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Automated data integration contributes to $5 billion saving for US Census

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Transport Canberra and City Services

Transport Canberra and City Services (TCCS) plays a lead role in connecting people to services in the ACT, through an integrated transport network, upgrades to the public realm and managing public assets such as playgrounds, street furniture and urban trees.

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Arizona Department of Transportation

The Arizona Department of Transport has bought 1Spatial’s 1Integrate product to validate its state-wide road network. The Department will validate and integrate its own road network information with regular updates from multiple contributing government bodies within the state.

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Northumbrian Water

Northumbrian Water (NWL) assumed responsibility for an estimated 13,500 km of private drains and sewers when the law changed to transfer ownership from property owners to local water companies. However, only 5% of the inherited network was mapped.

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Network Rail

1Spatial was chosen by Network Rail to provide its geospatial technology, which underpins an innovative web-based mapping and asset management solution.

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City of Marseille

The city of Marseille wanted to improve decision-making by giving city managers easier access to consistent and authoritative geospatial data.

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KLIM-CICC

The KLIM–CICC project (federal point of Contact for Information on Cables and Pipes) started in 2005 as an initiative of the federal government of Belgium in cooperation with the Belgian electricity transport company ELIA, the federation of pipeline transport companies FETRAPI, and the construction industry.

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National Trust

Agricultural grants are an important source of income for the National Trust, which is responsible for 250,000 hectares of open land in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

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Ordnance Survey Ireland (OSi)

We have been working with OSi since 1979 in the provision of technology for the capture and management of their large scale digital data.

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United Utilities

With more complete, more accurate geospatial data, United Utilities can run more accurate deterioration models and build better predictive maintenance plans. In turn, this enables the company to reduce cost and replace more assets at the optimal point, before they fail.

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Automated data integration contributes to $5 billion saving for US Census

The US Census, conducted every ten years, is the largest civilian activity in America. It is used to apportion democratic representation in the House of Representatives and to determine the allocation of $400 billion of federal funds each year.

The entire census operation is underpinned by geographical data covering the addresses of 135 million homes, the boundaries of 40,000 government organisations and the entire road network of the US. The master database – MAF/TIGER – is updated with data from 3,200 counties and other organisations.

For the 2010 census, the validation and integration process was largely manual and very labour-intensive. The resulting changes required further field validation by employing 140,000 canvassers to walk or drive every street in the country.

The census bureau wanted to automate and streamline the process to reduce cost and support a more efficient census operation.

Solution

1Spatial proposed a solution built on 1Integrate to automate the validation and integration of data submissions. By automatically identifying differences between new data submissions and existing records, then making approved changes automatically, the solution enabled the bureau to process more files more quickly. As a result, MAF/TIGER was more accurate and up-to-date.

Outcome

The automated integration solution meant that MAF/TIGER was more reliable and required less field canvassing to validate the records. The number of field canvassers required for 2020 will be just 25% of the 2010 figure.

The solution also enables census bureau to augment its data with existing records from other organisations, such as “Gone Away” records from the US Postal Service and road data from commercial data providers. Better information will reduce the need for post-census follow-up for non-completion.

Altogether, automated, rules-based validation and integration contribute to total costs avoided of $5 billion for the 2020 census.

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