Latest tech to be used in Abu Dhabi census

ABU DHABI — The Statistics Centre Abu Dhabi (SCAD) with more than 6,000 enumerators is all set to carry out the national census in the emirate for 2011.

By (Staff Reporter)

Published: Tue 13 Sep 2011, 10:47 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 10:54 AM

According to the centre, several training sessions have been organised for the census that will start on October 1 and conclude on October 6.

“The SCAD assures (everyone) that preparations for this national project are progressing as planned, with the training comprising four stages and types, the first of which is training of the centre directors and general supervisors that has already been completed,” the centre said in a statement.

The team that went under training and briefing sessions also included about 200 officials learning about the census methodology as well as technical and practical aspects. Some of them were selected to train newly recruited enumerators.

“Ten training centres have been created across the emirate for the convenience of trainees — three in Abu Dhabi city, three in Al Ain city and four in the Western region, in addition to a centre on the island of Delma,” the statement added.

The census was scheduled for 2010 but was delayed due to unexpected demographic change.

According to various surveys and studies including that of the National Bureau of Statistics responsible for carrying out the nationwide census, the current population of the UAE as of April 2011 was about 8.3 million with over seven million expatriates.

The studies also show a continuous increase in the population with huge influx of overseas manpower and foreign investors making the UAE their home. Since 2005, the country has seen an increase of over three million people.

In 1975, when the first count began, the UAE population was merely 557,887.

The statement said all matters and details relating to the Abu Dhabi Census 2011 project are receiving special attention and close follow-up, especially staff training.

The training team includes ten trainers with expertise in the methodology, ten trainers in information technology for the applications used in the project and three trainers in field work, in addition to a working group from the SCAD’s Support Services and Legal Section to apprise trainees of the various legal aspects.

The project will use the world’s latest technology and will seek to automate all procedures used for collection of data on buildings, households, establishments, hospitals, hotels and other necessary areas.

According to the SCAD, the project will use a full range of advanced systems and will contribute to the production of better statistical output within a short period of time, using state-of-the-art devices for the collection of spatial data, aided with GIS maps, enabling the communication of directions to field staff in a timely manner, before the end of the field work, which is followed by auditing and quality control processes.

The SCAD recommends that any enquiries be directed to the Call Centre, where about 40 staff are available to respond to individuals and households and to receive census related suggestions on phone No. 800555.

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