Varul's corporate law team has advised Cybernetica on entering into a cooperation agreement with Smartmatic. Cybernetica is the Estonian R&D lab that built the original Internet voting system used in Estonia, while Varul described Smartmatic as "the leading international company producing automated election systems."
According to Varul, "the aim of this cooperation is to set up a unique online voting centre of excellence – the Smartmatic-Cybernetica Centre of Excellence for Internet Voting. By means of foreign investment in the high-tech sector of Estonia, the world’s largest company offering electoral systems and services will help further develop the Estonian electronic voting system and export these solutions globally."
Cybernetica is an R&D-intensive ICT company that develops and delivers software solutions that support the information society, as well as light-signaling and telematics products and maritime surveillance and radio communications systems. The company has offices in Tallinn and Tartu.
Smartmatic is a global leader in the field of electronic voting in terms of economic performance and geographical distribution. The company employs more than 800 people in the United States, United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Belgium, Mexico, Barbados, Haiti, Brazil, Panama, Venezuela, the Philippines, India, and Taiwan.