Honduras: First use of biometric authentication

Biometric voter identification system supports 5.2M voters in Honduras

With the goal of verifying voter identities during the 2021 general elections, the Honduran National Electoral Council (CNE) deployed 20,000 biometric devices at over 18,000 polling sites (Junta Receptora de Votos, JRV). This was the first time Honduras used this type of technology for voter verification.

Smartmatic provided a comprehensive suite of technology and services to ensure a successful first-ever deployment of biometrics. The company was selected after receiving the best evaluation as a software and hardware provider. The international bid carried out by the CNE included five other companies.


The Smartmatic-supplied VIU handheld biometric device integrates a fingerprint reader, a camera, barcode technology and GSM connectivity. It is rugged, lightweight, and portable, with an internal battery that gives it a minimum of 18 hours of operation.

By storing large amounts of voter information (electoral census), the device also helps with polling station management. For instance, if a voter goes to the wrong station, the device can deliver the right information. During the 2021 general Honduran elections, biometric technology gave 100,000 voters correct and immediate information about their polling sites.



By verifying the voters biometrically before they cast their vote, the platform minimizes the risk of identity fraud.


The Smartmatic-provided solution facilitates the handling of all voter information, and it guarantees that every polling station will have the correct data available to them.


The system is designed to protect the information and the data in use, in transit and at rest. Smartmatic’s security model guarantees the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of the information at every stage. Additionally, the solution is equipped with a robust encryption structure.


  • Supplied AFIS and software licenses
  • Datacenter configuration, both on-site and in the cloud
  • Intake of the electoral census data provided by CNE
  • Biometric device programming
  • Training CNE training staff – train the trainers
  • Help Desk for system tech support
  • System field support (470 technicians)