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.