DirectDPV™

DirectDPV is a United States Postal Service® database for users who need to standardize and validate address records at a very high rate of speed. DirectDPV is a super-fast alternative to standard CASS™ processing. In May 2007, ZP4 became the first product ever certified by the Postal Service for DirectDPV processing.

Without DirectDPV, standardizing and validating an address requires performing a full CASS matching attempt: the ZP4 address correction engine is required to consider all candidate city records, then consider all candidate street records within each candidate city, then consider all candidate address records within each street, then finally select the "best" match. Even if an address has already been processed with CASS Certified™ software, reprocessing the address with a subsequent database edition requires that the complete matching procedure be repeated, which can require a signficant and unpredictable number of probes and reads in the ZIP + 4® database.

Addresses that are already CASS processed and validated will have a barcode number. Using DirectDPV, users can bypass future CASS processing and immediately determine what address components have changed, simply by letting ZP4 perform a fast lookup of the barcode number in the DirectDPV database. DirectDPV will immediately indicate how any component (ZIP + 4, delivery point, carrier route, house number, predirectional, street name, suffix, postdirectional, unit name, apartment number) has changed since the address was previously CASS processed. As a result, updating lists with DirectDPV allows standardizing and revalidating addresses at very high speeds.

Benchmarks show ZP4's batch tools validate previously CASS processed address records five times faster when DirectDPV is used. (That's start-to-stop time, including all file I/O, application, and operating system overhead. A small percentage of records fed through DirectDPV will typically be marked as still requiring subsequent CASS processing, which is a required feature of DirectDPV logic.)

Once optional DirectDPV data is installed, ZP4 is able to automatically perform DirectDPV lookups. To process an address, DirectDPV requires the record has already been CASS processed and delivery point validated (or previously processed with DirectDPV).

DirectDPV processing may not be performed after the 30-day expiration date of the DirectDPV database. Once a DirectDPV database expires, you must purchase a current ZP4 edition to continue performing DirectDPV lookups.


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Semaphore Corporation is a non-exclusive licensee of the United States Postal Service®. The prices of Semaphore Corporation products are not established, controlled or approved by the Postal Service™. The following trademarks are owned by the United States Postal Service: DirectDPV, CASS, CASS Certified, ZIP + 4, Postal Service, and United States Postal Service. [DA#4.07]