The Ministry of Interior awarded Indra, the premier IT
Company in Spain and a leading IT multinational in Europe,
the technology deployment for the provisional scrutiny of
the general elections to be held on November 20th.
With the general elections in mind, where over 35 million
citizens are expected to vote, Indra will place at the
Ministry of Interior's disposal Indra's state-of-the-art
proprietary technology developed for this purpose as well
as a team of over 1000 professionals.
The IT company will undertake the provisional scrutiny of
nearly 60,000 polling stations distributed across over
23,000 polling places as well as the publication of the
provisional results, will give support to the Electoral
Commission for the definite count.
PDA and MAE solutions
Indra will use its technology solutions such as PDAs for
automated data transmission and MAE to automate the tasks
of the polling stations.
For the event, nearly 14,000 PDAs will be supplied to those
municipalities with over 2,000 electors and to all
municipalities of Madrid, Barcelona and Canary Islands.
These devices expedite the scrutiny, increase the quality
of the data to be transmitted by incorporating additional
controls at the same polling place, eliminate repetitive
tasks and automate transmission.
The electronically managed polling station system (MAE)
provides polling station officers a series of computer
tools to manage the tasks. It guarantees security of the
scrutiny, expedites voter identification with an electronic
ID card reader and fills out the reports almost
automatically. MAE is a user-friendly system, does not
require specific training and strictly complies with the
Organic Law on the General Electoral System (LOREG). MAE
has been employed during the elections to the European
Parliament in 2009, to the Catalonian Parliament 2010 and
in the last municipal and regional elections on May 22nd
this year. On November 20th, almost 1 400 000 voters will
be able to cast their vote with this system at nearly 2000
In total, including PDA and MAE, around 16,000 devices will
be deployed to provide electronic coverage to 86% of the
electoral census of the country, that is, over 30 million
Expeditious publication of results
Results will be published by means of a multi channel
communication platform in real time. Thanks to the website
citizens, authorities and media professionals will have
access to the results of the count as it develops. The
scrutiny can also be followed up with mobile phones either
by SMS or via internet.
Leadership in electoral processes
Indra has participated in more than 300 successful
electoral processes worldwide involving more than 2.000
million voters and has been pioneer in the use of new
technologies with solutions such as: Electronic Vote,
e-Counting, Internet Voting, as well as solutions and
services for citizen participation like the iPARTICIPA
platform, and as an initiative of the Ministry of Interior,
in the application of technology solutions to electoral
management like PDAs or equipping polling stations with IT
applications to facilitate and simply tasks.
During the last years, Indra has been involved in the
election processes in countries such as UK, France,
Slovenia, Portugal, Italy, United States, Argentina, and
Angola among others, by offering all kinds of services and
electoral solutions and implementing innovative Electronic
vote systems. Besides this, it has thoroughly supported the
recent elections to Catalonia and Galicia's regional
parliaments and to the European parliament, autonomous
elections in Andalusia as well as to the legislative
elections in Argentina or the Presidential elections in
Colombia. Furthermore, Indra carried out the scrutiny and
publication of results of the municipal elections in Spain
held in May 22nd this year along with the elections of most
of the autonomous regions on the same day.
Indra recently undertook the scrutiny of the Presidential
elections in Argentina and was partially involved in the
local elections of Colombia; both events took place in
October. In September, the company carried out the scrutiny
in the local elections and 15 district councils in Oslo,
Norway, using its "e-counting" system.
Indra is the premier Information Technology Company in
Spain and a leading IT multinational in Europe and Latin
America. It is ranked as the second European company in its
sector according to investment in R&D with nearly 500 M
during the last three years. In 2010 revenues reached
2,557 M of which a 40% came from the international market.
The company employs more than 31,000 professionals and has
clients in more than 110 countries.