California, USA, 22 June 2006: ESRI has announced that its ArcPad mobile GIS platform will be a component of the Field Data Collection Automation (FDCA) project for the 2010 U.S. Census.
Harris Corporation of Melbourne, Florida, has been selected by the U.S. Census Bureau as the system integrator and prime contractor for a $600 million, five-year program to develop and implement an automated system for field data collection. The FDCA program will support census field enumerators who will follow up and collect survey data from households that did not return their census forms. The field enumerator will be equipped with GPS-enabled mobile devices, which will include ESRI’s ArcPad software. ArcPad enables field personnel to capture and display geographic information in near real time.
The capabilities offered in the field enumerator’s mobile GIS platform include a visual GPS indicator and a visual display of a planned route with nonresponse follow-up address assignments. Rick Ayers, ESRI business development manager, reports that ArcPad’s mobile GIS capabilities will be tightly integrated with other mobile solutions necessary to carry out the census. ArcPad will be customized to support tasks such as “navigation, adding and removing living quarters, and updating of street features.”