Melissa Data, a provider of data quality software and services, announced the release of Address Object for Linux, which allows Linux programmers to add powerful address verification and enhancement routines to their custom PC or Web applications.

Address Object for Linux verifies addresses, in real time or batch applications, by comparing the address submitted against the U.S. Postal Service's database of 140 million deliverable addresses. Once an address is verified, corrected and standardized to USPS specifications, a ZIP+4 code is appended to the record.

Address Object links an address to a time zone, congressional district or county. Address Object also returns latitude and longitude coordinates, which can be used to calculate distances to a dealer, store or service location.

The benefits of cleansing and enhancing data using Address Object for Linux can be measured in accurate mailing and shipping deliveries, successful target marketing, effective CRM campaigns, and reliable storage of data. Address validation protects Web registration pages against data-entry errors and fraud.

Address Object for Linux is built with shared bbject technology to provide easy installation and fast, complete integration with existing components. The first object to be released will operate in any Linux environment supported by an Intel x86 platform.

Melissa Data's Address Object engine is CASS-certified by the U.S. Postal Service for data accuracy. Address Object was originally developed for Windows.

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