Speech Technology Center, Ecuador deploy nationwide voice and face biometric ID system

December 12, 2012 - 

Speech Technology Center (STC), a Russian company that produces speech technologies and multi-modal biometric solutions, announced the successful deployment of the world’s first biometric identification platform at a nation-wide level in Ecuador today.

This new Ecuadorian system is bimodal in nature and creates a forensic database that helps to identify suspected criminals. Should a criminal investigation have voice recordings or photographs with the face of the suspect, these samples could be compares to those in the database. The state-of-the-art system processes the samples and delivers relevant matches.

According to the company, among the biometric samples currently used, voice biometrics shows the highest reliability. Voice can’t be falsified as easily and STC’s identification system provides 97 percent reliability. Combined with face biometrics, the company suggests this figure is closes to 100% correct identification and authentication.

Though the voice and face biometrics as a part of this system are complementary, they can also be used separately in instances where both do not exist.

“Voice and face identification are improving new and valuable investigative capabilities,” Mikhail Khitrov, CEO of STC said. “In this case, STC’s R&D capability and expertise, which are unique and unparalleled in the industry, let us deliver a platform that meets our clients specific needs. The biometric technologies providing the foundation of the system have proven to be reliable and robust in even the most challenging conditions.”

“As biometric technologies mature,” Khitrov added, “we’re seeing a growing demand for these kinds of tailored voice and multi-modal biometric solutions – not just in Latin America, but in the global marketplace.”

This isn’t the first major biometric deployment in Ecuador. As reported previously in BiometricUpdate.com, the company contracted ImageWare Systems to implement a biometric system for scanning cargo at seaports in the republic.

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