Pangea, a trusted global supplier of digital transformation solutions for government and enterprise organizations, together with TECH5, an innovator in the field of biometrics and identity management, provided a multi-modal biometric matching solution (ABIS) to the Electoral Commission of Jamaica, as well as support for the establishment and maintenance of a biometric voter registry. This project was awarded to Pangea after winning a public tender from the Electoral Commission of Jamaica (ECJ) for the replacement of Automated Biometric Identification Solution (ABIS) and related applications (bidding document reference number ECJ/ABIS:2021).

Pangea successfully integrated a centralized biometric voter registration system, including installation, configuration, and commissioning of TECH5’s multimodal automated biometric matching system T5-OmniMatch ABIS, to de-duplicate, identify and verify voters with fingerprint and face biometrics. The company also integrated the supplied technologies with the existing systems like the Elector Registration System (ERS).

T5-OmniMatch ABIS (Automated Biometric Identification System) platform, installed in this project, was fully compliant with all requirements, such as having a minimum capacity to manage 3 million elector records, supporting ANSI/NIST-ITL 1-2011 for communication and export/import data, using the ANSI/NIST ITL 1-2011 standard for all communications, having fingerprint compression algorithm certified by the FBI, and other requirements listed in the bidding document.

Pangea’s platform included biometric de-duplication of migrated and enrolled biometrics, to ensure that the same person does not exist in the database under a different name and allows the identification and verification of voters by face and fingerprints against the entire database within seconds. TECH5’s biometric technologies integrated into the platform are among the fastest and the most accurate in the world, according to international benchmarks.

The project involved migration from the existing 10-years-old Cogent Automated Fingerprint Processing System (Thales CABIS) platform to the modern multi-modal TECH5’s matching platform. Pangea and TECH5’s team delivered a solution to perform quality checks on existing images of fingerprints and faces that were then inserted into the new T5-OmniMatch ABIS to perform deduplication checks. The new platform also features accepting fingerprint images captured using a CardScan software where inked (paper-based) fingerprints were converted into digital format to be processed by the platform.

All hardware and software components for the Electoral Commission of Jamaica for this project, were delivered by Pangea and TECH5, including kits for biometric registration systems across the country, supporting a voter register of four million people, with maintenance and continuous support. Pangea has sub-contracted a Jamaica-based IT company to provide after-sale maintenance and support services for a period of five years.

“We are proud of the successful completion of this important ABIS project, with full satisfaction of our customer, among other Pangea’s civil and criminal biometric projects implemented worldwide. This achievement is an important milestone in Pangea’s overall efforts in this region.” – comments Pangea’s Chief Business Officer, Uzy Rozenthal.

“We are delighted to announce another successful voter registry project, following the implementations in Oman and other countries, and implemented with our trusted partner Pangea. TECH5 is bringing a modern approach to the biometric solutions deployed for elections and we are proud to know that TECH5’s technologies help to eliminate the risk of voter fraud and ensure election security and will be scaling this successful use case in other countries this year.” – says Ameya Bhagwat, TECH5’s SVP Global Sales and Business Development.