Bangladesh Election Commission fights voter fraud with Crossmatch biometric technology

Crossmatch announced today that it has completed delivery of 150,000 of its optical fingerprint modules for use in electronic voting machines in the upcoming Bangladesh general election. Local media reports that the Bangladesh Election Commission is looking to curb voter fraud and election rigging.

The biometric modules are to be integrated into EVMs built by the Bangladesh Machine Tools Factory and utilized by the Bangladesh Election Commission.

Bangladeshi voters can verify their identity through multiple means, including smart cards and voter ID numbers, but the fingerprint biometric is mandatory for voters and for electronic voting machines operators who must also provide a unique password and fingerprint to access the EVM. An individual will not have access to a voting machine without a fingerprint verification.

“Crossmatch stepped up to the challenge in Bangladesh, delivering 150,000 units in little more than four weeks,” commented Richard Agostinelli, Crossmatch CEO. “High volume production is routine for us across our single finger and tenprint livescan lines given our customer base and their use case applications. Our proven technology and high-quality supply chain enabled us to do what other vendors could not.”

The company notes that its optical-based single fingerprint line is one of Crossmatch’s most popular biometric sensors.

In September HID Global acquired Crossmatch from private equity firm Francisco Partners.

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