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Census deal is biggest yet for Belfast software firm Totalmobile

Pleased: Totalmobile’s Jim Darragh
Pleased: Totalmobile’s Jim Darragh
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By Ryan McAleer

Northern Ireland software firm Totalmobile has secured its biggest contract to date, working on the 2021 Census.

The Belfast-based company will provide software to the Office for National Statistics (ONS) to help staff who are speaking to households for the Census.

It will see ONS staff use Totalmobile's mobile technology for what will be one of the most technically and digitally advanced Census operations in history.

The tech company's scheduling software will be used for staff to follow up with the public to ensure they have the support they need to complete the 2021 Census. The value of the deal has not been given but it's thought to be worth millions of pounds.

Chief executive Jim Darragh confirmed it's the firm's largest contract to date. He said it followed a successful trial of Totalmobile's technology by ONS, with 750 staff already adopting the Belfast firm's mobile working and scheduling software.

"We have been working hard with the ONS since early 2018, tasked with delivering a market-leading software solution for ONS's social survey division," he said.

"We are delighted that this partnership will now be extended into such a vital programme like the 2021 Census, and demonstrates clearly the effectiveness, usability and scalability of our technology."

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The contract follows a strong performance in the first quarter of 2019 by the company. Totalmobile reported that software revenues and mobile deployments grew at record numbers, while it also acquired English companies Technological Business Solutions and CloudDialogs.

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