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VoiceTrust joins Horizon2020 partnership to develop new biometric platform SpeechXrays


VoiceTrust has been accepted as a member of a EU Horizon2020 program in which a group of organizations is working on a new method of user recognition platform utilizing acoustic analysis and audio-visual identity verification techniques, the company has announced.

The SpeechXrays project will last 36 months, with the technology deployed in workforce, eHealth, and consumer use cases, according to the project website. It aims to outperform current state-of-the-art solutions in security, privacy, usability, and cost-efficiency, by combining acoustic, rather than pure statistical voice recognition models, and machine vision analysis of speech, lip movement, and face for dynamic face recognition. VoiceTrust says it will contribute voice biometrics skills and experience to the multimillion-euro project,

“We are pleased to be able to bring our many years of research and product experience to the SpeechXrays project and look forward to working with like-minded and research focused innovative partners across the European Union,” commented VoiceTrust CTO Marcel Kockmann.

Organizations participating in the research and development of the new technology include Idemia, Forthnet, SIVECO Romania, Tech Inspire Ltd., RealEyes OU, WiLife Networks, Horia Hulubei National Institute for Physics and Nuclear Engineering, Magurele, Romania, Foundation for Research and Technology – Hellas (FORTH), University College London and The Institut Mines-Telecom.

“We welcome VoiceTrust to the team and look forward to benefitting from their market leading knowledge and expertise in voice biometrics,” said IDEMIA project lead Jean-Loup Depinay on behalf of the consortium.

Other biometrics projects supported by Horizon 2020 include Signicat’s development of an identity-assurance-as-a-service (IDaaS) solution.

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