Census updates geospatial data with Avineon

The Census Bureau awarded Avineon Inc. of Alexandria, Va., a $3 million contract through the vendor's partnership with Harris Corp. to provide geographic information systems support to improve the accuracy of the bureau's address database.

Avineon will realign digital data, including the location and name of streets, rivers, railroads and other geographic features for the Census Bureau's Master Address File/Topologically Integrated Geographic Encoding and Referencing databases.

The end dataset will be more spatially accurate, which will let Census Bureau field personnel better locate streets and addresses to conduct the 2010 census.

Avineon will update data for 266 counties in 2006; last year, it delivered data for 242 counties.

Census, an agency of the Commerce Department, awarded the MAF/TIGER Accuracy Improvement Project contract in 2002 to Harris, which has subcontracted with Avineon.

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Mary Mosquera is a reporter for Federal Computer Week.

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