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,

Viewpost study finds US consumers looking forward to face, voice recognition payments

Online invoicing and payment firm Viewpost has released the results of a new survey that finds that people are looking forward to paying companies with mobile apps and technologies such as face and voice recognition, according to a report by International Business Times. The survey, which is based on the responses of 1,000 U.S consumers, finds that more than half of American believe that payments between companies and customers will soon be conducted through mobile apps. Additionally, only 11 percent

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

Defense Department seeking better biometric ID devices for use in field

The Department of Defense’s Special Operations Command unit is seeking more effective biometric identification devices for use in the field, during mass enrollments of personnel at forward operating bases or for watchlist matching, according to a report by GCN. In a request for information posted on May 26, the department stated that the technologies should be able to rapidly collect and store a wide range of biometrics — including facial image, iris, fingerprints and voice capture — and send the

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.

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

Nok Nok Labs, Persistent to provide multi-factor biometric authentication for apps

Nok Nok Labs is partnering with Persistent Systems to provide multi-factor biometric authentication features for app services, making the login process more convenient and secure for consumers. Teaming up with Nok Nok Labs is Persistent’s latest move towards building out its digital transformation partner ecosystem with startups and technology innovators. Last month, Persistent Systems signed a development rights agreement with USAA to gain access to several patented security solutions for financial services which are currently in use by USAA. Through

Apple’s published patent hints at new voice biometrics feature for Siri

Apple’s recently published U.S. patent reveals a new Apple’s published patent hints at new voice biometrics feature for Siri that would allow only recognize the voice of the device owner, according to a report by Patently Apple. Originally filed in Q2 2016, the patented technology would ensure that users can only access Siri and the device associated with the digital assistant if the system confirms that the voice belongs to the owner. Up until now digital assistants have solely been

Oracle research reveals biometrics will play key role in hospitality industry

Oracle revealed the findings of two research initiatives aimed at identifying consumer attitudes to new technologies and how their implementation will affect consumer behavior in the future, which showed that biometrics will play a significant role in the hospitality industry. Insights from both the Oracle Hotel 2025 and Oracle Restaurant 2025 reports highlight that consumers are most willing to engage brands with new technology as long as they feel that they are in control of their experience. The research findings