Nuance Communications acquires voice recognition firm Agnitio

November 9, 2016 - 

Nuance Communications has acquired Spanish voice biometrics firm Agnitio for an undisclosed amount, making the company’s employees, intellectual property and global customer base part of the security group of the Nuance enterprise division, according to a report by Opus Research.

The move follows Agnitio’s sale of its line of embedded voice authentication technologies to Cirrus Logic in September 2015.

At that time Agnitio was working toward improving its server-based solutions with a special focus on government segments that stem from forensic applications and fraud prevention.

Agnitio’s core technologies will complement Nuance enterprise’s line of products that integrate voice-based authentication with its Nina virtual assistant on IVRs, websites and mobile applications.

Nuance said it expects to see immediate benefits from acquiring Agnitio’s R&D and product development teams, along with sales resources that have strengths in Spanish-speaking countries.

Broadening the combined presence in government markets and citizens’ services will also be a benefit.

Agnitio’s technology has been integrated into various fraud detection and prevention products — an area in which Nuance will immediately expand its technology footprint.

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