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Latest Tablet Fans: U.S. Census Bureau

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December 2, 2011
FedCyber Wire, Technology
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The next U.S. census isn’t until 2020, but the U.S. Census Bureau is planning ahead to ensure its use of mobile devices to collect data in the field will be working smoothly next time around.

The bureau has awarded Agilex a four-year contract to develop new mobile applications so fieldworkers can use tablets such as iPads and Android-based devices to collect information, according to the company, which is not disclosing the financial terms of the deal.

A handheld device snafu¬†infamously hampered¬†information collection during last year’s census, costing the bureau time and money when it was hoping to expedite data collection by using custom handheld devices in the field to forgo paper-based collection.

While Agilex’s work will most likely improve processes during the next census, the company also is addressing the bureau’s current needs to improve field data collection, said Ira Entis, president of the systems integrator’s advanced technologies business.

“It’s both thinking about the future but also tactically looking at immediate needs for evolving how they use mobile technology,” he said about his company’s work with the bureau.

via InformationWeek Government, continued here.