updated 11/30/2010 8:16:51 AM ET 2010-11-30T13:16:51

  • Voters Provided With Biometric Voter Cards
  • Decreased Amount of Eligible Voters by 18% Than Predicted
  • Helping to Ensure "One Person - One Vote"

ISELIN, N.J., Nov. 30, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- On Track Innovations Ltd., (OTI) (Nasdaq:OTIV), a global leader in contactless microprocessor-based smart card solutions for homeland security, payments, petroleum payments, eID Systems and other applications, has successfully completed the upgrade of Zanzibar's Permanent Voter Registry, including the distribution of biometric-based voter cards, for the country's electoral commission.

The project, announced in 2008, wrapped up last month after the completion of general elections in Tanzania and Zanzibar. The government's  project objectives were to verify voter identity, detect and avoid double registration attempts and issue new voter ID cards bearing advanced security features. The system ensured a "one person - one vote" election.

As part of the contract, OTI supplied its end-to-end solution, based on its proprietary, state-of-the-art Voter ID Registry Magna™ platform. The system captured the identity of eligible citizens, posted voter lists and issued voter ID cards which were used in the recent election.  Enrollment was conducted throughout the country, both in urban and rural areas, using OTI's mobile enrollment systems. OTI also provided mobile enrollment stations and incorporated a biometric Automatic Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS).  

The Voter ID system detected hundreds of duplicate registration attempts, which deterred others from trying to register multiple times; as a result, the amount of eligible voters decreased by 18 percent helping to provide more accurate and fairly conducted election.

"OTI's technology helped ensure a fair and democratic election in Zanzibar, preserving the 'one person, one vote' key tenet the government was trying to protect," said Oded Bashan, chairman and CEO, OTI. "Our voter ID card system is a natural extension of our proven expertise in developing advanced national ID card and electronic passport systems. OTI's end-to-end Magna based solution, complemented by the company's knowledge and experience, allows countries to access a quick and cost-effective path to implement secured identification and verification needs, regardless of the country's size and telecommunication infrastructure."

OTI's Voter ID system supports both online and offline communication, thereby allowing every citizen to register and vote irrespective of the local area's communications infrastructure or rural or urban setting. The system is designed to provide maximum accuracy and security while being user friendly.

About OTI

Established in 1990, OTI (Nasdaq:OTIV) designs, develops and markets secure contactless microprocessor-based smart card technology to address the needs of a wide variety of markets. Applications developed by OTI include product solutions for petroleum payment systems, homeland security solutions, electronic passports and IDs, payments, mass transit ticketing, parking, loyalty programs and secure campuses. OTI has a global network of regional offices to market and support its products. The company was awarded the Frost & Sullivan 2005 and 2006 Company of the Year Award in the field of smart cards.

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