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From Erik Hatcher <>
Subject Re: Spatial Search on Postal Code
Date Fri, 04 Mar 2016 14:16:24 GMT
This is just like an implementation I recently worked on with a customer.  It’s very much
like this sort of thing ;) - 


It’s implemented with Solr, leveraging the Lucidworks Fusion query pipelines to do these

   - &zipcode=NNNNN comes in to the query pipeline
   - a sub-query is made to a separate zipcodes index (built from a CSV file of zipcodes and
their corresponding representative lat/lon)
   - the matching lat/lon is used to build the appropriate geo-filtering and sorting parameters
to pass on to the main collection

Straightforward, clean, and effective for the needs.

Erik Hatcher, Senior Solutions Architect <>

> On Mar 4, 2016, at 7:09 AM, Manohar Sripada <> wrote:
> Here's my requirement -  User enters postal code and provides the radius. I
> need to find the records with in the radius from the provided postal code.
> There are few ways I thought through after going through the "Spatial
> Search" Solr wiki
> 1. As Latitude and Longitude positions are required for spatial search. Get
> Latitude Longitude position (may be using GeoCoding API) of a postal code
> and use "LatLonType" field type and query accordingly. As the GeoCoding API
> returns one point and if the postal code area is too big, then I may end up
> not getting any results (apart from the records from the same postal code)
> if the radius provided is small.
> 2. Get the latitude longitude points of the postal code which forms a
> border (not sure yet on how to get) and build a polygon (using RPT). While
> querying use this polygon and provide the distance. Can this be achieved?
> Or Am I ruminating too much? :(
> Appreciate any help on this.
> Thanks

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