CGI & Smartmatic successfully deliver e-counting for London elections

CGI & Smartmatic successfully deliver e-counting for London elections

London, United Kingdom – May 24, 2021 – For the Mayor of London and London Assembly elections on 6 May 2021, the Greater London Authority (GLA) successfully deployed an electronic vote-counting solution to process approximately 7.9 million hand-marked paper ballots.

Global IT and business consulting services firm CGI and election and voting technology specialist Smartmatic, together with other partners including Hamilton Rentals, provided end-to-end services, software and technical infrastructure for the election.  In the elections, which were delayed from May 2020 due to the pandemic, voters elected the Mayor of London, 14 Constituency Assembly Members and 11 London-wide Assembly Members.

The centralised processing of the voter-marked ballots began on 7 May and was split over two days to ensure a COVID-19 safe environment. Using high-speed scanners in three count centres, with stringent cyber security measures in place, the count was delivered with streamlined ballot processing, enhanced auditing and reduced staffing requirements.

With a voting population of nearly 6.2 million scattered across 32 boroughs, London has one of the most complex local election landscapes in the United Kingdom. Approximately 10.6 million votes were counted as the Mayoral election used preferential voting and each voter selected two options. The GLA had to employ three different counting systems: first-past-the-post, a supplementary vote system, and a form of proportional representation.  The electronic count was validated by the Constituency Returning Officer and the Greater London Returning Officer.

Deputy Greater London Returning Officer, Alex Conway said, “With CGI, Smartmatic and partners, we knew the count was in safe hands. The commitment of their teams meant the rapid shift to delivering a COVID-safe election was a real success.”

Donna Kelly, Senior Vice President, South and Midlands Business Unit at CGI in the UK said, “We are delighted to have worked with the GLA and London Boroughs to plan, test, train and successfully deliver the e-counting solution for the recent London elections. Our focus was on helping to deliver a transparent, secure and accurate election in a safe environment.”

Commenting on the e-counting process, Smartmatic CEO Antonio Mugica stated, “The technology was key to simplify and speed up the counting process while making it more auditable. Counting for all elections was performed simultaneously thanks to the electronic counting platform.”

About Smartmatic

Smartmatic specializes in the design and deployment of election system technologies. As the global leader in providing secure, transparent, accessible, verifiable voting systems, Smartmatic is setting the standard for election integrity and inclusivity worldwide, including encrypted results transmission, paper ballot back-up, extensive auditing and Internet voting.

About CGI

Founded in 1976, CGI is among the largest independent IT and business consulting services firms in the world. With 77,000 consultants and other professionals across the globe, CGI delivers an end-to-end portfolio of capabilities, from strategic IT and business consulting to systems integration, managed IT and business process services and intellectual property solutions. CGI works with clients through a local relationship model complemented by a global delivery network that helps clients digitally transform their organizations and accelerate results. CGI Fiscal 2020 reported revenue is C$12.16 billion and CGI shares are listed on the TSX (GIB.A) and the NYSE (GIB). Learn more at cgi.com.

About Hamilton Rentals

Incorporated in 1972 Hamilton Rentals is the UK’s largest and longest established technology rental company, which specialises in the build, delivery, deployment and support of temporary hardware solutions.

Hamilton’s heritage is in helping businesses manage their IT assets and meet their temporary technology demands, providing the latest hardware on flexible rental contracts coupled with unsurpassed installation and engineering support. Our expertise allows us to work as an extension to customer focussed solution teams to provision relatively “simple” IT such as PCs or AV, as well as, complex infrastructure and networked solutions. www.hamilton.co.uk

SGO Statement: The Open Society Foundations Tabs Malloch-Brown

SGO Statement: The Open Society Foundations Tabs Malloch-Brown

London, UK – December 4, 2020 – SGO Companies wish to congratulate Lord Mark Malloch-Brown on his new appointment as President of The Open Society Foundations. Although we will miss him, we are happy the world will be gaining a tireless leader, who will put all his knowledge of the private, public and non-profit sectors to the pursuit of fairer and more just societies. As part of his commitment to sever all ties with private-sector companies, Lord Malloch-Brown is stepping down as Chairman of SGO on December 4. Malloch-Brown has been instrumental in the growth and development of our several companies, with a strong focus on social impact. AirLabs, a London-based company with an R&D center in Copenhagen that is pioneering in air quality and purification, including the removal of airborne virus particles, for which it was named by Unreasonable Impact as one of the 10 most impactful and entrepreneurial companies addressing the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. Smartmatic, the world’s leading elections technology company, whose systems have securely processed more than five billion votes on five continents with zero security breaches. Folio, a digital identity company enabling and empowering citizens around the world with technologies such as a Mobile Health Passport to help governments safely re-open economies. Sterisafe, a health-tech company delivering revolutionary sterilization and hygiene technologies to remove pathogens from medical facilities and operating rooms. Infuser, a Danish company improving indoor air quality with unmatched technologies.
5 ways Folio’s digital wallet will make your life easier

5 ways Folio’s digital wallet will make your life easier

Digital identity is an idea whose time has come and the technology to power it and secure it is already here in the form of Folio.

1. IT’S ALL IN ONE
Just like a normal wallet, Folio stores everything you need in one place. That doesn’t just mean your credit and debit cards, but also your ID, store loyalty cards and any other important documents, too. That means the originals can stay safe at home.
Setting it up is simple. Take a selfie and a photo of your ID. (This can be your driver’s license, passport or national ID card.) The app uses its real-time checks to verify that it’s you. Then use the app to snap photos of the items you want aikdd to Folio. That’s it. You can use Folio to pay online, prove your age, or claim those crucial loyalty points at your favourite coffee shop or retail store.
2. IT’S MORE SECURE
If your debit card is lost or stolen, crooks can use it easily with contactless technology. Sorting it all out and saving your credit is a huge hassle. Getting into Folio is a whole different matter. If somebody finds your phone and somehow manages to unlock it, your valuable information is still safe.
Folio creates a biometric key from your selfie, but with far more comparison points and details than the facial recognition phones use. It also uses encryption to protect all your data that only you can access. It doesn’t get much safer than that.
3. YOU CAN’T LOSE IT
Losing your wallet or card is frustrating and time consuming to fix: Calling your bank, cancelling your cards, waiting for replacements. That’s not a problem if you lose your Folio-enabled phone. Folio allows you to backup all the app’s data in case it goes AWOL. As soon as you get a new phone you can safely restore your data in seconds from a secure backup.
4. IT’S MORE HYGIENIC
In the age of coronavirus, handling cash can be hazardous to your health. Think about how many people have handled that money before you. Yep, cash is filthy. There’s never been a better time to go cashless.
Things like Apple Pay and Android Pay mean you only touch your phone to buy stuff. Folio lets you pay cashless and avoid handing cashiers and clerks ID cards, rewards cards and other documents. That helps keep you safe.
5. IT SIMPLIFIES SHARING
Digital alternatives to traditional documentation are being widely accepted by businesses and governments around the world. Fewer and fewer people own printers and scanners, and fax machines are essentially dinosaurs used only by a few industries. Folio’s share function allows you to securely share documents and data with only who you choose and trust 100% – and only they ever see it. What’s more, it’s all done with a single tap. Folio is free to use on both iOS and Android. Find out more at folio.id.
*The original version of this article was published on www.stuff.tv

AirLabs Among 10 Most Impactful Companies Addressing COVID-19

AirLabs Among 10 Most Impactful Companies Addressing COVID-19

Boca Raton, July 6, 2020 – AirLabs has been recognized by Unreasonable Impact and Barclays as one of the 10 most impactful and entrepreneurial companies addressing the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. The company received a $100,000 grant to bring to market its clean air solution that provides public transport passengers with personal safe-air zones. As part of its recognition, AirLabs and nine other companies will showcase their innovations at The Unreasonable Impact COVID-19 Response Global Summit. The live virtual event takes place Wednesday, July 8.
Andrew”>. The event takes place from noon to 1:30 pm EDT (5 pm to 6:30 pm BST). Registration to watch the virtual event is available at https://unreasonableimpact.com/covid-global-summit.

The nine other grant-receiving companies are:

1MG Technologies: India’s leading mobile healthcare platform with over 9 million downloads and 33 million monthly visits.
80 Acres Farms: Converting urban spaces in ultra-efficient indoor farms that produce accessible, affordable local food year round.
Ecoware: Creating 100% biodegradable eco-friendly and compostable certified food packaging and garbage bags.
Nanobiosym:“>Olio: Connecting neighbors and local shops so surplus food and other household items can be shared rather than thrown away.
Thread: Turning trash from the poorest neighborhoods in the world into purpose-filled recycled fabrics.
Zero Mass: Making drinking water an ultimate resource with SOURCE, a set of panels that make water from air.

Giving election officials tools for healthy elections

Giving election officials tools for healthy elections

Smartmatic has teamed with The Infection Prevention Strategy (TIPS) to help election officials provide safe facilities for election workers and voters. TIPS is a nonprofit organization that exists to advance innovations, ideas and processes that make a difference in global health. Smartmatic, an SGO company and the global leader in election technology, has processed nearly 5 billion votes in elections on five continents.
After a customized risk-mitigation assessment, the combined team will provide election administrators a customized set of protocols to reduce the health risks to employees, volunteer poll workers and voters. All solutions meet guidelines and recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and/or local government health organizations. The solutions help election administrators apply high-level government guidance to their local election process.
The joint effort is offered through Smartmatic’s Election Continuity program. Through the program the company also offers disinfection technologies, hygiene supplies and personal protective equipment (PPE) to ensure that jurisdictions can put prevention strategies into practice. For more information about Smartmatic, visit smartmatic.com

About TIPS:

The Infection Prevention Strategy (TIPS) launched in 2015 is a not-for-profit that exists to advance innovations, ideas, and processes that make a difference in global health. TIPS extends to 30+ countries and is the key strategic partner for many notable organizations, initiatives, and events. In the past few years, TIPS has contributed millions of dollars’ worth of scientific impact through various programs and initiatives. Currently, TIPS is conducting 20+ COVID-19 efficacy studies for innovations and processes for air, water and surfaces. For more, visit ic.tips

Clean air units help to protect first responders

Clean air units help to protect first responders

Ambulance personnel driving COVID-19 patients to the hospital, risk inhaling airborne virus as patients puff pathogens into the air. A novel air filtration technology developed by Copenhagen Science City- based start-up company AirLabs is now being installed in 100 patient transport vehicles operating in London. The aim? To protect the drivers, the staff and the patients inside these vehicles.

Initially intended to protect against pollution

AirLabs was co-founded in 2014 by Matthew Johnson, a University of Copenhagen professor in atmospheric chemistry. One of their first products was the “AirBubbl”, an air filtration unit about the size of a wine bottle especially developed for cars. The company brought it out to protect drivers stuck in traffic while breathing the exhaust of the vehicle in front. When new corona struck, they realized that their device might protect drivers and passengers against this virus too.

Hovering contaminants

When patients cough, sneeze, talk or even breathe, they spread tiny virus-bearing droplets into the air. Some of them small enough to float around for hours. This can spread the infection to anyone close enough to breathe in their exhalations, and there is a direct link between how much virus you inhale and how sick you get. Matthew Johnson is confident that AirLabs’ AirBubbl can help reduce exposure for workers who cannot avoid close contact with coronavirus patients, and for anyone working in essential jobs in enclosed spaces.

Read more information here

Folio Mobile Health Passport Helps Economies Safely Reopen

Folio Mobile Health Passport Helps Economies Safely Reopen

Boca Raton, FL – Folio released its Mobile Health Passport to enable instant digital verification of a user’s coronavirus-related health status via their smartphone.

As states ease some lockdown restrictions, authorities and health institutions need to ensure the risks of secondary infection peaks are minimized. Verification of individuals’ health status does exactly that. Once citizens are tested for coronavirus, health entities can register the citizen’s health status and issue them an immutable, biometrically secure digital health passport to their smartphones. This digitized health passport enables increased and safer citizen mobility as governments begin to reopen their economies. The health passport is being provided free to state and local governments.

A digital health passport is superior to plastic health passports and wristbands in that they can be quickly updated. This is essential as the World Health Organization (WHO) considers new evidence that immunity does not always follow infection.

With its advanced biometrics and online verification, Folio provides certainty that the bearer of the passport is exactly who they claim to be with a verifiable health status at that point in time.
Folio’s digital wallet allows every individual to be in complete control of their privacy. Their credentials are secured locally on their smartphone, accessible only by them and shared upon their consent to verifiable authorities. Moreover, Folio’s streamlined, contactless digital-wallet alternative eliminates the need for plastic cards and wristbands (potential Covid-19 vectors) for most citizens.

“In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have tailored our digital identity platform to incorporate this new Mobile Health Passport and are already working with governments that need quick and convenient health status verification,” said Tatiana Cogevina, Folio’s CEO.

Functions of Folio’s Smart Health Passport:
•    Issue mobile certificates that verify health status instantly to an individual’s digital wallet
•    Assure no certificate can be spoofed, tampered or misused by another person
•    Remotely revoke or impose limitations on certificates
•    Enable controls on user access to locations, facilities and services via biometric authentication

Patient transport vehicles get air filtration to reduce COVID exposure

Patient transport vehicles get air filtration to reduce COVID exposure

Leading healthcare transport provider, the HATS Group (“HATS”), is installing clean air technology in 100 vehicles used to transport patients, including those who are known or suspected SARS-CoV-2 carriers, as it aims to safeguard patients and reduce the risk of essential workers being exposed to the virus.
Coronaviruses including SARS-CoV-2 are spread via respiratory droplets produced by infected persons when they cough, sneeze, talk or breathe. While larger droplets quickly fall out of the air, smaller droplets persist as aerosols. These aerosols provide an environment in which viruses can remain alive for hours allowing them to spread through the environment, according to recent studies from MIT and the New England Journal of Medicine. Droplets and bioaerosols also lead to the contamination of surfaces, another route of transmission.
By installing air filtration devices and a suite of other measures in their patient transportation vehicles, HATS is seeking to minimise the risk of exposure to the virus for staff who will come into close contact with infected patients in confined spaces.
AirLabs, which is supplying its AirBubbl in-vehicle air filters to HATS, has published a white paper on reducing exposure to airborne viruses using air filtration systems. It sets out the evidence behind airborne virus transmission and how air filtration can effectively remove bioaerosol particles.
Studies show that the amount of exposure is linked to the incidence and severity of viral disease, and ventilation is commonly used by hospitals to dilute and control airborne pathogens. By using air filtration in an enclosed space and reducing the airborne virus load, there is a potential to reduce transmission of SARS-CoV-2 where people are in close proximity, such as ambulances, patient transport and other service vehicles.
Matthew Johnson, Professor of Chemistry at University of Copenhagen and Chief Science Officer at AirLabs, said: “Our focus here is on reducing exposure for workers who cannot avoid close contact with coronavirus patients, and for anyone working in essential jobs in enclosed spaces.
“The science shows that by installing air filtration devices in vehicles, it is possible to remove more than 95% of airborne particles. By decreasing the concentration of airborne particles that could contain the virus being breathed in by workers in critical environments, we reduce the risk of them being infected.
“Quantifying the potential scale of airborne virus transmission is a global challenge that many people are working to better understand. We believe a sensible approach is to use all available means to minimise the risk of exposure, in particular for those working in essential roles.”
HATS originally ordered 100 AirBubbl air filtration devices from AirLabs to protect its drivers and passengers from London air pollution. The installation has now been ramped up to provide an additional layer of protection for its workers from exposure to coronavirus, as its vehicles are repurposed to support London hospitals, including Chelsea and Westminster NHS Foundation Trust and St George’s Hospital, which are putting protective measures in place to manage the crisis.
Ashley Stowell, Advanced Paramedic Practitioner and Clinical Director for HATS, said:;“We originally decided to install air filtration to protect our patients and our crews from London’s air pollution, as part of our ongoing commitment to the health and wellbeing of our staff. As the pandemic hit, it quickly became apparent that we could repurpose our vehicles to help transport patients infected by SARS-CoV-2.
“In order to do this we decided to ramp up installation, along with the rapid deployment of extra vehicles for a number of additional services, including ITU transfers of COVID-19 patients and maternity services to a number of Hospital Trusts across London, in a bid to help reduce the cross infection on this mountain we are all having to climb.”
John Wenger, Professor of Physical Chemistry at University College Cork and Director of the Centre for Research into Atmospheric Chemistry, said:“There is increasing acceptance of the role of aerosol transmission of this virus. We will never know exactly what proportion of transmission is via droplets, aerosols, physical contact or from surfaces. But, when restrictions start to be relaxed, there will be a lot of people wearing masks on public transport, in supermarkets and elsewhere. This is because of indications that dose matters and higher exposures can lead to more severe illness.
“There is an obvious need for methods to reduce airborne transmission right now for people who cannot avoid contact with the public.”
Read more information here

Smartmatic continues secure voting technology innovation

Smartmatic continues secure voting technology innovation

Smartmatic continued its groundbreaking deployment of secure voting technology to Estonia, Belgium and Bulgaria during the recent European Parliament elections held on May 23 – 26. Voters in the three countries were able to cast fully verifiable votes using advanced and user-friendly technologies featuring state of the art security protections.

In Belgium, more than 23,000 Smartmatic electronic voting machines were deployed across 4,200 polling stations in Flanders and Brussels Capital. Smartmatic also provided a comprehensive suite of services to facilitate election administration including technical support, maintenance and supervision on Election Day.
Read the entire article here