Barcelona & Brasilia, November 6, 2013 – Scytl, the worldwide leader in secure online voting and election modernization, has announced today the acquisition of 100% of OAK Soluçoes, the leading provider of online voting and digital certification technology in Brazil.
With this acquisition, Scytl consolidates its presence and reach in the Brazilian market. The addition of OAK´s online voting and digital certification technology further enhances Scytl´s industry leading election modernization and online voting solutions portfolio. Founded in 2003, OAK Soluçoes brings over 10 years of experience in the Brazilian election market, together with over 60 active customers in the public and private sectors.
“The Brazilian election market is booming and OAK Soluçoes is the perfect choice to enter this market because of its technology, market presence and management team,” says Pere Valles, CEO at Scytl. “We now have a great platform to grow in Brazil and in the region” added Valles.
OAK Soluçoes has provided its online voting and digital certification solutions in both the public and private sectors to organizations such as the Brazilian Ministry of Labor, the Brazilian Supreme Court, the National Municipality Confederation, the Federal Council of Architects, the INSS National Doctors Association and the Federal Council of Pharmacists, to name a few. Key products include:
- WebVoto: an online voting solution adapted to the specific election requirements of Brazil with comprehensive source code auditing capabilities.
- ICP-Bravo: an encryption and digital certification suite of applications fully compliant with Brazilian rules and regulations.
“Joining forces with the worldwide market leader was the right decision for our customers and employees. Scytl´s global resources and reach will allow us to further expand in the public and private sectors in Brazil,” concludes Renato Marques, President of OAK Soluçoes.
The acquisition of OAK Soluçoes represents the fourth strategic acquisition carried out by Scytl in 2013. Previous acquisitions include Maxim Consulting, a U.S.-based voter registration software company and the software division of the Belgian organization Gov2U that extends Scytl´s eDemocracy solution.
Scytl is the global leader in secure election management and electronic voting solutions. Specializing in election modernization technologies, Scytl offers the first end-to-end election management and voting platform, providing the highest security and transparency standards currently available. Scytl has capitalized on its more than 18 years of research to develop election-specific cryptographic security technology protected by more than 40 international patents and patent applications, positioning Scytl as the company with the largest patent portfolio of the industry. Scytl’s solutions have been successfully used in more than 30 countries throughout the world over the last 10 years, including Canada, the United States, Mexico, Ecuador, France, Norway, Switzerland, Bosnia-Herzegovina, the UAE, India and Australia. Scytl is headquartered in Barcelona, Spain with strategic offices in Canada, the United States, Peru and Greece as well as field offices in the UK, Ukraine, Malaysia, India and Brazil. www.scytl.com
About OAK Soluçoes
Founded in 2003, OAK Soluçoes has rapidly grown to become the leading provider of online voting and digital certification technology in Brazil. Its main solutions are WebVoto, an online voting platform for private sector elections, and ICP-Bravo, an encryption and digital certification suite of applications fully compliant with Brazilian rules and regulations. OAK Soluçoes is based in Brasilia and has over 60 active customers in the public and private sectors in Brazil. www.oaks.com.br
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