US-based SysTest Labs wins deal to review, validate software for 2010 automated polls

October 5, 2009 10:23 am 

MANILA, Oct. 5 -The Commission on Elections has chosen a US-based company as the company that will review and certify the source code of the software in the 82,200 precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines that will be used for the May 2010 elections.

SysTest Labs outbid three other bidders during an auction held last week, Comelec commissioner Rene Sarmiento said.

“We’ve selected SysTest Labs after the BAC recommended them as meeting and complying with all the requirements,” said Comelec Commissioner Rene Sarmiento.

He said the main task of the company is to ensure that the 82,200 machines that the Comelec will use in next year’s election are “operating properly, securely and accurately in accordance with the law.”

Sarmiento did not disclose the cost of the project, saying he didm not know the exact figure.

He added that he was not sure if the funding for the certification, review and validation is part of the P7.2 billion bid offer of the consortium of the Smartmatic Corp. and Total Information Management Corp. (TIM).

SysTest Labs was established in 1995, it is engaged in software quality assurance, independent verification and validation, and test engineering.

It specializes in and adhere to the strictest quality assurance standards and best practices, as well as state-of-the-art project management precepts, espoused by industry-recognized thought leaders in such organizations as IEEE, ISO, CMMI, and the Project Management Institute.

Among its clients include Microsoft, Molson Coors Brewing Company, and ING as well the US Department of Agriculture. (PNA)

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