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Voting systems

Since 1996, Ektaco has been developing and maintaining the voting systems of the Parliament and subsequently the Tallinn City Council.Tallinna Volikogu hääletussüsteem

The voting system is a computerised system based on MSSQL database which is connected to a local network with the voting controls and microphones of delegates. In the chambers, it is the main tool for delegates and the chairperson to ensure smooth work flows.

To chair the sessions and provide for support services, software solutions have been developed for:

  • The chairperson who chairs the meetings of delegates
  • The operator who manages the technical functioning of the voting system as requested by the chairperson
  • The delivery man who provides support for the session participants
  • The information display which is used to inform about the session’s voting results, requests for statements, requests for comments, etc
  • The system administrator who manages the settings and basic data

The voting system is usually interfaced with systems for document management, recording of minutes, subtitling, and camera control. The interfaces allow loading the session information in the voting system and returning the created data (voting results, etc). The command to open the microphone also focuses the camera on the speaker. All this simplifies various types of broadcasting in television and Internet environments.

The level of system automation has been maximised. The delegate’s desk features a control box with an information display which allows:

  • submit and withdraw requests for statements and requests for speech
  • voting
  • calling for delivery man
  • browsing the agendas
  • view detailed voting results, etc

The control box consists of:

  • a LED-backlit LCD touch screen of a size requested by the user
     
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  • a CPU module running on Linux
  • a smartcard reader which supports ID cards or a fingerprint reader
  • a microphone with an amplifier and indicator lamps
  • a loudspeaker
  • an energy-saving desk lamp with a LED module

Ektaco has also carried out hardware-specific programming work along with interfacing with the superstructure of the system. The continuous development of our specialists and the use of modern development tools allows providing comprehensive voting system solutions which serve the following purposes:

  • to provide more functional and reliable tools for executive and assisting personnel along the an improved overview of what's going on
  • to simplify and streamline the work flows for system operators
  • to enhance user convenience and provide immediate feedback
  • to improve ergonomics
  • to simplify maintenance and administration
  • to improve reliability

Investments in specialised voting systems allow the state and local government bodies to improve the quality and effectiveness of decision-making procedures employing modern IT facilities.

All software can be adapted to various language versions to enable holding international events and exporting the system.

If you are looking for voting system solutions, please contact our Software Division to get more information and negotiate.

Risto Tamme
Software Division Manager
Phone +372 639 7936
e-mail: risto.tamme@ektaco.ee