Spectrum™ Technology Platform Architecture

Spectrum™ Technology Platform from Pitney Bowes consists of a server that runs a number of modules. These modules provide different functions, such as address validation, geocoding, and advanced parsing, among others. The following diagram illustrates the Spectrum™ Technology Platform architecture.


The foundation of the Spectrum™ Technology Platform is the server. The server handles data processing, synchronizes repository data, and manages communication. It provides job management and security features.


Modules are sets of features that perform a specific function. For example, the Universal Addressing Module standardizes addresses to conform to postal standards. The Enterprise Tax Module determines the tax jurisdictions that apply to a given address. Modules are grouped together to solve common business problems and licensed together as bundles.


Modules are comprised of components which perform a specific function in a flow or as a service. For example, the Enterprise Geocoding module's Geocode US Address component takes an address and returns the latitude and longitude coordinates for that address; the Universal Addressing module's Get City State Province takes a postal code and returns the city and state or province where that postal code is located.

The components that you have available on your system depend on which Spectrum™ Technology Platform bundle you have licensed.


Some modules depend on databases containing reference data. For example, the Universal Addressing module needs to have access to U.S. Postal Service data in order to verify and standardize addresses in the U.S. Databases are installed separately and some are updated on a regular basis to provide you with the latest data.

Modules have both required and optional databases. Optional databases provide data needed for certain features that can enhance your Spectrum™ Technology Platform process.

Management Console

Management Console is a tool for administering Spectrum™ Technology Platform. You can use Management Console to:

  • Define the connections between Spectrum™ Technology Platform and your data
  • Specify the default settings for services and flows
  • Manage user accounts, including permissions and passwords
  • View logs
  • View licenses including license expiration information

Enterprise Designer

Enterprise Designer is a tool for creating Spectrum™ Technology Platform jobs, services, subflows, and process flows. It utilizes an easy drag-and-drop interface to allow you to graphically create complex dataflows.

Metadata Insights

Metadata Insights gives you the control you need to deliver accurate and timely data-driven insights to your business. Use Metadata Insights to develop data models, view the flow of data from source to business application, and assess the quality of your data through profiling. With this insight, you can identify the data resources to use to answer particular business questions, adapt and optimize processes to improve the usefulness and consistency of data across your business, and troubleshoot data issues.

Web Services and API

You can integrate Spectrum™ Technology Platform capabilities into your applications using web services and programming APIs. These interfaces provide simple integration, streamline record processing, and support backward compatibility of future versions.

The Spectrum™ Technology Platform API is available for these languages:

  • C
  • C++
  • COM
  • Java
  • .NET

Web services are available via SOAP and REST.