Keeping Democracy Connected
Pivotel Satellite Elections
Consult with a Satellite Elections Expert
Consult with a Satellite Elections Expert
Elections Challenges and Solutions
There are three basic levels of support that Pivotel provides to the agencies who run national elections.
1. Communications and Continuity: At the most basic level, satellite phones can provide secure voice communications to support communications between elections offices and polling locations to work through any operational issues.
2. Precinct Elections Reporting: At a more advanced level, agencies who use voice to report results can rely upon satellite phones for secure communications, with Pivotel delivering the highest levels of security.
3. Digital Election Results Transmission and Reporting: The gold standard of digital elections is using a modern election technology system. This software-based system can report results via multiple methods including secure satellite connections. Trusted reporting gives real-time results with no chance of physical interference as with paper ballots. Pivotel, together with our global elections partner teams, does this at the scale necessary for countries as large and diverse as Brazil and the Philippines. There are many advantages of a modern elections reporting system and all of them rely on secure delivery from polling places. When those places are in remote locations, elections agencies turn to Pivotel.
Case Study: Brazil Elections 2020
Brazil is a country as large as whole continents, with over 200 million people living in an area twice the size of the European Union. Yet small villages are spread across huge areas accessible only by canoe or pack animal. As Latin America’s largest democracy, Brazil holds elections every 2 years and requires every citizen to cast a ballot.
Inmarsat featured Pivotel in their first-ever virtual Partner conference with a case study related to our work supporting the Brazilian elections. This was an extraordinary project using Inmarsat BGAN and the Pivotel network and Pulsar network management system to enable secure and rapid election results reporting during the 2020 elections. The conference featured a three minute video highlighting our work and then a Q&A session with Pivotel President Robert Sakker exploring some of the challenges and successes of the program.
Pivotel Satellite Elections Experience
Pivotel Network Capabilities
More broadly, Pivotel’s operations span all mission critical applications be they on land (fixed and land mobile services), on water (maritime services), or in the air (aero services). These services have been used in practically every application to provide narrowband and broadband communications for disaster recovery operations, temporary construction trailers, remote voice/video/data services, SCADA/metering and other mission critical applications. We enable legacy and next generation networks to interwork and to operate over all MSS and FSS services. With our network architecture, we are able to provide the most secure and cost-effective means of voice, data and messaging communications while achieving the highest possible speeds and availability depending on the client application. Our globally redundant network architecture allows for seamless integration of next-generation technology into existing infrastructures.
Pivotel is its own ISP, operating our own global data network, and we are not dependent on others for the acquisition or routing of IP addresses (ARIN, RIPE and APNIC IP address ranges are available). Pivotel can satisfy its customers’ connectivity and hosting needs, whilst guaranteeing the lowest possible latency in a satellite environment, even when combining access methods from different satellite operators with private leased lines. Pivotel currently serves commercial customers worldwide and partners in various segments of the government (i.e. DoD, Civil, Public Safety, Utilities, etc.), Non-Government Organizations (NGOs), and multiple commercial markets.
Satellite Election Comments
~ Brazil Office of Elections
“Pivotel is without a doubt “the” election specialist for countries dealing with connectivity challenges in remote areas.”
~ Ross Newcombe, Inmarsat