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How the Data Hub works

The Sentinel Data Hub is powered by sophisticated software that can be quickly and easily configured to extract data records from any structured source or database and bring them together to form a single holistic view.

Without overwriting or discarding any original data, the Hub merges and presents information according to a set of business rules that each customer can define. Acting on these rules, the Hub is able to validate, profile and automatically cleanse incoming records as they are received. This ensures a higher level of confidence in the data quality before proceeding to match records.

Where there is a close match on records, matching rules can be set to carry out the match automatically. Where there are less certain matching results, the rule can be set to propose the match for someone to investigate and decide upon. 

When matching personal data, the Hub's powerful functionality is able to consider all mistyped, misspelt and mispronounced name scenarios, as well as name transposition and common names/addresses.

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Collect

Having chosen the information that’s needed, data feeds are configured within the Hub to collect exactly what is required. Data can also be fed in from any external partners and agencies.

Validate

Configurable business rules can be added and maintained to validate, profile and (where appropriate) automatically cleanse the incoming records. There is no bespoke development required for any of these rules.

Merge

All incoming data is merged into single, accurate records that account for all mistyped, misspelt and mispronounced name scenarios. Subsequent data access is logged enabling clients to track entire record histories.

Share

Information in the Hub can be shared in controlled and compliant ways, either on-line through our Portal solutions, or via data feeds out to other systems and databases to ensure that everyone is working from the single, must trusted, version of the truth.

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An integrated data store that's always accurate, up-to-date and complete.

Features include:

  • Control over automatic updates

A 'Most Trusted Source' hierarchy is built into the Hub's data validation technology to allow you to decide when to over-write customer records for some data scenarios and not for others. This hierarchy can be defined for each of the individual fields of the records held in the Hub. The result is a most trusted source hybrid record from across your organisation.

  • Address matching utility

The Sentinel Data Hub takes advantage of Sentinel's own Address Matching Utility so that anomalies in the way addresses are captured and held, do not affect your ability to match customer records.

Further, the Data Hub can also match addresses based on any reference file you wish to use such as the PAF (Post Office Address File) or the LLPG (Local Land and Property Gazetteer).

  • Integration with external systems

The Sentinel Data Hub will also allow you to integrate with key external agencies and partners. It also processes data to HL7 standards in order to connect with NHS systems as well as offering a standard interface to connect with the SIF platform for all schools MIS data.

  • Easy to configure

No bespoke development is required to apply or change business rules and the Hub can easily be re-configured to receive new or changed data feeds. Once a core index is in place, the Sentinel Data Hub can be extended to accommodate all of the information you need to share across your organisation.

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