postal Address Verification 3.0 is a CASS Certified Web Service that checks U.S. addresses against a continuously updated USPS® database so businesses can perform point of entry validation. With Postal Address Verification 3.0, businesses can increase the number of addresses delivered to, ensure fastest possible delivery of materials or inventory, qualify for USPS discounts, and standardize address data for peak data quality management.

Key Postal Address Verification 3.0 Web Service features include a comprehensive DPV (Delivery Point Validation) return code system that confirms the existence of a specific address and whether or not it can be delivered to. Businesses can avoid residential delivery surcharges by verifying delivery type status prior to shipping with Residential Delivery Indicator (RDI). Intelligent Mail Barcode (IMB) and POSTNET barcodes to qualify for automated discounts are also included with Postal Address Verification 3.0.

“CDYNE’s engineering staff put a great deal of effort into the design and implementation of its own postal address verification engine to not only meet USPS standards and requirements but to also address client requests for new features,” said Valentin Ivanov, Chief Software Architect of CDYNE Corporation. “We have achieved CASS certification and are very excited to offer clients this new service.”

In addition to validating deliverable addresses, businesses can tailor additional data returns at no additional cost. Postal Address Verification 3.0 offers optional data returns including proper case formatting, Census data, geo-location data, and Legislative data.

Web Services are a key point of integration for business applications that exist on different platforms, languages, and systems. IT departments can interface with Postal Address Verification 3.0 Web Service using SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol) or REST (Representational State Transfer) protocols to build address verification features into existing business applications.

Postal Address Verification 3.0 is backed up with a 100% Service Level Agreement (SLA), protecting clients from unscheduled outages. CDYNE’s data centers are strategically located in different areas across the United States, providing redundancy and location fail-over enabling.

About CDYNE Corporation
Since 1999, CDYNE has provided enterprise Data Quality and Communications XML Web Services to solve the business need for real-time communication and data quality verification. Web Services include Phone Notify!, SMS Notify!, Postal Address Verification, Phone Verification, Email Verification, Demographics, CDYNE 411, Death Index, and IP2Geo. CDYNE billing is transaction-based and post-pay. Clients pay for only what is consumed, eliminating overage charges and unused credits. There are no contracts, startup fees, or cancellation charges. For more information, visit
www.cdyne.com or call 1-800-984-3710.

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Press Release: CDYNE Corporation Offers Upgraded Web Service Solution for Simple, Cost-Effective Text Messaging

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CDYNE Corporation Offers Upgraded Web Service Solution for Simple, Cost-Effective Text Messaging

Chesapeake, VA (May 25, 2010) – CDYNE Corporation, a leading provider of Data Quality and Communication XML Web Services announced today the release of CDYNE SMS Notify! 2.0 Web Service for alert and notification text messaging.

SMS Notify! 2.0 is a 2-way text messaging Web Service that sends and receives text messages through secure SMS gateways. Commonly used messaging features include emergency alerts, automated appointment or payment reminders, product delivery status notifications, and subscriber event messaging. Web Services are a key point of integration for business applications that exist on different platforms, languages, and systems. IT departments can interface with SMS Notify! 2.0 Web Service using SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol) or REST (Representational State Transfer) protocols to build these communication features into existing business applications.

A significant upgrade built-in to SMS Notify! 2.0 is the option to obtain exclusively assigned long numbers (i.e. 757-555-1212). This feature is a simple, cost-effective alternative to short codes for companies requiring Mobile Originated (MO) messages from customers or subscribers. Advantages of long numbers include easy and quick set up, no short code fees or premium charges to customers, and the ability to combine voice or IVR (Interactive Voice Response) calls.

“Our new SMS service allows businesses to combine the best of Phone Notify! and SMS Notify! Web Services with their own numbers. A business can request SMS numbers that hook directly into the IVR/Callback system,” said Christopher Chenoweth, CIO of CDYNE Corporation. “So, if an end user gets a text message and calls the number back, it could potentially read the text message or perform other custom IVRs. If a business would like random numbers, CDYNE has a pool of long numbers that we randomly send from. That way, an end user could get multiple messages and respond differently to each one.”

SMS Notify! 2.0 is backed up with a 100% Service Level Agreement (SLA), protecting clients from unscheduled outages. CDYNE’s data centers are engineered with multiple levels of security, uninterruptible power supplies, redundant HVAC systems, fire suppression, and 24 X 7 monitoring and management. CDYNE centers are also strategically located in different areas across the United States, providing redundancy and location fail-over enabling.

About CDYNE Corporation
Since 1999, CDYNE has provided enterprise Data Quality and Communications XML Web Services to solve the business need for real-time communication and data quality verification. Web Services include Phone Notify!, SMS Notify!, Postal Address Verification, Phone Verification, Email Verification, Demographics, CDYNE 411, Death Index, and IP2Geo. CDYNE billing is transaction-based and post-pay. Clients pay for only what is consumed, eliminating overage charges and unused credits. There are no contracts, startup fees, or cancellation charges. For more information, visit
www.cdyne.com or call 1-800-984-3710.


Contact: Nicole Fesette
Tel: (757) 544-9510 x3103
Email: nfesette@cdyne.com
www.cdyne.com

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