Census plans to build roughly 500 LANs for next decennial census

The Census Bureau late last month awarded a two-year, $50 million contract to Unisys
Corp. to build LANs in temporary local field offices that will be used for the 2000
Census.


Unisys will install, integrate and maintain the hardware and software to create an
automation infrastructure for 450 to 520 local Census offices. Census will open 130
offices in December. The rest of the sites are likely to be running by the following
December, Census officials said.


Unisys will use leased hardware and software to integrate systems that connect each LAN
to one of 12 regional Census centers. The software will include Microsoft Windows 95,
Novell NetWare and applications from Oracle Corp., Sybase Inc. and PeopleSoft Inc. of
Pleasanton, Calif., Census officials said.


The indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract has a 57 percent contracting goal
for small, disadvantaged and women-owned businesses.


The Unisys team includes:

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