Commission on Election (COMELEC) decides to use PCOS Machine than to the older voting processes for the upcoming 2013 Government Elections here in the Philippines that will happen on May 13. But before that if you want to know about PCOS specs and features you can visit here:
Now let me discuss why and what are the worst case scenarios and advance technology to avoid this scenarios that could be possibly happen. I will list all i learn about the PCOS MACHINE. PCOS Machine built in security technology.
STOLEN PCOS MACHINES
If someone steals a PCOS machine, it can easily be traced using the serial number and the serves will not accept any signal from those machines.
The PCOS Machine has a standby battery in case of a brown out.
NO CELLPHONE SIGNAL
Since PCOS relies on cellphone reception, it cannot transmit data in remote areas. However, it can do this using satellite transmission.
If that does not work, the PCOS technician can manually bring the memory card to the municipal server.
MALFUNCTIONING PCOS AND SHORTAGE
A shortage of PCOS machines is unlikely to happen since they are numbered and serialized for each precinct. However, there are back-up PCOS machines if there is a malfunctioning machine.
PCOS MACHINES ARE SECURE, PEOPLE MIGHT NOT
The makers of PCOS Machines and its software's placed many security measures to ensure the credibility of the elections. However, no matter how secure our election may be, it is still the people who will determine who will be the next President, Senators or Mayor.
HACKERS AND STEALING OF DATA FROM MEMORY CARD OR WIRELESS
If there is a very clever person who can get his hands on the data, he stills needs to crack the 256-bit encryption place on the data. It's likely having a doc x file and you only have Microsoft Word 2003. No matter how you do it, you can't open the file. In this case, you need much more than MS Word 2007 to read tally of votes.