As the internationally recognized leader in secure election management and electronic voting solutions for its expertise, the last 10 years have seen Scytl manage over 100,000 electoral events electronically across more than 20 countries, including the USA, Mexico, France, Norway, Switzerland, Austria, BiH and India.
Founded in 2001 as a spin-off from a university research group, Scytl has a strong commitment to R&D. Its current patent portfolio is the largest in the industry and is composed of more than 40 international patents in the area of security applied to election processes.
Scytl’s solutions have been audited by independent organizations and by academic experts in the field of election administration that have consistently found its security and technology to be reliable and compliant with the highest security standards currently established.
Scytl was founded in 2001 as a spin-off from a leading research group at the Autonomous University of Barcelona that had pioneered the research of security solutions for the electronic voting industry since 1994. This scientific group produced the first two European PhD theses on electronic voting security and numerous international publications in the field of application-level cryptography and e-voting.
With the acquisition of SOE Software in January 2012, Scytl has strengthened its position as the industry leader in the election software market with a full range of solutions that cover the whole election process, including secure Internet voting, online ballot delivery, electronic poll books, election night reporting, and online poll worker training to mention just a few.
Our Name: Scytl
The Scytale is considered to be the first cryptographic tool, consisting of a cylinder with a strip of parchment wound around it and on which a message is written. This ancient Greeks, and in particular the Spartans, are said to have used this cipher to communicate during military campaigns as it had the advantage of being fast and not prone to mistakes.
Modern digital techniques have replaced these historic encryption methods and Scytl is here to apply them for you. Scytl embodies a new generation that reinvents technology to improve election processes by using enhanced security measures.
Scytl Technology Patents
Scytl has capitalized on its over 18 years of research experience to develop groundbreaking cryptographic protocols that secure the election registration, voting and results consolidation processes and are patent-protected.
Scytl’s current patent portfolio is composed of more than 40 international patents and patent applications in the area of security applied to the election process, positioning Scytl as the company with the largest patent portfolio in the industry. Scytl´s technology and software is also protected by copyrights.
Scytl Technology Audits
Scytl has conducted elections in over 20 countries throughout the world and has been audited by independent international organizations and academic experts in the field of election administration that have consistently found its security and technology to be accurate and reliable. These organizations include the French Security Agency, Price Waterhouse Coopers, and the Center for Advanced Security Research, the US Air Force Institute of Technology, Trondheim University in Norway, Fribourg University in Switzerland, and the Polytechnic University of Catalonia and the Autonomous University of Barcelona, both in Spain.
Scytl is a privately-owned corporation. Scytl’s shareholders are 3 leading venture capital funds: Balderton Capital, Nauta Capital and Spinnaker Invest as well as a group of individuals, including Scytl’s founders and management team. In compliance with Scytl´s strict political neutrality policy, none of Scytl’s shareholders or senior management members have any political affiliations.
Scytl Policy on Campaign Contributions
Both Scytl and SOE Software have corporate policies prohibiting direct or indirect company financial contributions to candidates, political parties or political action committees (PAC). As Scytl and SOE Software are election technology companies who work to support the conduct of fair, accurate and secure elections, neither company has any political affiliation of any sort.