Harris Corporation, the US systems integrator for the 2010 census, selected Sprint Nextel as the exclusive provider of wireless and mobile data services for the project. Published every 10 years, the use of Sprint Nextel and its wireless technologies will help further and bring accuracy and efficiency to the US Census in real time.
140, 000 field workers since April have used custom-made Harris products on the Sprint Network to make the process much faster and more accurate than in years past. Each device has a built in GPS system, eliminating the need for paper maps, as well a fingerprint scanner for security purposes. Sprint will also provide Harris with 1, 500 mobile broadband data cards as well as other services to the program.
“Sprint provides the best value for the government by offering a cost-effective converged solution for the cellular and landline data needs of the program, while also leveraging a robust portfolio of managed services and their secure and reliable Now Network. As a result of the combined solutions and technology provided by Sprint and Harris, the 2010 Decennial Census is expected to be the most accurate in U.S. history, ” said Vice President of Harris Census Programs Mike Murray.
The contract with Harris Corporation and recent formation of its Business Market Group (BMG) is part of Sprint Nextel’s efforts to diversity its client base.