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E-Commerce Address Verifier Launched

Intelligent Systems Inc. delivered iRAVES, its Internet Real Time Address Verification Enterprise Service for use by e-tailers.

Based on RAVES, version 2.8, the U.S.'s only commercially available address verification system, iRAVES is an Internet service provided on a subscription basis.

iRAVES gives ISPs and corporate users immediate address verification for Internet sites and e-commerce applications by checking address input in real time against a database of more than 360 million verified U.S. addresses.

"iRAVES is a separate solution from our RAVES database licensing program," said Raj Sundaresan, president and CEO of Intelligent Systems. "iRAVES is provided as an Internet service for those who need a fast and reliable address verification system for their e-commerce applications, but who can't afford the expense of hosting and licensing the RAVES database at their own site."

With the service bureau model, subscribers won't have to worry about maintenance of the system or upgrades, which are provided on a bi-monthly basis as part of the subscription, the company said.

Anytime a name is entered into an e-commerce application, iRAVES validates the address by checking the information provided against a database of more than 360 million verified U.S. addresses.

Addresses verified by iRAVES are checked and cleansed for their spelling and accuracy and the result is returned to the e-commerce application.

Users are notified when an address is invalid and if the suite or apartment number is missing. After iRAVES verifies the address, primary suite or apartment number, city, state, zip or zip+4, and county, as well as the area code, it enhances the data by also providing geocode, latitude and longitude for that particular address.

"iRAVES prevents the "garbage" from going into any e-commerce database," said Sundaresan.

Price points were not disclosed.