As the internationally recognized leader in secure election management and electronic voting solutions for its expertise, the last 10 years have seen Scytl manage over 100,000 electoral events electronically across more than 20 countries, including the USA, Mexico, France, Norway, Switzerland, Austria, BiH and India.
Founded in 2001 as a spin-off from a university research group, Scytl has a strong commitment to R&D. Its current patent portfolio is the largest in the industry and is composed of more than 40 international patents in the area of security applied to election processes.
Scytl’s solutions have been audited by independent organizations and by academic experts in the field of election administration that have consistently found its security and technology to be reliable and compliant with the highest security standards currently established.
Our Name: Scytl
The Scytale is considered to be the first cryptographic tool, consisting of a cylinder with a strip of parchment wound around it on which a message is written. The ancient Greeks, and in particular the Spartans, are said to have used this cipher to communicate during military campaigns as it had the advantage of being fast and not prone to mistakes.
Modern digital techniques have replaced these historic encryption methods and Scytl is here to apply them for you. Scytl embodies a new generation that reinvents technology to improve election processes by using enhanced security measures.
Scytl was founded in 2001 as a spin-off from a leading research group at the Autonomous University of Barcelona that had pioneered the research of security solutions for the electronic voting industry since 1994. This scientific group produced the first two European PhD theses on electronic voting security and numerous international publications in the field of application-level cryptography and e-voting.
With the acquisition of SOE Software in January 2012, Scytl has strengthened its position as the industry leader in the election software market with a full range of solutions that cover the whole election process, including secure Internet voting, online ballot delivery, electronic poll books, election night reporting, and online poll worker training to mention just a few.
Scytl Technology Patents
Scytl has capitalized on its over 18 years of research experience to develop groundbreaking cryptographic protocols that secure the election registration, voting and results consolidation processes and are patent-protected.
Scytl’s current patent portfolio is composed of more than 40 international patents and patent applications in the area of security applied to the election process, positioning Scytl as the company with the largest patent portfolio in the industry. Scytl´s technology and software is also protected by copyrights.
Scytl Technology Audits
Scytl has conducted elections in over 20 countries throughout the world and has been audited by independent international organizations and academic experts in the field of election administration that have consistently found its security and technology to be accurate and reliable. These organizations include the French Security Agency, Price Waterhouse Coopers, and the Center for Advanced Security Research, the US Air Force Institute of Technology, Trondheim University in Norway, Fribourg University in Switzerland, and the Polytechnic University of Catalonia and the Autonomous University of Barcelona, both in Spain.
Scytl Policy on Campaign Contributions
Both Scytl and SOE Software have corporate policies prohibiting direct or indirect company financial contributions to candidates, political parties or political action committees (PAC). As Scytl and SOE Software are election technology companies who work to support the conduct of fair, accurate and secure elections, neither company has any political affiliation of any sort.
Scytl is a privately-owned corporation. Scytl’s shareholders are leading venture capital funds: Balderton Capital, Nauta Capital, Spinnaker Invest, Vulcan Capital, Sapphire Ventures, Vy Capital, Industry Ventures and Adams Street Partners, as well as a group of individuals, including Scytl’s founders and management team. In compliance with Scytl´s strict political neutrality policy, none of Scytl’s shareholders or senior management members have any political affiliations.
About the Founder
Scytl’s founder, Dr. Riera pioneered the research about e-voting security, first as an academic researcher and from 2001 to 2006 as the company’s chairman.
Dr. Andreu Riera (September 20, 1970 – March 11, 2006)
Dr. Riera initiated his academic research in 1993 at a leading research group specializing in e-voting security at the Autonomous University of Barcelona. This research group accounts for an extensive list of scientific results, including over 30 publications in international journals and conferences as well as the first two European PhD theses on electronic voting security. Dr. Riera is the author of one of these PhD theses, “Design of Implementable Solutions for Large Scale Electronic Voting Schemes”, which was published in 1999. This research group also participated in the first Internet binding election in Europe (i.e., the 1997 election to the Presidency of the IEEE IT Spanish chapter).
In June 2001, Dr. Riera founded Scytl with other entrepreneurs with the mission of bringing specialized security technologies to market in order to make electronic voting completely secure and trustworthy. Since then, Scytl has positioned itself as the worldwide leader in electronic voting, being considered as the most trusted expert in the industry.
Dr. Riera co-authored eight international patents, four of which refer to technical models to bring confidence to e-voting systems. Dr. Riera participated as a lecturer and speaker in numerous international conferences and seminars on e-voting security. Dr. Riera also shared his extensive knowledge on e-voting as advisor of numerous governments and international institutions.
Dr. Riera was a serial entrepreneur and was involved in many different ventures in the technology field. Dr. Riera combined these activities with his position as the Chairman of Scytl.
Dr. Riera had a bachelor degree in Computer Engineering and a PhD in Cryptography (summa cum laude) from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.
Dr. Riera passed away on March 11, 2006. His significant scientific contribution to e-voting and his legacy for e-democracy remain through Scytl.