Most of the devices were owned by field officers, so we needed to be transparent about the information we would be using, so that they would feel comfortable enrolling the app on their personal devices.Ved Gupta, Australian Bureau of Statistics The (ABS) has deployed an app to allow Census 2016 field officers to fully use the power of their mobile devices.The Census Collect app, developed by the ABS, was delivered to 33,000 field officers by Mobile Mentor, using device management software from MobileIron. The ABS says the app significantly increased staff efficiency, improved management information available in the field and greatly reduced paper waste. \u201cThanks to Mobile Mentor and the MobileIron device management software, the ABS\u2019 new mobile application dramatically improved our access to management information on the collection activity and worker efficiency,\u201d says Ved Gupta, assistant director of the Census 2016, technology services division. \u201cWe needed a secure, simple, scalable way to deploy our app to a broad range of Android and iOS devices,\u201d says Gupta, in a statement.No caption\u201cMost of the devices were owned by field officers, so we needed to be transparent about the information we would be using, so that they would feel comfortable enrolling the app on their personal devices.\u201d No captionThe app helps field officers deliver Census materials and to follow-up those that had not completed the Census. The app included mapping functionality and also helped field officers plan and manage their workload.No caption\u201cIt\u2019s great to see the government innovating with mobility solutions to meet this massive project and we are very proud to have been a part it,\u201d says Randall Cameron, managing director, Mobile Mentor Australia. \u201cWe\u2019d like to think that our independence from any one Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) vendor, combined with our agnostic approach to devices, meant we were able to offer the ABS what we felt was the lowest risk option,\u201d he states. \u201cWe selected MobileIron as the best technology fit due to architectural simplicity and proven scalability.\u201d Follow CIO New Zealand on Twitter:@cio_nzSign up for CIO newsletters for regular updates on CIO news, views and events.Join us on Facebook.