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Lynbrook company helps Census

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Optimum Solutions Corp., a Lynbrook company, says it will play a crucial role in the U.S. Census tabulation of 2010 data on the nation’s population and demographics. It will provide the “mark sense engine” technology that helps recognize answers on questionnaires, the company said.

The Census Bureau “has again turned to a Long Island based company to provide data capture technology necessary to ensure that the 2010 Census is the most accurate in American history,” Optimum Solutions said in a Thursday announcement on its website.

The company also provided software for the 2000 Census.

“We are honored to be working with the United States Census Bureau and the Lockheed Martin Federal Systems Division on this historic national census program,” John Harrison, executive vice president of sales and marketing, said in a news release.

“Widely regarded as the fastest, most accurate mark sense engine, our software has been heralded and relied upon by leading Fortune 100 and other 'blue chip' companies and now twice by the United States Bureau of the Census.”

Optimum Solutions said the Census will use its  Fast Accurate Questionnaire Scanning System software.

The technology is based on the idea of finding real responses rather than marks, and the “answer recognition engine” discriminates between erasures, cross-outs and real marks with an accuracy rate better than 99 percent, the company said.

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