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Israeli company wins Jamaican int’l tender to build, update country's voter registry

The solution will be based on two primary biometric identifiers: fingerprints and facial images


Andrew Holness, current Prime Minister of Jamaica and then leader of the opposition’s Labour Party, casts his vote during general election in Kingston, Jamaica February 25, 2016. REUTERS/Gilbert Bellamy
Andrew Holness, current Prime Minister of Jamaica and then leader of the opposition’s Labour Party, casts his vote during general election in Kingston, Jamaica February 25, 2016. REUTERS/Gilbert Bellamy

Pangea IT, an Israeli-based company which specializes in the digital transformation of government and business services, has been awarded a tender from the Jamaican government to replace the biometric system for the country's voter registry. The deal includes the complete construction of an advanced biometric system, training and maintenance services.

As per the agreement, Pangea will provide the Electoral Commission of Jamaica with an integrated centralized biometric system. The solution will include installation, configuration, and commissioning of a multimodal automated biometric identification system (ABIS), based on two primary biometric identifiers: fingerprints and facial images, and all the attendant hardware and software components.


As part of the project, Pangea will provide software for dozens of nationwide biometric registration systems and support the solution's integration with existing legacy systems of the Electoral Commission, like the Elector Registration System (ERS).

The system will support up to four million voters in Jamaica. To ensure robust election security and negate the potential for voter fraud such as duplicate votes, or deceased voters, the system will utilize advanced Artificial Intelligence (AI) based biometric technologies for identifying fingerprints and facial recognition. Further, Pangea is contracted by the Electoral Commission of Jamaica for five years, at which time it will provide continuous support and maintenance services.

The international tender called on global businesses to apply, and Pangea’s proposal was selected over several of the top international specialists in digital and biometric technologies for government services.

Over the last two decades, Pangea has worked with many governments, providing digital solutions for their population registries. The projects have enabled these governments to digitally provide e-ID cards, birth and death certificates, passports, visas, driver's licenses, and other documents to tens of millions of citizens for the first time. This includes delivering services to people who were previously not registered on government systems and were unable to benefit from government services, pay taxes and benefit from the opportunities of social inclusion.

"In the past year, we have expanded our digital government services to Central American countries looking to advanced technologies to help them close the digital divide between them and their citizens,” says Uzy Rozenthal, Senior Vice President and Government Department Manager at Pangea. “Our team is already operating in Panama, Ecuador, and Guatemala, where we have signed several agreements and are actively looking to recruit country managers and sales and marketing staff.”

Following its success in Jamaica, Pangea is planning a more aggressive expansion into the South American market, a market that deals with similar challenges to their government counterparts in Central America and Africa.

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