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NORWICH, Vt. (May 18, 2010) – Maponics (www.maponics.com), provider of location-based data, announced today the initial release of Maponics School Boundaries TM , the first commercial GIS data product to include explicit attendance zone boundaries, the areas around public schools that define the households that attend them.
In addition to locally-sourced public school attendance zone (SAZ) boundaries for covered metro areas, the product dataset includes nationwide coverage of school district boundaries as well as private and public school locations and profiles.
School attendance zones are important to many industries, particularly in residential real estate with six million annual housing sales worth $1 trillion in the U.S. Parents consistently rate schools as a top factor in choosing where to live and Maponics School Boundaries can help them make more informed decisions.
Until now, school attendance zone boundaries were only available at the local level, and as a result, real estate professionals and consumers across the U.S. had to rely on the self-reported school information in property listings or on simple radius searches to show properties near school locations-neither of which can be used to provide online maps showing schools attendance zones.
"With their school boundaries product, Maponics is providing the means for parents to quickly and easily see public school options relative to property locations," said Andy Woolley, vice president at eNeighborhoods r. "This addresses a fundamental need in real estate search and we are actively looking at how we’d incorporate the school boundary data into our advanced real estate search to offer a better user experience."
"The response from our beta customers to Maponics School Boundaries has been overwhelmingly positive," said Darrin Clement, CEO of Maponics. "This product represents an important milestone for Maponics and addresses a fundamental demand in the real estate industry to enable a direct association between properties and corresponding school attendance zones."
Maponics has made a significant effort to establish local relationships with school districts throughout the country to obtain the latest official information. The first product release includes granular school attendance zone-level coverage for over 20 percent of the K-12 U.S. student population and 100 percent at the school district level. Maponics is poised for significant expansion in attendance zone coverage over the next several months, with at least 20 percent increase in student population coverage per quarter. For more information, visit www.maponics.com or call (800) 762-5158.
eNeighborhoods LLC, a division of Dominion Enterprises, is the nation’s premier compiler of real estate related home and neighborhood information, providing real estate and related industries with a comprehensive set of marketing and analytical tools. eNeighborhoods powers the Internet’s top real estate franchise Web site, remax.com, and maintains strategic alliances with major real estate franchisers, including RE/MAX International, Realogy, Century 21, Coldwell Banker, ERA, EXIT Realty, GMAC, Keller Williams, Prudential, and Realty Executives as well as many of the major independent brokerages. eNeighborhoods is the proud founding sponsor of NAR’s Good Neighbor Awards which educates, encourages and rewards outstanding community service by real estate professionals throughout the country. eNeighborhoods tools allow real estate professionals to market their services by providing high-impact, colorful presentations for print, email or online delivery. The eNeighborhoods PowerSuite gives real estate professionals quick and easy access to detailed information about any neighborhood in the country, including facts about schools, home values, crime rates, cost-of-living and other demographics.
Maponics specializes in location-based data and information for businesses, including neighborhood, carrier route and ZIP Code boundary data. Local search, real estate, mobile, social media and marketing firms rely on Maponics to power ultra-local interactive search, mapping, and ad targeting platforms, including Googler, Twitterr, Truliar, Citysearchr, Yellow Book USAr, infoUSAr , D&B, Dominion Enterprisesr (eNeighborhoodsr, Homes.comr and ForRent.comr), AccuDatar, Zventsr, HelloMetro, CitySquaresr, Looptr, Monster.comr, Zillowr, Lowe’sr and many others. The Maponics Online Store, powered by Maponics data, is the only place USPS.com refers to for postal maps. The company is located in Norwich, Vermont. Additional information can be found at www.maponics.com.