Nuance launches AI-powered multimodal biometric solutions

Nuance Communications has released a new suite of biometric security solutions powered by artificial intelligence (AI), which includes voice biometrics technology as well as facial and behavioral biometrics. Nuance Security Suite applies deep neural networks (DNN) and advanced algorithms to detect synthetic speech attacks, as well as integrates facial and behavioral biometrics, to provide improved fraud prevention. By combining a range of physical, behavioral, and digital characteristics to provide secure authentication and more accurately detect fraud across multiple channels, the

Idiap study explores impact of score fusion on voice biometrics, presentation attack detection

Researchers at Idiap Research Institute Biometrics Group in Switzerland have conducted an extensive study of eight presentation attack detection (PAD methods) in which they assessed their ability to detect known and unknown attacks using publically available speaker databases with spoofing attacks, AVspoof and ASVspoof. Authored by research associate Pavel Korshunov and senior researcher Sébastien Marcel, the study is published in the latest issue of IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Signal Processing. Automatic speaker verification (ASV) systems are highly vulnerable

Startup develops voice imitation software

Montreal-based technology startup Lyrebird has developed software that the company says can imitate any individual’s voice and make it say anything, as well as reflect the desired emotion, stress and intonation, according to a report by Scientific American. Based on a 60-second sample of the person’s voice recording, Lyrebird’s “voice imitation algorithm” will have all the information it needs to impersonate the voice. The company’s website offers three samples of audio recordings generated by the software impersonating Donald Trump, Barack

Sensory updates multimodal biometric solution with broader mobile OS support

Sensory has released version 3 of TrulySecure, which marks the second major update to the company’s FIDO Certified multimodal biometric authentication technology. TrulySecure 3.0 securely recognizes enrolled users through a combination of face and voice biometric recognition technologies in less than a second. The solution differentiates individuals at a 99.999 percent accuracy rate without requiring any expensive biometric scanners. “We continually improve the security and accuracy offered by TrulySecure to ensure that users are presented with a consistently better user

Personal banking: meet Alexa, Siri and Cortana

This is a guest post by Michael Boukadakis, the founder and CEO of Enacomm. Artificial Intelligence (AI) is no longer science fiction. It’s an emerging business technology that is beginning to transform industries, including banking. Oxford Dictionaries defines AI as the “theory and development of computer systems able to perform tasks that normally require human intelligence, such as visual perception, speech recognition, decision-making, and translation between languages.” Once a futuristic concept, one-tenth of companies in the financial services, manufacturing, retailing,

Transamerica deploys Nuance voice biometrics for customer authentication

Transamerica is launching Transamerica Voice Pass which leverages Nuance Communication‘s voice biometrics technology within a natural language understanding system to increase security and enhance the customer experience. Customers calling the life insurance, retirement and investment solutions provider call centers will be able to securely authenticate themselves using their voice. Once enrolled, the customer speaks the passphrase, “At Transamerica, my voice is my password,” and Voice Pass verifies the customer’s voice against their unique voiceprint on file and, if matched, account

The Coast Guard is using voice recognition to combat prank calls

The National Coast Guard is implementing voice recognition technology to combat the rise in fake distress calls that have been flooding the agency’s VHF radio channel in recent months, according to a report by The Verge. The agency is obligated to respond to every call considering there is a potential life at risk, which can be costly and time-consuming when it’s all for a childish joke. “We’re just getting more hoaxes every day,” says Lt. Gianfranco Palomba, who’s been tasked

Sensory releases v5 of TrulyHandsfree speech recognition system

Sensory has released version 5.0 of its TrulyHandsfree speech recognition system, which includes significant updates to the embedded AI to significantly increase its performance and accuracy while staying small and low power. Incorporating Sensory’s smartest and most efficient deep neural network technologies to date, TrulyHandsfree 5.0 delivers an on-device voice user interface experience that is more natural and intuitive than previous versions. The product’s new shallow learning approach reduces the model sizes to operate in ultra-low power and with minimal

SpeechPro showcasing voice authentication solutions at Finovate

SpeechPro, the US-based subsidiary of STC Group, is showcasing its voice authentication solutions VoiceKey.AGENT and VoiceKey.FRAUD at Finovate Spring 2017 taking place this week in San Jose. Both solutions are based on the multi-modal biometric authentication platform VoiceKey. VoiceKey.AGENT is a solution that allows verifying client’s identity by voice, in a real-time during a conversation between a customer and an operator of contact center. VoiceKey displays the verification result on the operator’s screen. If there is no matching and call

Pindrop Labs finds 113% rise in fraudulent calls at call centers in past year

Pindrop released its seventh annual Call Center Fraud Report, which found a 113 percent increase in the fraud rate in 2016, year-over-year. The report found that fraud rates in 2016 were 1 in 937 calls compared to 1 in 2,000 calls in 2015. Pindrop’s researchers analyzed more than half a billion calls protected by the company’s Phoneprinting technology to identify three key weaknesses in the call center that have contributed to the rise in fraudulent activity. One of the most