Mobile technology has attained heights and the market trend is that every citizens of India will possess a mobile handset by the year 2010 (at cheaper rates of service.) When such a PDA is available why not using it for a time saving, cost effective, secured method of voting.
Description of M-Voting
The concept is as follows:
¢ Every citizen above the age of 18 years has got the right to vote and hence obtaining their fingerprints and storing in the database along with their birth/death record becomes necessary.
¢ User sends his finger print (secured print is encrypted and sent as sequence of data in encoded form) to the service provider.
¢ Service provider verifies the fingerprint and checks for the validity of voting and sends voter list (a mobile ballot paper) through SMS.
¢ User casts his vote and sends 2nd message.
Since mobile phone has connectivity with computer systems it is easy to store and access at the service provider and results be published instantly.
Finger print sensor:
The FingerLoc sensor is a monolithic silicon chip comprising a sensing array and its associated circuitry, all covered by a fairly thick (75 micro metre) proprietary coating. It can be easily embedded in the surface of a cell phone, where the robust coating will protect it from the rigors of normal usage. FingerLoc' key advantage over other (optical) fingerprint sensors, is that it ignores the external fingerprint in a buried layer of living cells, where fingerprints are created, and where they are found in pristine condition.
What it does is apply a low-voltage ac signal to the fingertip and then measure how the resulting electric field varies in amplitude over the fingertip surface.