It’s with great excitement that we release our latest and greatest datasets. This release features updates on several existing databases, as well as two new databases and an updated data schema! Here are the details –
Updated Data –
(1) Updated Hydrography data layer – If you’re going to build a flood model (which we’ve done) and you want to be able to accurately code AAIS’ Fire Protection Class (which we do), you need to know where the water is located. We put a ton of effort into building a hydrography data that contains the best stream, lake, river and pond data available. The good news is that we get better and better each time we update this data and this latest release represents our best effort yet!
(2) MORE HYDRANTS – We’re now up to 9.6 million hydrant locations in the US, with still more to come. Distance to the nearest hydrant is a critical factor in homeowner’s insurance, so we do our best to make this file as accurate and comprehensive as possible. It’s not enough to know the counts of fire hydrants in a place, you have to know where they are. We do. If you see some areas that you know have hydrants and we haven’t covered the area yet, let us know!
New Data –
Everyone loves new data. But we know that new data can also scare people, as it sometimes takes a while to figure out just how valuable that new data can be. The good news is that existing API customers get this data included automatically (aka – no charge) included with your API feed! Woohoo!
(1) Police Stations – We’ve added a database of police stations, which includes distance to the nearest police station and the number of stations within 5 miles of your location. We realize that police are way more mobile than, say, firefighters. But people still like to know where the police stations are located. So now you have them.
(2) Clandestine Drug Labs – We built this data because Bob watches too much “Breaking Bad.” While watching the show on the plane out to see a specialty lines carrier, Bob got to thinking “I wonder if a database of drug labs would be valuable to insurers?” The carrier said “Yes! Very! And I’d like to know the number within 5 miles!” A database was born. We’ll tell you the location of the Drug Lab and the year it was reported.
Technology Update –
One of the issues our technology friends tell is “you guys need a schema that gives us lots of info.” So we did. In fact, here’s a sample of what it looks like –