Kodak Alaris Targets Government Sector with Electoral Processing Solutions, Ensuring greater Efficiency, Accuracy and Security

DUBAI, UAE, 5th October, 2016: With digital transformation being top priority for Government agencies around the world, it is clear that digital technology is the way forward for electoral processing. With this in mind, Kodak Alaris offers an end-to-end solution for management of elections including ballot paper processing technology, design, print, logistics and the associated professional services.

 

Today in the ‘paper voting’ election process, paper ballots are counted by hand or by using Optical Mark Recognition (OMR). But with OMR, the marks need to be made in very specific places. The legacy approaches are more sensitive and therefore prone to errors, plus the overall process is slower. Digitising ballots is important because it offers governments the ability to show transparency & accuracy in a vital democratic process, while also being able to provide results quickly.

 

Mr. David Whitton, General Manager of Kodak Alaris Information Management - Eastern Cluster (Middle East, Africa, East Europe, Turkey & Russia) says, “The future of elections is undoubtedly digital technology and most electoral management bodies must adopt new solutions to improve the electoral process, both in terms of speed and transparency of the results. Digital in this case doesn’t mean electronic voting but rather digitizing ballot papers and processing the information after it’s scanned. The requirement for this is a reliable scanning and software solution to help save time and reduce errors when tallying the votes.”

 

The Kodak Alaris solution is extremely versatile, as a number of election bodies have seen. The ballots can be presented in any orientation and it handles varying sizes of ballot papers, which is dictated by the number of candidates on the ballot. All of the scanning takes place within one unit. This allows the solution to be centrally administered with the various job profiles being drawn down to the relevant counting centre and processing line. This flexibility means that should there be a rare machine failure, the ballots can easily be processed on another, ensuring the results are gathered in the required time.
 

 

 

Kodak Alaris together with its partners provides specialist election consultancy services to manage compliance and improve performance and efficiency of the overall ballot process. The partnership delivers a highly successful solution combining the best of both providers’ capabilities in advanced ballot information capture and sophisticated data processing. As a result, one electoral management body was able to digitize ballots, count votes, and announce results twice as fast as similar elections previously conducted.

 

Kodak Alaris offers an end-to-end ballot processing solution. This includes high-volume scanners with integrated sorters, ballot paper processing & exception handling software, ballot paper design, secure printing and delivery, on-site ballot processing operations and training. Kodak Alaris works with government agencies to design ballot papers and reduce the risk of fraud. Such security features are embedded in the ballot papers and activated in the counting process to remove the possibility of duplication and forgery.

 

“The strength in the Kodak Alaris solution is the ability to place the ballot papers in any orientation in the scanner and the machine can still process the ballot sheet. This is a marked improvement from earlier systems where the sheets had to be placed in a very specific manner. Obviously as numbers go up, the chances of error increase and the amount of labour increases greatly. Failure/ return rate from analogue technology is quite high, and the processing speed is slow. Speed and accuracy go up considerably by working with digital technology. Adopting a digital strategy has benefits of improving efficiency and thereby cutting cost. Besides the security, compliance, time savings and reduction of errors, one of the main benefits is that the solution results in transparency and reassures the public that the process is legitimate,” says Mr. Whitton.

 

To learn more about Kodak Alaris’ end-to-end solution for management of elections, please visit us at GITEX Technology Week, stand C4-10 in Hall 4 at the Exhibition Centre. More details about the solution available at http://uk.knowledgeshare.kodakalaris.com/industries/government/elections/.

 

 

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Photo Caption: Pictorial depiction of Elections

 

About Kodak Alaris Information Management
The ever-increasing flood of data, and how we manage it, is one of the greatest opportunities facing businesses and governments in the 21st century. Kodak Alaris works with organizations from small offices to global enterprises, bringing together the best science, technology, services and partner ecosystem so its clients can stay ahead of the curve. From our award-winning range of scanners and software to the best global customer service and support, we’re here to help businesses transform data into a powerful competitive advantage.

 

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