BBC, Microsoft developing voice recognition and AI capabilities for iPlayer

The BBC has been working with Microsoft to develop a proof of concept, artificial intelligence-based media player that allows viewers to navigate their television programming using their voice, according to a report by Microsoft News. The experimental version of BBC’s iPlayer allows users to watch television shows and listen to the radio via the internet. In the BBC’s test, viewers were able to log into their BBC account by activating iPlayer and by simply stating their name and a phrase,

Chincotech to begin live testing facial and voice recognition software in October

Japan-based biometrics technology developer Chincotech will begin live field tests for the company’s combined facial and voice recognition software in October. The company’s facial and voice recognition software has been undergoing lab tests for the past 14 months. “We have had outstanding success with our lab tests and have achieved a 99.9 percent accuracy rate when combining our biometric facial and voice recognition technology,” explained Paul Rashford, Chincotech’s head software development engineer. “The biometric fusion of voice and facial recognition

GTL’s biometric security patent deemed valid, paves way to request restart of $100M infringement lawsuit

Global Tel*Link (GTL) announced that the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed the decision of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) validating all claims of GTL patent 7,853,243, which paves the way for GTL to request a Texas Federal judge to restart a $100 million infringement lawsuit against Securus Technologies. The move comes more than seven months after the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) ruled in favor of Securus Technologies regarding GTL’s patent invalidation

Fujitsu adds cognitive technologies to service desk, will soon add voice recognition

Fujitsu has added cognitive technologies including artificial intelligence (AI) and voice biometrics to improve its next-generation Service Desk, the Social Command Center (SCC). The end result is a more versatile, intelligent, user-centric model which combines multiple support channels to provide a consistent user experience. The SCC is a centralized, modular and integrated part of Fujitsu’s Digital Workplace offerings, which helps simplify a wide range of user requests and needs. Fujitsu’s solution leverages cloud-based technologies combined with advanced machine learning and

Conexant partners with Baidu on voice-based AI devices

Conexant, a leading provider of audio and voice technology solutions that enable a more natural user experience, will work with Baidu to release development kits and reference designs for device makers to develop voice-enabled artificial intelligent (AI) devices running on Baidu’s DuerOS platform. DuerOS is a conversation-based AI system that supports access to a voice-activated digital assistant for mobile phones, TVs, speakers, and other devices. “The voice revolution is a global phenomenon. By working with Baidu, we help more third-party

Sensory integrates AI into TrulyNatural speech recognition solutions

Sensory has integrated artificial intelligence (AI) technology into its TrulyNatural line of embedded natural language speech recognition engines. TrulyNatural is now embedded with a range of neural net deep learning methods such as wake word technology for Alexa and other cloud engines, natural language voice interfaces, biometrics, and computer vision. The company’s AI technology lineup includes TrulyHandsfree, wake words and small vocabulary low power solutions; TrulySecure, biometric authentication with face and/or voice; and TrulyNatural, an embedded natural language large vocabulary

Researchers develop prototype app that blocks voice hacking attacks

A new study by the University of Buffalo’s (UB) School of Engineering and Applied Sciences has found that voice-based smartphone apps such as Siri and WeChat can expose make you vulnerable to the growing security threat of voice hacking, according to a report on Phys.Org. Using only a few minutes of audio samples, attackers can replay your voice convincingly enough to trick people and advanced digital security systems to steal money from your bank account. A UB team of engineers

VoiceVault releases new version of voice biometric engine

VoiceVault has released VoiceVault Fusion 9, the latest version of the company’s core, proprietary voice biometric engine. VoiceVault Fusion 9 improves on the company’s previous voice authentication solution by offering a more flexible, cost efficient and secure approach to identity verification in the current climate of fraud and cyber security risks. The new version of the voice biometric engine provides organizations with additional choices for reinforcing cyber defenses and preventing fraudulent activities. The new options include an updated and extensive

BBC reporter and his twin dupe HSBC voice ID recognition system

HSBC’s voice ID authentication software designed to prevent bank fraud has been duped by BBC Click reporter Dan Simmons and his non-identical twin, according to a report by BBC News. Simmons created an HSBC account and signed up to the bank’s voice ID authentication service. His non-identical twin, Joe, was able to access the account via the telephone by impersonating his brother’s voice. HSBC said it would “review” ways to make the ID system more sensitive following the BBC investigation.

Humaniq demonstrating biometric wallet app at Consensus 2017

Blockchain technology startup Humaniq is conducting a live demonstration of its Ethereum-based blockchain banking app at CoinDesk’s Consensus 2017, this week at the New York Marriot Marquis, according to a report by Econotimes. Designed for both iOS and Android users, Humaniq’s Mobile Wallet provides users with quick access to their balances as well as transactions with other users/merchants. The app manages private and public keys for the user, which are used to authorize transactions locally. Humaniq also offers an API