Release Notes

What's New with Service Objects' Products

Recent updates, improvements, bug fixes and products launches for our Customer Data Validation products.

2023

December 2023

FastTax

Special districts tax rate support

FastTax updated the match algorithm to incorporate special districts and their tax rates, with a focus on Texas. 

FastTax

Alpha values in street number

FastTax improved handling of Alpha values in street numbers, for example “12A67 W Main St.”

Address Validation

USPS core address monthly update

Address Validation – US synced with monthly update from the United States Postal Service. 

Name Validation

Update to detect unknown consonant clusters

Name Validation updated with faster and more efficient detection of consonant clusters. 

December 2023

November 2023

Email Validation

New Python sample code library for Email Validation

This is a new sample Python code library that can be used for both trial and production license keys and implements failover and best practices.

FastTax

Q4 tax rates update to FastTax

FastTax Sales and Use tax rates updated for US and Canada.

Address Validation

Added accessibility features for Global Address Complete

Global Address Complete now includes accessibility features that can be turned on or off via settings in Javascript.  When turned on the solution will do the following. 

  • High contrast between text and background colors.
  • Add id’s to the generated html elements so that screen readers can identify the various html elements and which elements are selected.

October 2023

Lead & Customer Validation

Improved cross-matching and scoring

Lead Validation – International refined matching algorithms and introduces new checks for awarding extra points for verified matches, addressing the issue of previously awarding too many points for unverified matches, and includes improvements in cross-matching data points like name, email, and phone with additional tests and scoring for high-quality matches.

Lead & Customer Validation

Garbage business name detection updated

Updated ‘Garbage Company Detection’ in Lead Validation – International improves detection of bogus business names through criteria like unusual word patterns, character sequences, and keyboard strokes, while minimizing false positives for legitimate businesses with corresponding data

Lead & Customer Validation

Active/inactive phone number check added

Lead Validation – International  now includes a more authoritative data source for US mobile numbers, enhancing the detection of Active/Inactive numbers and enabling more accurate “IsDisconnected” results and point deductions for leads.

Name Validation

Refined algorithm for unknown names

Name Validation has been updated to enhance handling of unknown names, especially those of Eastern European origin, by refining consonant cluster garbage detection and applying severe penalties only for truly unknown consonant clusters.

Phone Validation 

JSON query string allowed per operation

Phone Append now supports JSON query string responses for operations, offering a safer alternative to path parameters, where URLs can break with special characters.

Phone Validation

Connected/disconnected phone detect added

GeoPhone Plus has enhanced its capability to detect active/inactive status of US wireless numbers, now providing a more authoritative “IsDisconnected” flag for known inactive lines and more frequently identifying active lines with the “IsConnected” flag.

October 2023

August 2023

Phone Validation

Improved extension parsing

Phone Validation – International has been updated with improved extension parsing with reduced false positives.

Phone Validation

Expanded phone validation coverage

Phone Validation – International significantly improves the detection of valid numbers in specific countries, including the Aland Islands and Luxembourg, enhancing overall accuracy and reliability in these regions.

Phone Validation

Repeating 3 digit detection improved

Phone Validation – International more effectively identifies and flags repeating 3-digit numbers for fraud and garbage.

July 2023

Name Validation

Celebrity name check updated

Name Validation now checks for celebrity names contained within a larger name, adjusting penalties based on name length and quality of first or last names.

Name Validation

Abbreviated names support added

Name Validation now includes an ‘AllowAbbreviations’ option, enabling it to process names with abbreviations in either the first or last name and disables name swapping to prevent misinterpretation by the internal parser.

Name Validation

Improved support for multiple middle names

Name Validation has updated its middle name checks to align with first and last name logic, enhancing accuracy by reducing false negatives and positives, and now includes similar checks for multiple middle names.

Name Validation

Changed the 'SingleName' option to 'AutoDetectName'

Name Validation has renamed the ‘SingleName’ option to ‘AutoDetectName’ and split the foreign name SQL query into two separate checks for enhanced performance.

FastTax

Logic improved for tax rates for unincorporated addresses

FastTax has added new optional County and CountryDistrict rates that will be used in lieu of normal rates when an address is detected as unincorporated. 

FastTax

Improved location detection for tax rates

FastTax  fixed a bug that was causing zip level responses to be returned for the PlaceName when a better address level result could have been found using the original city name.

July 2023

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