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Re: PCC (fka Poll Book) Questions

Ken, has any thought been given to the type of "travel case" these little guys should be transported to and from and/or stored in at the warehouse?  Les
----- Original Message -----
From: Ken Clark
Sent: Monday, June 10, 2002 11:46 PM
Subject: RE: PCC (fka Poll Book) Questions

From: owner-support@gesn.com [mailto:owner-support@gesn.com] On Behalf Of Lesley Thompson
Monday, June 10, 2002 7:20 PM

Ken, at one point you talked about an "automatic load."  Is that to get the PCC software onto the Jornada and/or to get the "election specific files" into the PCC-Jornada's FXX folder? 

I'm trying to think through the logistics of what all will need to be done to a fleet of Jornadas to turn them into a fleet of PCCs.

Sounds like a PCC-Jornada could actually go to a vote center and get "personalized" in the field.


Well, I think everyone is still bouncing procedures around until a sweet spot is found, but I donít think you want to load them in the field on election day, if that is what you mean.  You want poll workers doing as little as possible, and you really donít want them ejecting memory cards from AVTS units to load their PCC.  All IMHO.


If you are pointing out that the logistics of loading 300 PCCs is going to be a pain, I think everyone shares your sentiment.  But it is really the same logistics that you will have to deal with w.r.t. the ballot stations themselves.


Same song, second verse:  any news on the larger footprint NEC MobilePro as it relates to becoming a PCC device?


We got an email from Ken Indorf of CardLogix fame promising to have the problem identified by dayís end, but the follow-up never materialized.  It is just as frustrating for us when the problem is in someone elseís hands.  Weíll keep you posted.  This issue is still on the front burner, insofar as it is in our control.








----- Original Message -----

From: Ken Clark

Sent: Monday, June 10, 2002 11:10 PM

Subject: RE: Poll Book Questions


Ahh, gotcha now.  You download them using Ballot Station.  Those ďelection specific filesĒ are just a (that is, any) PCMCIA card from the vote center.  Any PCMCIA card from the vote center can be inserted into the PCC, and voila, the PCC takes on that personality.


So the sequence of events is:


    Download all the PCMCIA cards for a vote center using a ballot station.  That will usually mean 3-6 cards, depending on how many machines they put in a polling place.

    Take one of those cards (any one), and insert it into the PCC. 

    After it is loaded, take the PCMCIA card and put it in whatever AVTS machine it belongs in.  The PCC doesnít need the card once it is loaded.





-----Original Message-----
From: owner-support@gesn.com [mailto:owner-support@gesn.com] On Behalf Of Lesley Thompson
Monday, June 10, 2002 6:41 PM
To: support@gesn.com
Subject: Re: Poll Book Questions


ok, I asked the wrong question.  Let me try again.


How do you create the election specific files that need to go onto the PCC for a given vote center so that you can encode cards for those ballot styles?



----- Original Message -----

From: Ken Clark

Sent: Monday, June 10, 2002 10:04 PM

Subject: RE: Poll Book Questions


[taking this to the support list, since we are pretty close to a public release of PCC]


n.b.  Itís called a Precinct Control Center, not a Poll Book.


From: Lesley Thompson [mailto:lesley@gesn.com]
Monday, June 10, 2002 5:36 PM
To: Dmitry Papushin
Cc: ken@gesn.com
Subject: Poll Book Questions


What is the procedure for creating the PCMCIA Vote Center election cards from GEMS for the PollBook PCC device? 


You donít.  You create PCMCIA memory cards with ballot station.  We are also in the process of developing a mass download device to create multiple PCMCIA cards simultaneously.  It was never really intended to be a feature of the PCC to create memory cards.  A download device needs to have a high speed connection (read network) to GEMS, and the Jornada does not have built in network capability.  You can use a PCMCIA network card of course, but then there is no place to put the memory card.


How does this differ from creating R6 encoder cards for each vote center? 


This question I donít follow.