Geocoding is the process of transforming a specific address to a pair of geographic coordinates (x and y values).
Some common tasks in Compass Route Builder, such as adding new Students, adding new Schools, or creating Stops, require that addresses are converted into coordinates. Compass uses these coordinates to produce Runs and Routes. You can use the Coordinates Tool to disclose x and y values associated with an address or point on the Map. Let’s take a look at Schools Management to illustrate how this is done in Compass:
There are three different tools available for Geocoding under the address text box: A red button that is used to disclose address and coordinates, a green button that can be used to disclose only coordinates and a white button that links an address to its associated coordinates.
If you know the exact location on the Map, you can disclose the address and coordinates at the same time with the red Geocoding button as follows:
The green Geocoding button gives the user the option to enter the address manually and even customize the way such address is displayed. To do so:
The white Geocoding button, represented by a magnifier icon, allows users to link an address to its corresponding coordinates. To link an address with its associated coordinates:
After an actual address is entered in its text box, if the user clicks on the white Geocoding button and the system recognizes its associated coordinates, a pop-up window with such address and geocoding information will be displayed on the Map on the corresponding location.
Sometimes, even an actual address already existing in the database can’t be found in the Map. This often happens because it takes some time to update the map’s information after recent developments. In that case, the system might be able to geolocate the address and assign coordinates to it, but no graphic information of the current street layout would be displayed.
This feature is specially useful when admin users find Students with missing Geocoding information in the database. When this occurs, a red warning question mark will be displayed on the left of the Student’s ID.
By following this method, the user can disclose the associated coordinates and save that information.