Skip to comments.2010 Census Goes High Tech With Data-Only HTC'Census' GPS Smartphone (Geek&Re-Districting Alert)
Posted on 05/02/2007 2:25:32 PM PDT by longtermmemmory
Well folks, it looks like the U.S. Census Bureau is finally getting high-tech for their 2010 census. With $600 million poured into the Field Data Collection Automation (FDCA) project, half a million (500,000) field enumerators will be getting hooked up with a HTC Census smartphone. Armed with an EVDO data-only Windows Mobile 5.0 Pocket PC, and integrated GPS, the enumerator's job of collecting absentee census information will get nice and streamlined. As a high-tech plus, the built-in GPS unit also keeps the enumerator honest.
Back in 2000, I was actually a census enumerator. My job consisted of driving to households to gather the census information that they forgot or neglected to mail back. In my day, enumerators used paper forms to write in the information, and we often lied about mis-reported the number of hours we worked and the mileage that we racked up. I remember thinking that there had to be a better way to do this.
And here it is! The HTC Census just earned FCC approval and is planned to go live on Sprint's CDMA network with EV-DO data. The Census runs an Intel Bulverde 416MHz CPU with a Sirf Star III GSC3LTi GPS chipset, and integrated fingerprint reader. The specs are pretty impressive, but without voice capability this thing is really just a glorified PDA, not a smartphone.
With the HTC Census' GPS chip, Big Brother is gonna be putting the kibosh on mis-reporting and inaccurate data for the 2010 U.S. Census. It's too bad that this batch of enumerators won't be getting paid for any 'extra' hours or mileage.
Here it is again, with your statement in bold and mine in italics. I'd appreciate an answer since it will be one of the topics brought up for discussion very soon.
A lot of the information is used for school and local highway and road construction planning.
People have to sign up their kids for school, right? And the school can see with their own eyeballs how empty or full the classes are, or how many extra books they have, or how many they lack.
The city planners can see for themselves, while driving, what the condition of the roads are, how congested or dangerous they are, etc. They can ask cops and taxi drivers. Citizens calling in and complaining about a particular road or area provide the rest of the info.
Why should we spend our tax dollars to fund this government survey when the same answers can be found without it?
I think that is the point of the GPS data tracking the survey entry.
This way if they enter 100 names at teh same location it will cause flags to pop up.
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