GeoPlace changes to help local authorities and utilities exchange information faster


GeoPlace has implemented changes to the National Street Gazetteer (NSG) to allow local authorities and utilities to exchange information about streetworks notices more quickly and effectively.

Utilities and local authorities exchange a substantial volume of information about street works and must use an electronic transfer of notifications (ETON) system to do so. Any such system needs to comply with the technical specification which provides a ‘common language’ for the exchange of information. This helps to minimise transaction costs by ensuring that any local authority’s system can receive and understand communications from any utility (and vice versa).

Changes to the EToN schema came into legal force from October this year. The new schema, EToN 6, is the web-based streetworks transaction system and will enable inspection results to be sent as a web service transaction, rather than text files via File Transfer Protocol.

Local authorities and utility companies have been given a 6 month window to move over to the new system.

GeoPlace believes this solution is vital in allowing streetwork noticing to continue throughout the transition process, allowing local authorities and utilities to continue to share information on the timing and coordination of streetworks so that disruption on the road network can be kept to a minimum.

Announcing the move to EToN 6, Norman Baker, Under Secretary of State for Transport at the time said “It is estimated that about two thousand hours could be saved by councils and utility companies every week by using the new system, saving industry alone £600,000 a year. In total, the street works sector is expected to net savings of £14.3 million over the next 10 years, driving efficiencies and saving taxpayers’ money.”

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