The USA is holding a major census in 2010, and HTC is there to help, with the custom designed and made HTC Census handheld device. Here is a video of the device in action, running what looks like Windows Mobile 5. While the interface appears clunky, the handheld is supposed to save the United State and its citizens around $ 1 billion in increased productivity, and I am sure its much faster to collate the data than all the paper forms that were used in the past.
The device used to collect the data includes a fingerprint sensor, a SiRF starIII GPS receiver, a CDMA/EV-DO modem compatible with the Sprint network, a 416MHz Marvell processor, a 3.5-inch touch screen displays, and an SD expansion slot. The HTC Census devices donâ€™t include telephony, but do include a phone jack for connecting to a landline if need be. Multiple and overlapping security features include fingerprint authentication, password authentication, role-based access, automatic data encryption during storage and transmission, firewalls, and virus protection.
140,000 HTC Census handhelds will be deployed, making it the largest single, one-time deployment of Windows Mobile devices to date according to Randy Siegel, Microsoft Federal telecommunications and mobility strategist, and resulting in a virtually paperless census.
See the video below:
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