Cradlepoint and LA County Join Forces to Modernize Election Infrastructure

By Stefania Viscusi August 10, 2023

Cradlepoint announced that it was chosen by the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk (RR/CC) to modernize its network infrastructure with a focused aim to improve accessible voting capabilities and empower eligible voters.

This move came when the county realized in 2020 that it had not changed its registration process since the ’60s. They were in need of procedural and structural upgrades to the process to ensure equitable voting access.

Its vision encompassed pop-up networking solutions that could seamlessly ensure dependable and secure connections were available for voting technology in remote areas. They also wanted real-time monitoring and management.

To get the job done, existing connectivity vendor Cradlepoint was called on to test and deploy its 5G-optimized Wireless Wide Area Network (WWAN) solutions.

With its NetCloud Manager and E3000 routers, CradlePoint (News - Alert) provided highly scalable, reliable, and secure pop-up networks across approximately one thousand voting centers during that year's presidential election.

“Los Angeles County recognized the pressing need to modernize our network infrastructure to enhance the accessibility, transparency, and security in the electoral process, but limited IT resources impacted our ability to deploy and manage distributed networks at scale,” said Aman Bhullar, CIO at LA County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk. “Our partnership with Cradlepoint  enabled this transformation, helping us to not only accomplish our mission with innovative solutions, but also to set a new standard for widely accessible voting capabilities.”

With centralized network management, RR/CC's internal IT team was able to streamline the deployment, configuration, and troubleshooting of network devices, significantly reducing complexity and on-site visits. The system also ensured consistent enforcement of security policies, employing policy-based VPN tunneling and certificate-based authentication through NetCloud Manager and E3000 routers. This safeguarded sensitive voting data, ensuring compliance with state and federal laws while upholding the democratic electoral process's integrity. The solution also provided uninterrupted and adaptable network connectivity, achieved through E3000 routers' versatile use of ethernet, Wi-Fi, and 5G/LTE (News - Alert) connections.

“In today’s digital world, pop-up connectivity services have become vital to operate in new places and ways, and the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk is a great example of how LTE/5G connectivity and Cradlepoint’s 5G-optimized solutions seamlessly work together to help the office adapt to the modern needs of its constituents,” said Bryan Wood, senior vice president of sales, North America for Cradlepoint.

Edited by Greg Tavarez
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