Census gets demo run of PDA for 2010 Census

The Census Bureau has received a demonstration of the wireless handheld device that population counters will use as early as this spring in operations preparing for the 2010 Census.

The wireless personal digital assistant is a key component of the Field Data Collection Automation program, which Census awarded last year to Harris Corp. of Melbourne, Fla. Up to 500,000 census takers will use PDAs for address canvassing and nonresponse follow-up. Enumerators will directly capture information collected during interviews.

Harris plans to deliver 1,400 of the handheld units for the spring 2007 address update operations. The contractor also has completed the production readiness review for the 500,000 handheld units that will support the 2010 Census.

Harris said it demonstrated the PDA census operations with a centralized data processing center and a simulated census office.

Under the five-year, $600 million FDCA program, Harris will integrate the multiple automated systems required to efficiently and securely obtain field data for the 2010 Census.

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Mary Mosquera is a reporter for Federal Computer Week.

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