Smartmatic closed 2018 celebrating the expansion of its global footprint to include high-profile clients such as Denmark, Norway, London, and Los Angeles.
“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.”
Of note, the European Commission granted the Smartmatic-Cybernetica Centre of Excellence for Internet Voting (SCCEIV) a new research award under the Horizon 2020 Programme. The award will allow Smartmatic-Cybernetica to continue developing cryptographic techniques and protocols to protect data and enable Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technologies (DLT) on voting technology platforms.
Smartmatic also became a founding member of the United States Department of Homeland Security Election Infrastructure Sector Coordinating Council, which aims to advance the physical security, cyber security, and emergency preparedness of the U.S. election infrastructure, in accordance with existing U.S. law.
From Los Angeles to the Philippines, Smartmatic secured major assignments to upgrade election systems. Some examples include:
- Smartmatic joined forces with CGI, one of the largest independent IT consulting services firms in the world, to deliver end-to-end services, software and technical infrastructure for the electronic counting of votes in the 2020 London elections.
- Belgium continued spearheading election automation using Smartmatic technology and services. 22,100 Smartmatic voting machines were deployed in the regions of Flanders and Brussels-Capital, and in the German-speaking Community of Belgium for their local elections.
- Los Angeles County chose Smartmatic to help election authorities manufacture and implement the County’s new system for 2020. As part of this exciting project, Smartmatic is responsible for systems integration, engineering and manufacturing of the system components.
- Smartmatic provided the online voting platform for the regional referendum held in Finnmark, the northernmost region in Norway. Online voting participation for this reached a staggering 85.5% of all votes cast.
- The Philippine Commission on Elections exercised its option to purchase a total of 97,350 Vote Counting Machines from Smartmatic. The technology will be used in the forthcoming 2019 midterm national and local elections.
- In January, Smartmatic became the election technology and services provider for Denmark after signing a multi-year contract to help authorities organize future elections.