Ther are two main issues I have on the specification of the AccuTouch.
1) The internal battery must be capable of operating the voting unit
for a minimum of (3) three hours and preferable all day because we now
have competition that provide light weight units that also use smart card
and can operate all day, therefore it is difficult to justify our heavier
units that cannot operate more than one hour on our batteries. I'm sure
you'll agree one hour would not give most counties enough time to respond
to a power disruption and voting cannot stop.
2) Internal printers will be required on any units sold in some states
such as Virginia. It will be required that each unit print a zero total
in the morning before voting begins and print a total of votes cast at
the end of voting just as is now require of the AccuVote.
Also, I believe that the one single thing that now sets us apart from
everyone else is the size of our screen. I don't believe a smaller screen
would be of value because no matter the jurisdiction size they may have
races with a large number of candidates or issues that require large amounts
Talbot Iredale wrote:
To all interested parties;
We have now completed the first phase of the Accu-Touch redesign (design
specification). I have attached a coy of this design to this email.
Please review and email me your comments. Here
is a brief overview of the major points of the design:
There are a few items I really would like some feed
back on. They are:
Weigh less than 15 lbs..
Data is stored on a PCMCIA (PCCard) memory card similar
to the Accu-Vote but with much more capacity. Therefor the election that
the Accu-Touch processes is based on the memory card inserted (again like
All connections, except the smart card reader, will be behind locked panels.
Internal battery backed up system good for at least 1 hour hopefully up
to 8 hours (dependant on cost & weight)
Has two PCMCIA connectors, one for the 'memory' card the other for expansion
such as modem.
Slim ergonomic enclosure
Has Infrared port for communicating with Pollbook
Has smart card reader
Headphone & keyboard connector for VIPs units
Two screen options:
We are currently considering supporting an 10 inch and a 15
inch LCD. The 10 inch is about $400, our cost, less expensive therefor
approx. $1200 list price difference. Is this a worthwhile option?
Any ideas as to what percentage 10" verse 15" system we will sell. Should
we consider supporting a larger screen 19 inch? How much more could we
sell this for ($100, $500, $1000, $2000) ?
If you have any thoughts about this now is the time to let me know. Tab
Should the printer be internal or external? The disadvantage
of an internal printer is that is places some serious restrictions on the
ergonomic design of the enclosure due to paper roll size. It also
impacts the power supply requirements since printers consume a fair amount
of power. The advantage is cost. If most units need a printer
then the internal printer is the way to go. So what percent of units
are expected to need a printer?
Landscape verse portrait screen orientation
The expected 'normal' operation of the unit will be in portrait
mode (higher than wider) but we have had requests for 'landscape' mode.
For those places that want landscape would the current 15 inch Accu-touch
screen work or do we need an even larger screen? How many units potentially
will want the landscape screen (100, 500, 1000, 5000, etc) ? How much more
will they pay?