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High-Speed Scanner and Tabulator

DS850®

The DS850 high-speed central scanner and vote tabulator is the fastest central scanner in the election industry, capable of processing 300 double-sided 14-inch ballots per minute. The system is typically used in a central location as a scanner and tabulator for Election Day, absentee and early voting. The DS850 continuously scans and intelligently sorts ballots with its high-speed digital image processing, saving election staff valuable time when tabulating results.

Security features:

  • Physical and System Access Controls
  • Audit Logs
  • Proprietary Flash Drives
  • System Application Controls
  • Encryption, Hash Validation and Digital Signatures

Product features:

Security facts:

Physical and System Access Controls

The DS850 utilizes physical and system access controls including lockable doors, tamper-evident seals and access codes. These security safeguards cannot be bypassed or deactivated and alert election officials of unauthorized access while the unit is in storage, transport, preparation and operation.

Audit Logs

The DS850 generates a detailed audit log of all actions and events that have occurred on the unit, which can be printed at any time. Every action and event, including access attempts, access of system functions and errors, is logged and timestamped.

Proprietary Flash Drives

The DS850 will only accept certified and approved USB flash drives that contain encrypted data sealed with the correct, FIPS-compliant, signed data key. As such, once an election official installs election programming, it is not possible for a separate device to interface with the DS850 in order to overwrite or change the election definition or system firmware.

System Application Controls

The DS850 is a purpose-built tabulator. Its system functions are only executable during election events, in the manner and order intended by election officials performing their duties. The system performs a self-diagnostic test at startup, which alerts election officials of errors or changes to the system before any election data is introduced.

Encryption, Hash Validation and Digital Signatures

All data generated during the polls is encrypted and digitally signed. Additional hash validations ensure data integrity remains intact. The DS850 also generates a signed data key, ensuring that should unauthorized access of a unit occur, no other units can be affected through data transfer.

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