AGNITiO, Net 1 UEPS Technologies provide voice biometric system to help verify South African citizens

August 26, 2014 - 

In one of the world’s largest voice biometrics deployments ever, AGNITiO announced it has partnered with Net 1 UEPS Technologies to provide the South Africa Social Security Agency with a secure biometrics-based Proof of Life authentication system.

Using the Net1 electronic grant payment disbursement system with the AGNITiO Voice iD authentication engine, the agency will be able to accurately identify the 10 million South African citizens receiving social security benefits and services.

Now, beneficiaries can verify their identity over the phone instead of physically traveling long distances and waiting in queues at the South Africa Social Security Agency office.

“Together with Net1, we have provided a means for South African citizens to access their grants quicker, easier and more securely by simply making a phone call,” said Philippe Vinci, executive VP of marketing and sales for AGNITiO. “By combining a government-issued debit card with accurate voice biometrics authentication, the Net1 UEPS Proof of Life system has truly changed life for constituents, while streamlining agency operations and costs.”

The AGNITiO Voice iD engine allows customers to use simple, short voice phrases for strong authentication.

Meanwhile, AGNITiO’s proprietary patented anti-spoofing technology protects users against replay attacks, as well as several others risks.

Another noteworthy feature of AGNITiO’s software is that it is completely language independent, which greatly reduces the costs for global deployments and enabling natural voice and user friendly authentication.

In June, Net1 UEPS Technologies received approximately $25.7 million from the South African Social Security Agency, in relation to the recovery of additional implementation costs during the biometric registration of all social grant beneficiaries.

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