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Smartmatic, Bizta and CANTV formalize SBC Consortium

Caracas, January 24, 2004.- Smartmatic, the technological solutions' provider; Bizta, the Venezuelan software consulting firm, and CANTV, the largest private telecommunications company of Venezuela, formalized the SBC Consortium for the automation of the electoral processes in Venezuela.

According to the terms of the alliance, Smartmatic will provide its hardware and software platform for the automation of the elections, in addition to a work team with experience in over 60 electoral processes all over the world. Bizta, in turn, will carry out the software customization for Venezuelan case.

"Smartmatic's platform guarantees strict criteria concerning security, ease of audit, and reliability of the suffrages of every single voter ", assures Antonio Mugica, CEO of the company. The consortium relies on CANTV's participation for the electronic votes' transmission.

In accordance with the terms of the agreement, CANTV shall fit its telecommunications infrastructure and its voice and data platform to guarantee the ultra-safe transmission of the counting to the voting centers. It shall also install two call centers and a situational room, so as to satisfy the requirements that might arise during the electoral processes.

Additionally, CANTV shall mobilize personnel for the installation and support of the operations, and shall provide maintenance to the equipment installed in all locations, as well as supply specialized human resources for support in each one of the voting centers.

In total, the SBC Consortium has over eleven thousand employees in their fixed payroll, hired all over the country. Its offer is centered on the use of advanced technologies for the automation of electoral processes, through the use of its SAES (Smartmatic Automated Election Systems) solution.

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Smartmatic is a multinational company that specializes in the design and end-to-end deployment of complex purpose-specific technology solutions. With an unsurpassed technology base, continuous innovation, and quality in processes and results, Smartmatic is organized around three business areas: Electronic voting systems, intelligent and integrated security systems for large enterprises and governments, and advanced solutions for people registration and authentication for a wide range of government applications.

Smartmatic is a privately held company with offices in the US, Mexico, Venezuela, Barbados, Spain, Philippines and Taiwan.  It has more than 200 employees worldwide.  Its capacity for innovation and wide range of products and services have earned Smartmatic extensive recognition in the technology community worldwide.

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