The voter authentication devices, marketed as VIU-815s, were provided by Smartmatic to the Central Election Commission (CEC) of the Republic of Armenia for deployment across the country. The portable devices enabled polling officers everywhere to verify the identity of the voters and determine if they had already voted, preventing fraud due to voter-impersonation and multiple-voting.  

The Access-IS OCR310e is one of many optional devices, including fingerprint and smartcard readers, capable of fitment to the VIU-815. Combining ultra-compact size and low-power consumption, the OCR310e delivers highly accurate and very fast optical character recognition (OCR).

The OCR reading engine captures code lines from machine readable passports (MRP), visas (MRV), US and international resident permits, as well as European and other national ID cards, conforming to ICAO 9303 & ISO/IEC 7501-1 (2 and 3-line MRZ).


Commenting on the Armenian Parliamentary elections of April 2017, the International Elections Observation Missions (IEOM) has cited the introduction of Voter Authentication Devices (VADs) as a “useful tool for building confidence in the integrity of Election Day proceedings”. 

Smartmatic is currently the supplier for six of the eight countries pioneering election automation. Their systems have helped hundreds of millions of voters cast over 3.7 billion ballots in government elections.  

Speaking about the use of biometrics in elections, Antonio Mugica, CEO at Smartmatic said “The number of countries adopting biometrics to improve elections and mitigate fraud has steadily increased to over 50.” 

About Access-IS

Access-IS is at the forefront of the development of innovative electronic systems; specialising in image processing, RFID/NFC technology, barcode reading and specialist keyboards. Access-IS are dedicated to manufacturing innovative products designed to accurately capture and transfer information into electronic systems.

Access-IS is the market leader in the Airports & Airlines sector with rapid growth in the Identity & Security and Transportation & Ticketing sectors over the past few years. The Company now boasts a very large install which sees Access-IS products in daily use in over 72 countries. In addition to our specialist custom keyboards, which are now the ‘de-facto’ standard for some of the largest banks, airlines and retailers in the world, the product range includes boarding gate readers, a wide range of document readers for ID document capture & scanning and ticket readers for ground transport & access control.

Access-IS ID & Security products are designed to read e-Passport, e-ID and e-DL for governmental and commercial applications. From the world’s smallest OEM OCR reader to our advanced full-page passport reader, we have a product for every application; Border Control, Immigration, Document Issuance, Law Enforcement, Banking, Retail, Data Capture, KYC or Anti-Money Laundering and Age Verification.

Accredited to ISO9001:2008 and with a track record stretching back 30 years, Access-IS continues to guarantee the highest standards of design and quality with its dedicated Research and Development team based in the UK and the vast majority of its products manufactured in the UK with only the highest quality materials and techniques.

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About Smartmatic

Legitimate elections are essential to any modern democracy. That's why, for more than a decade, Smartmatic have been developing voting technologies that increase the transparency, efficiency and integrity of elections while making voting more accessible.

Smartmatic are the undisputed leaders of the electronic voting industry, helping hundreds of millions of voters cast over 3.7 billion ballots in government elections around the world, offering a technology that has become a worldwide standard.

Currently, of the eight countries pioneering in election automation, Smartmatic provides voting technology and services to six of them. Every year we continue to bring our ground-breaking approach to more countries embracing election automation, promoting the many benefits of electronic polling booths.

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