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Link Development provides tech for Egypt 2017 Census

Egypt completes largest electronic census in MEA using solutions from Link and Microsoft

Egypt has completed its 2017 census, supported by technology from Link Development and Microsoft.
Egypt has completed its 2017 census, supported by technology from Link Development and Microsoft.

Egypt's Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) has officially completed the Egypt 2017 Census, the largest electronic census in MEA.

CAPMAS announced the results of the census and thanked its technology partner Link Development.

The survey was conducted using digital solutions from Link Development, in partnership with the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (MCIT), CAPMAS and Microsoft.

The digital census was started in early 2017, with over 40,000 field agents deployed to collect data using Windows tablets across all 27 state governorates. Field agents collected data on buildings, population and commercial facilities.

A self-service website was created for the public to record their data (in the population phase) online.

General Abu Bakr Al-Gendy, CAPMAS President, said "It's a mega project! We merged Egypt's long-standing history and experiences in the arena of census with latest global technologies in a unique journey of digital transformation across Africa and the whole region.

"Link Development team delivered us a powerful, integrated digital platform that allowed collecting big amounts of census data for, real-time, interactive analysis over rich analytical dashboards using GIS technology. CAPMAS Operations Room was able to monitor all field work and review achieved results in real-time to take corrective actions; if needed."

Sylvana Mounir, Digital Services, General Manager and Board Member, Link Development, said: "We heartily congratulate CAPMAS for announcing the official results. Since the early stages of planning the digital census, all work groups at CAPMAS were focused on excellence in going digital; with determination to reach maximum efficiency and accuracy in the shortest time possible."

CAPMAS said that it has been approached by a number of countries and government bodies to consider replicating the census technology, since the launch.

Khaled Abdel Kader, General Manager, Microsoft Egypt, said "We have been working with Link Development for 20+ years as partners determined to provide highest quality digital solutions for the public sector. We congratulate CAPMAS on such a breakthrough success where one of the largest national databases in Egypt and the region was designed to manage now over 3 billion records using more than 20 terabytes of storage; all managed through a fully integrated, homogenous and Microsoft-based digital solution.

"It is a technological turning-point that offered, in an extraordinary short duration, a new digital baseline that will facilitate setting up state future plans and policies. We are willing to support regionally in replicating such digital transformation journeys."