Introduction to Spectrum Databases

Spectrum databases contain reference data from trusted data providers that is used to enhance and validate your data. For example, to perform address validation, Spectrumâ„¢ Technology Platform uses official address data from the postal authority to compare your address to the official address. Other types of processing that use Spectrum databases include geocoding, location intelligence functions like point-in-polygon or travel directions, and tax jurisdiction assignment for a given address.

We update Spectrum databases periodically to provide you with the most up-to-date data from third-party data providers. Database updates occur independently from software updates, in some cases quarterly or even monthly. When a database update is available you will receive an email notification that includes a link to download the updated database. You should install it as soon as possible so that you are using the most accurate data available.

Only some modules use Spectrum databases. Modules that use Spectrum databases include the Enterprise Tax Module, the Enterprise Geocoding Module, the Global Sentry Module, and the Universal Addressing Module. To view the modules you have installed that use Spectrum databases, open Management Console and go to Resources > Spectrum Databases then click the Add button . If you have modules that use Spectrum databases, they are listed in the Modules field.