Harris Corporation Selected for $600 Million U.S. Census Bureau Field Data Collection Automation Program
MELBOURNE, Florida, March 30, 2006 — Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS) today announced that it has been selected by the U.S. Census Bureau for the five-year, $600 million Field Data Collection Automation (FDCA) program. The FDCA program will fully integrate the multiple automated systems required to efficiently and securely obtain field census data for the 2010 Census.
Harris will serve as the systems integrator and provide overall program management. Members of the Harris team include: Accenture LLP, which will provide mobile computing applications and enterprise support systems; Unisys Corporation, which will provide nationwide support and service for approximately 500 Census Bureau field offices; Dell Computer Corporation, which will provide office computing equipment; High Tech Computer Corporation, which will provide the mobile computing equipment; Sprint, which will provide telecommunications services; Oracle, which will provide database support; Client Network Services, Inc., which will provide engineering and field technician support; and Headstrong, which supported the enterprise architecture development for the 2010 Census.
“We are very excited about this win and to have the opportunity to strengthen our partnership with the U.S. Census Bureau,” said Al Dukes, president of the Civil Programs business unit of the Harris Government Communications Systems Division. “The Census Bureau has a very critical mission that ultimately impacts all aspects of our lives, from legislative redistricting to disbursement of federal funds. Harris and its teammates are fully committed to ensuring the total mission success of the FDCA program.”
Traditionally, Census field data collection was handled primarily through paper address lists, maps and questionnaires, resulting in high labor costs and potential errors due to the magnitude of the labor-intensive data collection processes. For the 2010 Decennial Census, the Census Bureau plans to use automated systems to directly capture information collected during interviews, reducing the need for paper-based processing while increasing operational efficiency, improving accuracy, and reducing costs. The FDCA program will provide advanced, automated systems that deliver data to the Census Bureau’s computing systems in near real-time for integration with other data sources.
These systems will support the data collection activities of Census Bureau enumerators and local census offices during the 2008 dress rehearsal and ultimately the 2010 Decennial Census. At the peak of data collection operations during the 2010 Census, the FDCA system will support approximately 500 local offices and over 500,000 enumerators.
In 2002, Harris was selected for an eight-year, $210 million program to integrate the Census Bureau’s Master Address File (MAF) and Topologically Integrated Geographic Encoding and Referencing (TIGER) databases as part of the Accuracy Improvement Project (MAF/TIGER AIP).
Harris Government Communications Systems Division conducts advanced research studies, develops prototypes, and produces and supports state-of-the-art, assured communications™ solutions and information systems that solve the mission-critical challenges of its military and government customers, while serving as the technology base for the company’s diverse commercial businesses. Harris Corporation is an international communications and information technology company serving government and commercial markets in more than 150 countries. With headquarters in Melbourne, Florida, the company has annual sales of over $3 billion and more than 13,000 employees — including 5,500 engineers and scientists. The company’s four operating divisions serve markets for government communications, RF communications, broadcast communications, and microwave communications. For more information, visit www.harris.com.
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