Sensory launches mobile biometric authentication app, adds internal biometric team

June 30, 2014 - 

Sensory has just launched TrulySecure, a new mobile app that supports on-device biometric authentication using speaker verification and facial recognition.

According to the company, Sensory’s new approach uses the existing microphone and camera in smartphones, so it’s accessible for users of lower-end devices. Considering authentication happens on the device, Sensory says there is no need for a cloud connection, which could slow things down. The company also notes that this makes biometric data more secure.

“The TrulySecure technology has had 3 teams involved within Sensory. A speaker verification team consisting of about half a dozen Phd and Technologist types, a vision team consisting of another half a dozen Phd and tech types and a team of application/integration engineers performing a biometric fusing of the technologies, building SDKs and Demo Apps,” Todd Mozer, CEO of Sensory said in an email to BiometricUpdate.com. “We have used some open source for some of the lower level vision work, but most of it is written from scratch for processing speed and improvement accuracy on a mobile environment. The speaker verification has been developed over the last 5 years, using some components of our legacy speech recognizers.”

“Consumers generally find it cumbersome to use PINS of passwords to lock their phones, and as a result these devices often go unlocked,” Mozer said. “Sensory’s biometric authentication provides a high level of security, while still being convenient and fast enough that people will use it.”

Sensory is a company that’s been around the block now, and has been developing speech and speaker recognition for some time. According to Mozer, the company has its eyes set on the mobile market.

“We have actually been used in phones for more than 15 years, although the earlier implementations were for voice dialing on cordless phones,” Mozer said. “On mobile smart phones alone we have been deployed on over 50 devices. We are absolutely targeting mobile devices, and in particular we are focused on the Android environment and enhancing the Android experience! The addition of a vision focused biometric team is very new to us and we are excited about this move!”

Last year BiometricUpdate.com spoke with Bernie Brafman, VP of Business Development at Sensory. Read the full interview here.

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