Subject: Proposed EU address validation service
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A project partly funded by the EU’s eTEN programme is currently preparing the introduction of a pan-European address validation service. Called RISER (Registry Information Service on European Residents), the project aims to allow for uniform, online access to the address registries of various European countries.
The objective of the RISER project, which is being
conducted by an international consortium under the leadership of German
software company PSI, is to
create a European registry information service. The service would be an online
one-stop shop providing uniform, centralised access to the registries of
various European countries. The project is currently at the market validation
stage, and a pilot operation between
Built on open standards – such as the
emerging XML-based formats for e-government transactions in Germany (Online
Services Computer Interface - OSCI) and in particular the data format for citizens registration
processes OSCI-XMeld – the service will be supplied with data by the
national and local civil registration offices. RISER will be presented as a
transactional website, enabling requests to be submitted either on a one-by-one
(typed in a form) or mass processing (file transfer) basis, and supporting
several means of payment. If market validation is successful and the business
plan proves fully adapted to pan-European requirements, the consortium will
deploy RISER in
Verification of address information by accessing civil registries is a popular service offered by the public authorities of most EU Member States. The service, which varies widely between countries, is used by companies as well as public institutions seeking to reduce returns in customer correspondence and in bill delivery. The total number of inquiries to validate citizen address information is currently estimated at 40 million for the German market alone, with half of these requests being made by the private sector.
According to PSI, the new service will meet the needs of international financial service providers, shipping companies and e-commerce businesses operating in the expanding single European market. RISER will provide this target group with a uniform access to an extremely heterogeneous registry environment, which should help reduce the complexity and costs of trans-national operations.