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

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,