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Smartmatic electronic voting system 99.8% successful in pilot

Caracas, July 19, 2004.- Smartmatic Corporation, a Boca Raton-based provider of highly secure device-networking technologies, today announced the national test pilot of its electronic voting system (SAES) was 99.8 percent successful. The referendum pilot, a full-scale national voting simulation, was designed to test both the voting system and SBC Consortium's operations and logistics infrastructure for the upcoming Venezuelan Presidential referendum.

"With a 99.8% success rate, the election pilot definitively demonstrated the reliability and effectiveness of our electronic voting solution. Out of 4680 SAES3000 machines tested, 4632 machines fully performed all functions - from registration to voting to printing a paper trail to transmitting data," said Smartmatic chief executive officer Antonio Mugica.

In addition to the success of the 4632 machines, the other critical technical aspects of the pilot also performed flawlessly - no errors occurred in the transmission of data, and both the national tabulation center and the back-up tabulation center received and totaled the vote with complete accuracy.

The forty-eight machines that experienced technical malfunctions were rapidly replaced, enabling the voting centers to successfully continue the balloting process. The actual rate of technical malfunction (.2 percent) was significantly less than the expected rate (1.5 to 2 percent).

The operations and logistics contingency exercise involved 2316 voting centers (50 percent of the total) responding to potential issues including the following: operator absences, telecommunications glitches, electrical failures and equipment shortages.

The contingency results exceed expectations dramatically. More than 60 percent (or 1390) of the tested centers were able to correct all problems and remain fully functional. As a result, out of the total voting centers involved in the pilot and contingency test approximately 80 percent (or 3706) were completely operational - this result exceeded the target by 20 percent (or 927) centers.

"Our goal was to put ourselves to the toughest possible test, and we are gratified to report our ability to correct operational and logistic issues more than met this demanding challenge. This capability combined with our electronic voting system's outstanding technical performance virtually assures our Consortium's ability to provide a transparent, secure and auditable election," added Antonio Mugica.

The SBC consortium has identified specific operational issues to address, with a particular emphasis on logistical coordination, and the Consortium will move immediately to put in place plans to improve performance.

Scope of Test Pilot Program
On July 18, 2004 a National Referendum Pilot and Contingency Test of the Venezuelan voting system was conducted. This test was designed to evaluate, among other things, the physical installations, hardware, operating systems applications, database and data transmission systems of Smartmatic's Automated Electoral System (SAES).

Equipment in operation

- 4,632 Automated Voting Centers with SAES3000 voting machine.
- 335 Municipal Centers to receive and digitize vote summaries.
- One Reception Center for digitized vote summaries.
- One National Data Tabulation Center at the CNE.
- One Backup Center for national data tabulation.
- One Command / Monitoring Center.
- One Support Center.

Personnel involved

Over 6,000 personnel were involved in the test vote, including:

- Voting machine operators.
- Digitizing system operators.
- System administrators at Digital Reception Center.
- Technical operators at Tabulation Centers.
- Logistics, control and support personnel.

Sampling of states involved

- 534 Voting Centers - Metropolitan District of Caracas.
- 505 Voting Centers - Miranda.
- 465 Voting Centers - Zulia.
- 283 Voting Centers - Lara.
- 276 Voting Centers - Carabobo.
- 248 Voting Centers - Aragua.
- 225 Voting Centers - Anzoategui.

General areas evaluated in the Contingency Test

- Logistics and distribution.
- Operating personnel.
- Machine malfunction.
- Telecommunications.
- National Tabulation Center.

Specific activities evaluated in the Pilot and Contingency Test for Automated  Voting

At the Voting Center

- Verification of machine function.
- Opening of the voting process.
- Recording of votes and printing of receipts.
- Close of voting process.
- Printing vote summaries for each machine.
- Printing of the ballot receipts for each machine.
- Transmission of ballots and votes to the Voting Center.

At the National Data Tabulation Center

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Receipt and registration of the vote summaries.
- Validation of the vote summaries.
- Tally of the vote summaries.
- Generation of final report on the tally.

At the Backup Data Tabulation Center

- Replication of the data received at the Primary Tabulation Center.
- Receipt and tally of the ballots / returns.
- Generation of final report on the tally.

At the Monitoring Center

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Monitoring of receipt and tally of voting machines and returns.
- Monitoring of the database and servers.
- Monitoring of transmissions from voting centers.
- Control and supervision at the national level.

At the Support Center

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Monitoring of events.
- Tracking and control of telecommunications.
- Tracking and control of technical personnel.
- Monitoring implementation of contingencies.
- Monitoring of traffic in the communications network.

Specific activities evaluated in the Pilot and Contingency Test for Manual Ballots (10% of the population will still vote manually)

At the Municipal Centers

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Receipt and registration of the vote summaries.
- Digitalization of the vote summaries.
- Transmission of the digitized vote summaries.

At the National Voting Center

- Receipt of the digitized vote summaries.
- Printing of the vote summaries.
- Transcription of the vote summaries.
- Printing of the ballot receipts for verification.
- Verification and certification of the vote summaries.
- Incorporation of the digitalized ballots into the tabulation.

Specific activities evaluated in the subsequent Audit of the Pilot and Contingency Test

- Verification and comparison machine results to summaries printed.
- Verification of manual ballots cast to ballots registered.
- Verification of the final tally comparing final output to inputs.
- Verification of the system logs of the tally.

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About Smartmatic
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.