Security measures in place for signal jammers - IT expert

Posted at Apr 26 2013 12:29 PM | Updated as of Apr 26 2013 08:29 PM

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MANILA, Philippines - An information technology expert says security measures are in place to prevent disruptions in the transmission of election results in case the signals of precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines are jammed.

IT expert Lito Averia from the group Automated Election System Watch said one contingency plan set up by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) is the printing of election returns so that the members of the Board of Election Inspectors (BEIs) have reference materials.

"A security precaution is the printing of the election returns so that at least you have a reference point to compare, for example, one election return coming from a specific precinct then the Comelec board of canvassers can compare what they receive electronically vis a vis the printed copy," Averia said.

"The hand delivery from the voting precinct to the board of canvassers of the cf card is also a contingency plan set up by the Comelec but that exposes of course the election results to certain risks just like in the manual system where we had like ballot boxes being snatched. We may have a situation wherein cf cards are also snatched," he added.

Meanwhile, National Telecommunications Communication (NTC) director for broadcast services Alvin Blanco said the jamming devices can disrupt signals but only in limited areas.

"These jamming devices, they have a limited range. So they can only interfere or jam within a specific area within the reach or capability of the equipment... It can range from about a few feet to several tens or hundred of meters," Blanco said.

Mornings @ ANC, April 25, 2013