A Dartmouth-based electronic voting system company will get a competitive edge through increased production capacity with investments in new hardware and software. Intelivote Systems Inc. will use $85,000 from the Productivity Investment Program (PIP) to invest in new software additions to its own e-voting technology. The modifications will allow Intelivote Systems to meet high international electronic security standards. “This investment will help open new markets around the world for Intelivote Systems, making them more competitive,” said Labour and Advanced Education Minister Marilyn More on behalf of Percy Paris, Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism. “That’s exactly what jobsHere is about; helping businesses become globally competitive and innovative.” Intelivote Systems Inc. is a premiere Canadian electronic voting system company that integrates traditional polling station voting with electronic voting by telephone, wireless and Internet. The system also addresses the data collection and reporting requirements for corporate surveys, opinion polls, and other activities that require mass participation. “The funding received from the PIP program will allow us to enhance our international standards for e-voting,” said Bill Parsons, chief executive officer for Intelivote Systems Inc. “This will help tremendously in securing larger international contracts.” The PIP program provides financial incentives to encourage businesses to become more productive, innovative and globally competitive by supporting capital investments through the Capital Investment Incentive stream, as well as workplace training and certification through the Workplace Innovation and Productivity Skills Incentive stream. For more information on jobsHere and the PIP program, visit gov.ns.ca/jobsHere.