African women and children in a village

The JMC Voter Registration PHOTO Capture and Printing Solution FAQ

Is the proposed system suitable for use in African & Middle-East field conditions?
Yes. The proposed system uses a printer that has been fully developed with these conditions in mind including a dust resistant design and a set of power supply alternatives that make it operable in the field during a complete working day without any access to mains electricity, through the use of rechargeable batteries or alternative solar power panels. The printer also offers special cleaning kits which allow to effectively maintain the printer and to further expand its lifetime.
How many photographs can be printed per sheet of paper?
Twelve (12). This system allows the operator to take pictures of any number of citizens from 1 to 6 and to print 2 or 3 identical ID photos for each of them. Hence, the operator can for example print either 3 ID photos for 4 people or 2 ID photos for 6 people on a single sheet of paper.
Does the operator have to finish printing before he takes more pictures?
No. While a printing job has been initiated, the operator can resume taking pictures with the DSC (digital camera) while the printer is still printing the previous job. This feature allows an uninterrupted operation of the system hence maximizing the output of produced photographs whilst not acting as a potential bottle-neck in the whole registration process.
Does the proposed system require the transfer of the memory card from Printer to DSC?

No. The proposed solution offers a unique system that has the possibility to work with the Digital Camera and Printer permanently connected through a special cable. Unlike other existing digital systems, the one proposed here-in does not require for the operator to take the memory card out of the DSC and put it into the printer for printing. This saves times and further increases throughput and efficiency of the photo ID production process.

However, in the event that there was an accidental loss of the DSC-Printer cable, the system can still be used by transferring the photographs stored on the DSC's SD memory card to the printer every 4 people for example (1 printout).

How many citizensí photos can be captured and printed in a day?
Four hundred (400). The daily photo registration output per shift with this system is of 400 people per day with 2 or 3 ID photos printed for each person with the employment of a single fully trained operator. In this situation, the only limiting factor or bottle-neck is likely to be the process through which the OMR forms are filled in by the other registration staff.
Does the Electoral Commission need to hire new staff to run this system?
No. In most cases, due to the ruggedness and simplicity of use of the proposed system, the Electoral Commission will be able to train and use the same staff to operate this system as it has been using for the operation of the Polaroid Cameras and Film.
Can the operator use media stickers (sticky paper) to print photos?
Yes. The proposed printer can come as an option with a sticky or self-adhesive type of media paper. This alternative type of photo paper is also factory die-cut and hence saves the operator the need to manually cut out the photographs with an additional tool. It also allows the operator to easily glue the photographs to the OMR form or any other substrate without need for additional glue.
Can the operator use counterfeit or unsuitable media to print photos?
No. The media paper or stickers used to print the photographs all come with ribbon cartridges that contain a built-in electronic chip that allows the printer to identify and recognize the ribbon and its media as being genuine and suitable for use on this particular printer.