PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - Tuesday,
November 20th 2012 [ME NewsWire]
NewsWire)--The government of Haiti has announced it is partnering with
Smartmatic to continue efforts toward the modernization, consolidation and
upgrading of the country's civil and identity registry system.
Upgrading the civil and registry
system represents an unparalleled opportunity for the Haitian government
to ensure adequate planning, and better compliance of measures to enforce human
and civil rights. Furthermore, it is very likely to promote inclusion and
socio-economic development, and set basic foundations for the nation’s
legal and political structure.
One key aspect of this project is
the fact that Smartmatic will transfer all the required technology knowledge to
Haiti as the process unfolds. In the near future, the Caribbean nation will
possess not only a state-of-the-art civil identity registry system, but all the
technology and know-how for its continued development.
"We at Smartmatic are focused on our
projects having a significant social value for citizens in the countries where
we operate. We firmly believe this will improve the quality of life of
Haitians,” stated Antonio Mugica, Smartmatic’s CEO.
Ever since the January 2010
earthquake struck Haiti, with a toll of 300,000 casualties, the country has
been in constant upheaval. One of the more pressing concerns for government
authorities has been to reach realistic figures about the populations living on
Haiti's 27,750 km2 of territory. Since the earthquake, people have
migrated across the regions, aggravating the need for an updated National
The project will begin immediately
with a one-year implementation phase, in which Smartmatic is to deploy 700
registration units to biometrically capture face photographs and the full 10
fingerprints from Haitian citizens. Of these, 600 units will be
distributed across the national territory, and the remaining 100 among
foreign missions abroad. Additionally, Smartmatic will provide associated
services, such as project management, technical support, capacity building, to
create the necessary infrastructure for Haiti to have a world-class national
biometric enrollment platform.
As a multinational with experience
in mission-critical projects, Smartmatic has ensured successful deployments
with positive transformational effects for governments in the United States,
Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean.
Smartmatic is a multinational
company that designs and deploys technological solutions aimed at helping
governments fulfill, in the most efficient way, their commitments with their
citizens. It is one of the largest cutting-edge electoral technology suppliers,
with a wide and proven experience in the United States, Asia, Africa, Europe,
Latin America and the Caribbean.
Mrs. Samira Saba, +1-561-862-0747
Marketing and Communications