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Comelec junks P1.21-B biometrics bid SAHI-Tiger IT ‘s system failed accuracy tests

Posted on: August 10, 2009

Comelec junks P1.21-B biometrics bid

SAHI-Tiger IT ‘s system failed accuracy tests
By Anna Valmero
First Posted 16:52:00 08/10/2009

Filed Under: Technology (general), Elections

MANILA, Philippines — The Commission on Elections “post-disqualified” a bidder for the P1.6 billion project that would be used to purge its computerized voters’ list or CVL, a spokesperson said.

During the post qualification process of bid documents, the agency’s bids and awards committee (BAC) found that the joint venture of Strategic Alliance Holding Inc. (SAHI)-Tiger IT, which bid P1.216 billion for the project, failed to comply with the standards and requirements in the legal and technical specifications for the automated fingerprint identification (AFIS) system, said Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez.

SAHI-Tiger IT was declared post-disqualified after it failed to submit a single largest contract (SLC), of similar nature to Comelec’s project, within the allowed period, according to Jimenez.

It was also found that the joint venture’s bid documents were executed under a lawyer who has no authority to administer oath. Its proposed system also failed to meet the 99.99 percent accuracy rating in fingerprint and biometrics matching.

The joint venture’s system, called Tiger AFIS, registered 21 percent accuracy, matching only 22 of the required 205 finger print matches in the 2,000 fingerprint and biometrics specimens.

“During post qualification of the bid documents, the BAC goes beyond the submission of requirements and verifies if the documents comply with the requirements,” noted Jimenez.

Tiger AFIS was said to be fully developed sometime in June 2009. But the SLC submitted reveal that it was executed on November 2007, more than a year before Tiger IT was able to develop its own AFIS software.

Meanwhile, a certification from the Regional Trial Court of the National Capital Judicial Region in Quezon City noted that lawyer Maximo Alvarez, who certified and notarized SAHI-Tiger IT’s legal documents, was found to be without authority to administer any oath.

Comelec is set to evaluate this week the bid of another joint venture UNISON pegged at P1.599 billion.

The P1.6 billion CVL cleansing project of Comelec includes: validation of existing registration records using biometrics worth P300 million; online data submission and synchronization system at P50 million; AFIS matching and AFIS server applications at P1 billion; and the
voter ID generation at P250 million.

“If UNISON joint venture also fails to comply with the bidding, Comelec will declare a failure of bidding and there will be a re-bidding for the project,” said Jimenez.


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