January 24, 2016 12:59 pm

City of Edmonton wants 2016 census to be paper free

The City of Edmonton is looking to go completely paperless for the 2016 census.

Kendra Slugoski, Global News
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EDMONTON – The City of Edmonton is looking to go completely paperless for the 2016 census.

A tender has been issued for 600 mobile devices and cases to be used in the upcoming census program.

In 2014, the city conducted its census online and with a paper-based door-to-door program. It wants this year’s census to be paper-free.

The city has developed an app that will be installed on the mobile devices, which will “allow for real-time data collection by door-to-door census takers.”

Lori Yanish, a census spokesperson for the city, said the devices will help streamline the process since no data entry will be required.

The city has listed the LG G PAD II 8.0 LTE as its preferred device.

Yanish said the city will keep the devices after this year’s census to be used for the 2017 municipal election. She said the city may loan them out to other departments in between.

The city wants the devices before Feb.12. The census begins Apr. 1.

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