In France, the “Community of towns in Bretagne romantique”, located north of l’Ille-et-Vilaine between Rennes and Saint-Malo, consists of 27 towns and counts more than 33 000 inhabitants. It is one of the first Public Facilities of Intermunicipal Cooperation (EPCI) to be equipped with a conference system for debates, including electronic voting. It is the first in Bretagne.
The project consisted of equipping 70 seats of the “l’Espace forum Félicité de Lamennais”. It originated from the need to make debates more structured, to make the voting process more reliable and to give the organization a tool that introduces new debating technologies to a rural environment. Following a tender process, Televic was selected as the supplier that could best fit these needs with its flush-mount discussion and voting unit.
In the debating chamber, each elect has a microphone, a voting unit and facilities to connect a personal laptop. Important information is displayed on 2 big projection screens in the room.
The voting system that is integrated in the desks offer more security and reliability than raising hands as the results cannot be manipulated. It makes the work of the secretary of the meeting easier when compiling the meeting minutes in case of a lively debate. Today it is mandatory that votes are displayed by name during debates and so the equipment contributes to the need for transparency in public debates and user information.
The individual microphones allow for a more serene process of requesting and granting the right to speak in the hemicycle. In this way, participants in the meeting become better listeners and the elected get better recognition for their interventions.
- Country: France
- Date: 2013