Scytl and Hewlett Packard, with Government of Mendoza, to carry out Latin America’s first binding election via Internet
• More than 15,000 Argentine doctors will participate in this pioneering electronic voting process
• The electronic voting technology used will guarantee the highest levels of security
Barcelona, 30 November 2005. The Spanish company Scytl and Hewlett Packard will carry out the first binding election ever held via the Internet in Latin America, in collaboration with Argentina’s Federal Council of Investments, Telefónica of Argentina and Datastar (an HP and Scytl distributor). Through this election, which will take place in the province of Mendoza, representatives will be chosen for the State Medical Councils and Representatives of each medical specialty. The event will be organized by the State Unit of Reform and Modernization, which reports to the Technical, Legal and Administrative Office of the Department of Health of Mendoza Province.
In this electoral process, over 15,000 doctors will have the chance to vote from more than 35 polling stations that have been equipped with computers connected to the Internet specifically for this election.
Multiple elections will be held simultaneously throughout the day. Each of the 14 medical specialties will elect their own representatives among more than 6,000 candidates. The election of the State Medical Councils will be organized by region, but not all of the specialties will divide the regions in the same way. Therefore, some professionals will vote in both elections.
Scytl and HP are the companies selected to provide the technology that will guarantee the highest standards of security to meet the requirements of the State Unit of Reform and the Provincial Department of Health. The advantages of Scytl technology include fast vote counting, the most reliable system in the market, trustworthy results, a user-friendly interface and low costs, since standard HP hardware is used as voting terminals.
Scytl is an European based company, leader in the development of security software for electronic voting. The company offers solutions for both the public sector (electoral processes, citizen consultations) and the private sector (labor unions and shareholders’ meetings). It was founded in June 2001 as a spin-off of a research team at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB). Scytl has been working in this field since 1994 and has extensive national and international experience in the field of electronic voting. Scytl markets a family of software products (Pnyx) based on highly innovative self-owned technology protected by international patents. This technology provides the same level of security and confidence as traditional elections. Scytl has received numerous national and international awards, such as the European Commission’s IST Prize, which recognizes the best technology companies in Europe. Pnyx has been used successfully in several electronic voting projects, such as the elections to the Parliament of Catalonia; “Madrid Participa” (Europe’s largest citizen consultation experience powered by new technologies); the shareholders’ meetings at large companies; and binding elections in Switzerland. Scytl markets its products with important partners such as Hewlett Packard, Accenture and Oracle.
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