The Manila Times

Smart­matic bags Mex­ico con­tract


SMART­MATIC, the tech­nol­ogy provider for the coun­try’s first-ever na­tion­wide au­to­mated elec­tions, has em­barked in its lat­est ven­ture over­seas, in a part­ner­ship with the Mex­i­can gov­ern­ment.

The Smart­matic-Cross Match con­sor­tium was cho­sen by the Sec­re­taría de Gober­nación de Méx­ico (Sec­re­tar­iat of Gov­er­nance, SEGOB) to pro­vide mod­ern tech­nolo­gies that would serve to up­grade and pro­tect the Mex­i­can na­tional reg­istry.

The SEGOB pur­chased 2000 PARk­its ma­chines, cost­ing $23 mil­lion, that will be uti­lized for the regis­tra­tion and en­cod­ing of fin­ger­prints, iris, fa­cial fea­tures, and dig­i­tal sig­na­tures of more than 100 mil­lion Mex­i­can cit­i­zens.

Smart­matic will sup­ply the over­all tech­no­log­i­cal ar­chi­tec­ture of the project, which in­cludes pro­vid­ing por­ta­ble com­put­ers and soft­ware, sys­tems in­te­gra­tion, train­ing, and first level end-user sup­port.

As a lead­ing de­vel­oper, sup­plier, and im­ple­menter of mod­ern vot­ing sys­tems, Smart­matic was the first com­pany to pro­vide au­ditable printed re­ceipts in an elec­tronic vot­ing sys­tem, which al­lowed votes to be ac­cu­rately ver­i­fied while re­main­ing fully au­to­mated. Aside from the Philip­pine elec­tion au­to­ma­tion project, the com­pany has pro­vided mod­ern elec­tion so­lu­tions to gov­ern­ment agen­cies in Latin Amer­ica, the Caribbean, the United States and Asia.

One of Smart­matic’s ma­jor over­seas projects was the 2006 Venezue­lan Pres­i­den­tial Elec­tion, where the na­tional vot­ing sys­tem was given close to 100-per­cent full au­to­ma­tion.

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