1Spatial & LSI Partnership Awarded Important U.S. Census Bureau Contract
1Spatial Software To Be Used in USA 2020 Decennial Census
CAMBRIDGE, England -- January 14, 2013
1Spatial, a geospatial company which manages the world’s largest spatial data
and its US partner, LSI, has signed a contract to supply the U.S. Census
Bureau with licenses and associated services in preparations for supporting
their Geographic Support System.
Through a long term engagement with the U.S. Census Bureau, 1Spatial and LSI
have developed and designed an automated conflation process to bring together
geospatial data from varied sources. 1Spatial’s agile approach to software
development will enable the Census team to gain valuable iterative operational
experience and work out efficiencies as the system develops.
The 1Spatial software is enterprise enabled for maximum efficiency and is
scalable to provide high performance, whilst maintaining flexibility. It has
been designed to protect investment by enabling operators to capture data
within a spatial rules engine and apply the knowledge gleaned consistently
throughout the organisation.
“This is a large, complex and mission critical spatial database that is
growing at 10-15% annually,” explained Tim Trainor, Geography Division Chief,
U.S. Census Bureau. “There are huge demands from the user community for
spatial and temporal accuracy and quality, together with stringent processing
We believe that 1Spatial and LSI’s solution will meet our expectations in
contributing to an agile, Service Orientated Architecture”.
“We are delighted that the U.S. Census Bureau has seen the enormous value and
benefits our solution can provide. The services provided by LSI and ourselves
will enable the U.S. Census Bureau to gain maximum benefit and returns on its
investment,” Marcus Hanke, CEO 1Spatial. “Drawing on proven ability to support
National Mapping and Charting Agencies data management tasks, 1Spatial and
LSI’s specialist consultancy and support teams will provide a real-world
understanding of the challenges and opportunities faced when managing this
level of spatial big data.”
“We have worked with 1Spatial on what we believe is a truly versatile solution
that will provide the client with the virtualisation and flexibility they
require and we look forward to moving forward with the project,” commented
Mary Brauer-Cox, President of LSI.
The software and services will be utilised by the Geography Division as part
of a new initiative in preparation for the 2020 Decennial Census. The
Geography Division maintains the geographic base data upon which U.S. censuses
and surveys are tabulated.
The Geographic Support System (GSS) Initiative is an integrated program of
improved address coverage, continual spatial feature updates and enhanced
assessment and measurement, which supports a targeted approach. The Address
Canvassing operation is one of several operations that precedes the national
census in 2020.
The data from the 2020 decennial census will be used to:
*determine the number of seats for the House of Representatives for each
*make decisions about the type of community services to provide
*distribute more than $400 billion in Federal funds to local, state and
tribal governments each year
*provideAge Searchinformation, for example for qualifying benefits.
Notes to Editors
1Spatial was acquired by Avisen in November 2011.
1Spatial technology already provides the foundations for data management and
processing solutions around the world. Customers include National Mapping and
Charting Agencies, utilities companies and defence and government departments.
For over 15 years, LSI has specialized in providing GIS technology and
expertise directly related to the production of high quality geospatial data.
LSI's innovative services include spatial data production, data re-use and
re-purposing, maintenance, software development, consultancy, enterprise-wide
data assessment and quality control.
About the U.S. Census Bureau
The Census Bureau serves as the leading source of quality data about the
nation's people and economy. It is the largest statistical agency in the
United States. The Census Bureau's mission is built around large-scale surveys
and censuses. Activities include survey questionnaire design, geographic
infrastructure, data collection, data processing and dissemination.
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