The experts discussed the organization of video broadcasts from polling stations

Members of the public advisory council to discuss the organization of video broadcasts from polling stations expressed at the first meeting of its proposals for optimization of the system to be set up by March 2012.

System that combines the 94,000 polling stations and designed to monitor compliance with the law during the presidential election should be unique on a global scale, said the deputy head of the Ministry of Communications Ilya Massukh on the discussion that took place on Monday at RIA Novosti.

"The key point — the presence of the Internet to the local election commissions, only 50% of the cable," — said one of the members of the council — the technical director of the company "Yandex" Ilya Segalovich.

The importance of the construction of broadband communication channels have also senior vice president of the operator "Rostelecom" Vahagn Martirosyan. "We need to pick up the channel to higher speeds," — said Martirosyan. According to him, it is necessary to carry out such work by 60-90 thousands of Precinct Election Commissions (PECs).
Martirosyan acknowledged that there are difficulties in the organization of the whole process, logistics, responsibility for the equipment. In particular, the Vice-President of "Rostelecom" not sure that the manufacturers will have time to put on January 15 the required number of cameras, and after that date equipment will need to have installed.
To ease the requirements to communication channels Duma deputy from the faction "Fair Russia" Ilya Ponomarev offered to broadcast the online video stream with low-resolution copy of the video recording in high definition on your computer directly to the polling station. According to him, this will reduce the demands of the entire system and decentralize it.
Segalovich supported the idea that you need as little as possible to transmit the signal to broadcast and write a little more on the ground.
According to Ponomarev, and the deputy of the State Duma of the "United Russia" Elena Nikolaeva, you need to broadcast and record audio as well as video streaming will only use less possible to fix the violations during the voting and counting of votes.
In addition, deputies propose to use the ready-made solutions, rather than to invent their own.
This idea was supported by the Director of the Coordination Center for TLD Andrei Kolesnikov, who said that a bunch of webcams and PC could replace smart phone with video telephony software installed, such as Skype or Qip.
Ilya Massukh questioned the feasibility of some of the proposals of the expert members of the council.
According to him, the use of smart phones will need to connect to the Internet wirelessly Wi-Fi, and this technology has problems with communication security.
"I paid Skype server solution, and we try to always use the free software" — said Massukh.
The deputy minister supported the idea that broadcast the video should not just computers in the election commissions, and data centers.
"If each PEC is a web translator, they can fill up without special devices, even if each PEC will let down the channel of 1.5 megabits per second, as we expect. As for the sound — it may be wise to record sound, but not to broadcast "- said Massukh.
As for the thesis insecurity broadcasts PEC Ponomarev expressed doubts about the possibility to organize at the same time 90,000 cyber attacks.
The next meeting of the public advisory council is tentatively scheduled for Thursday.
Public discussion of the organization of the online broadcasts from polling stations also started on a specially created website webvybory2012.ru.
On Friday, December 16 Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has instructed the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Communications with the Central Election Commission to do the installation of web cameras at all polling stations.
Ministry of Communications has published on its website the technical details of the project to discuss this week. It is expected that its implementation will be spent to 15 billion rubles. Live broadcasts from the field of voting citizens can be watched on the websites of the relevant territorial election commission, they must also be possible to access the broadcast from each camera is not less than 20 thousand spectators.

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