Smartmatic extends global footprint for election automation technology
Smartmatic has announced deals with several high-profile clients in different geographic markets among its highlights in 2018, extending its global footprint.
The Smartmatic-Cybernetica Centre of Excellence for Internet Voting (SCCEIV) was awarded a research grant under the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 Programme, which it plans to use to advance its development of cryptographic techniques and protocols for data protection and to enable blockchain and distributed ledger technologies (DLT) to run on voting platforms.
The company also joined the United States Department of Homeland Security’s Election Infrastructure Sector Coordinating Council earlier this year. Smartmatic reached deals to provide elections technology to authorities in Denmark, the Philippines, Norway, Belgium, and Los Angeles County, as well as London, under a recently announced partnership with CGI.
“The confidence placed in Smartmatic by a cross section of voting jurisdictions around the world validate the tremendous investment we’ve made in research and development over the past decade,” said Antonio Mugica, CEO of Smartmatic. “Our advanced technology and steadfast emphasis on security, efficiency and accessibility is something elections officials are embracing.”
Biometrics were used as part of an absentee ballot system for U.S. military personnel registered to vote in West Virginia during the mid-term elections, and ID4Africa’s 2018 survey showed that 97 percent of conference attendees believe biometrics should be used to confirm voter eligibility. BioSec also recently launched a biometric voting solution.