Operation The Philippines 2010
1. System configuration. Evaluation of the platform before the electoral event through internal audits, and functionality and performance tests.
2. Configuration of the SAES-1800. Once the electoral information supplied by the COMELEC is compiled, Smartmatic’s platform –highly customizable by design– is configured accordingly.
3. Audits. After the machines are configured, voting simulations are carried out to evaluate the operation and accuracy of the system. Previously, audits are performed on the software, hardware and transmission platform (code audits and engineering tests).
4. Voting. The voter fills the ballot according to his preferences and deposits it in the voting machine. Once the vote has been cast, the machine stores it in a random, permanent and secure manner. As an additional benefit, Smartmatic will supply the COMELEC with its Election Day Management Platform (EDMP) software to control the assistance of operators and technicians that man the voting machines and to monitor in real time the installation, opening, closure, transmission, and audit of the voting booths, as well as the support incidents during Election Day.
5. Transmission. The solution is designed to transmit electoral data securely and unidirectionally, with no need for human intervention, according to the requirements of the COMELEC. Wherever transmission is not possible, compact flash memory units are carried to the respective municipality and the results are imported into the canvassing system.
6. Tallying. The system offers the delivery of results within 48 hours of closure, guaranteeing zero numerical inconsistencies or null votes imputable to the technology.
7. Withdrawal. At the end of the election, all SAES-1800 machines are recovered, transported and stored.