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Oracle helps modernise Bangladesh's voter system

Veronica C. Silva | May 8, 2012
Voters' identities can be verified using improved biometrics and registration system powered by Oracle Exadata Database Machine.

The Bangladesh Election Commission (BEC) recently went live with an improved and modernised voter identification and registration system that will protect the sacred electoral process for 89 million Bangladeshi voters. 

The electoral body counted on Oracle's database solution to unify various database systems holding important voter information such as fingerprints, photos, signatures, and contact details, which were earlier vulnerable to security threats and manipulation.

With the Oracle Exadata Database Machine X2-2, the BEC is now able to verify the identification of voters across 602 remote locations with the option to expand further depending on the requirements. Oracle said its database solution can accommodate the three to five percent year-on-year growth in registrations as more citizens reach legal voting age.

The project head of Dhaka-based BEC expressed confidence in the commission's modern voter registration system.

"Oracle Exadata Database Machine has provided us with advanced data security, processing, and administration functions," said Brigadier General Akhtaruzzaman Siddique, psc, te, National Project Director, PERP and FINIDC Project, Bangladesh Election Commission. "By including the scalable database machine in our identification and voter registration system, I believe we now have the best data capturing and management solution available."

Oracle said the solution it provided the BEC can process identification queries with fingerprints in less than 30 seconds.

Business benefits

"The Oracle Exadata Database Machine delivers a compelling, pre-configured solution for customers to deploy applications at the speed of business," said Chris Chelliah, vice president & chief architect, Oracle Asia Pacific. "The performance benefits being experienced by Bangladesh Election Commission are phenomenal and in line with the value experienced by Exadata customers globally. We are confident that with the Oracle Exadata Database Machine, organisations can continue to expand service offerings to their customers at the best price/performance point."

Oracle has assured the BEC that its database solution features utmost security and uninterrupted service during elections. The enhanced features of the Oracle database solution includes reporting capablities to  track and analyse how staff across different locations use the identification system.

Oracle added that the new system cuts database administration and management requirements between 20 and 30 percent.

With the database solution, the voter system can also be used by other government agencies for online citizen identification.

The project went live in April last year after only three weeks of implementation with the help of TigerIT, a Gold level member of Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN) provided consulting and support services.

The BEC is an independent constitutional body with more than 600 regional offices and locations, and more than 1,500 staff.

 

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