Android devices to help U.S. Census takers with future head counts

Android devices to help U.S. Census takers with future head counts
U.S. Census takers might soon be armed with an Android smartphone or tablet to instantly upload census information obtained door-to-door. Previously, the information would be written down on paper attached to a clipboard. We don't have to tell you all of the things that might take place with the clipboard and handwritten form that could result in incorrect census information. In addition, instantly uploading the data means that a more accurate count gets to Washington much faster than before.

As a test for the 2020 census, smartphone wielding bean counters will be in Savannah, Georgia, and in Maricopa County, Arizona this year to knock on the doors of those who don't fill out a census form available on the internet. Additionally, those in Savannah and in South Carolina will be able to fill out the census anywhere by using their own personal smartphone and their address. Usually, a special government-generated number is needed to complete the questionnaire.

Last year, a test run took place in Washington, D.C., and Montgomery County, Maryland. The census takers were armed with iPhones to handle the follow-up visits. But Census Director John H. Thompson said Android flavored handsets will be employed this year. "Everything will be on those smartphones. No paper," he said.

source: AP via AndroidAuthority

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