Applying relevant geospatial technology to solve Population and Housing Census challenges enables us to provide truly unique solutions to national statistical offices (NSOs).

Our solutions consist of products and services. Smart Census is our modular turnkey software solution for census mapping, enumeration and dissemination. We also provide census technical support through consultancies and dedicated training programs.

Smart Census

SmartClient for Census was the original software developed by GeoSpace in association with Hexagon Geospatial for the census domain. SmartClient for Census has subsequently been integrated into Smart Census. Whereas SmartClient for Census provided a solution to Pre-enumeration census mapping (only) Smart Census is a modular software platform covering the entire census cycle!

Smart Census is the culmination of experience gained in more than 20 countries over more than two decades. The software was developed on Hexagon Geospatial’s M.App Enterprise.

It combines traditional GIS functionality with a powerful workflow and workforce management tool to provide a total solution that covers all the phases of a census: pre-enumeration mapping; digital enumeration (including logistics, workforce training and management, CAPI and dynamic progress reporting); as well as the dissemination of census results through dynamic Smart M.Apps. Hexagon Geospatial is the largest geospatial solution provider in the world.

Census consulting services

We provide census technical consultancies and training services covering all aspects of census planning and management. Our services are usually provided to NSOs through development partners e.g. UNFPA, Sida, Lux Development, DFID and World Bank as well as through direct procurement by countries.

Our Approach

Every country and every NSO is unique. We are sensitive and geared to provide optimal support or solution(s) to each country. Hence we usually start our involvement in a census project with a detailed situational assessment. We then configure and customise the Smart Census platform to meet the unique needs and requirements of each country/project.

Our track record

Since 1997 GeoSpace has provided products and services in the census domain to several countries. The list include: Botswana, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kazahkstan, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Seychelles, South Africa, Southern Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, The Gambia and Zambia.

What makes us unique?

The key to our success is the fusion between our geospatial- and census domain expertise.

Case study: Statistics South Africa (StatsSA)

StatsSA, the largest and arguably the most advanced NSO in Africa, has been a GeoSpace client since 1997. StatsSA is currently using our proven software platform (from Hexagon Geospatial) and services through a long-term Service Level Agreement(SLA).

Through the SLA GeoSpace provides the Hexagon Smart Census and desktop GIS software platform as well as associated training, software customization and technical support to StatsSA for: 

  • The maintenance of the StatsSA Dwelling Unit Frame
  • Census/Survey interview platform that integrates the StatsSA CAPI technology with the navigation and survey management and reporting functionality provided by our platform
  • Dissemination of census and survey results using the Smart M.App module of the Smart Census platform

Our technology partners in the census domain

Airbus Defence and Space and Hexagon Geospatial has been the preferred technology partners of GeoSpace International in the Census domain since 1999 and 2002 respectively.

Airbus provides the ideal imagery base map for census projects. It consists of 1.5m resolution SPOT 6&7 imagery at national level complemented by 50cm Pleiades imagery for more densely populated urban settlements. The Airbus base map is optimal in terms of cost, currency and level of detail required by census applications

+ Geospace Census Base map

+ Airbus Defence and Space

Smart Census is a based on M.App Enterprise from Hexagon Geospatial. Hexagon is a leading geospatial solution provider in the world! Smart Census is part of the Hexagon Geospatial suite of software products.

+ Hexagon Geospatial

+ Smart Census

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