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Smart census solution upgraded for pandemic era

Hexagon’s Smart Census 2020 tool allows households to complete census questionnaires online or over the telephone, reducing the need for in-person interviews and field-based data collection.

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Screenshot from the HxGN Smart Census 2020
Screenshot from the HxGN Smart Census 2020

The geospatial division of the sensor, software and autonomous solutions company, Hexagon, has launched the HxGN Smart Census 2020 tool for enhanced citizen data collection. It also aims to help officials safely conduct a census in the pandemic era.

 

An upgrade to its end-to-end population and housing census management solution, it claims to improve digital enumeration by allowing households to complete census questionnaires online or over the telephone, reducing the need for in-person interviews and field-based data collection.

 

Multi-modal data collection

 

HxGN Smart Census 2020’s new computer-assisted telephone interviewing and computer-assisted web interviewing modules complement its existing computer-assisted personal interviews capabilities, facilitating multimodal electronic data collection by national statistics offices.

 

It is hoped the telephone- and web-based capabilities will reduce administrative burden and costs, increase privacy for households and help government agencies and officials more safely carry out a census amid the coronavirus outbreak.

 

“Conducting a census is a large undertaking for national statistical offices. The current global pandemic makes it even harder for nations to collect critical population and housing data,” said Mladen Stojic, president of Hexagon’s geospatial division. “HxGN Smart Census 2020’s new self-enumeration capabilities are designed to minimise the use of field workers and help officials conduct a census in the safest possible way.”

“Conducting a census is a large undertaking for national statistical offices. The current global pandemic makes it even harder for nations to collect critical population and housing data”

Built on more than 20 years of population and housing census domain expertise, HxGN Smart Census 2020 combines traditional GIS functionality with a workflow and workforce management tool.

 

It provides a complete solution for each stage of the census cycle: pre-enumeration mapping, digital enumeration and post-enumeration dynamic mapping. With transparent pricing and flexible licensing models, HxGN Smart Census is configurable to meet the exact needs and requirements of census projects in every country in the world.   

 

Currently, HxGN Smart Census 2020’s self-enumeration capabilities are being implemented and tested in Europe for an upcoming 2021 census. 

 

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