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Opus Research report aims to dispel fears and myths of voice biometrics

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November 14th, 2017

Opus Research has penned a new report addressing some of the fears and myths surrounding the use and deployment of voice biometrics.

Titled “Voice Biometrics, What Could Go Wrong? Understanding threats, weaknesses, attack vectors and how to mitigate them“, the report is aimed at differentiating the real threats from the hype, as well as providing effective techniques for voice biometrics implementation.

The report summarizes “Intelligent Authentication” methodologies to guide decision-makers in driving rapid deployments and accelerated adoption. Read more…

 

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Ideco to release identity-as-a-service and national user ID mobile app

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November 8th, 2017

South African biometrics firm Ideco will soon introduce its new Identity-as-a-Service (IDaaS) and national user ID (nuID) mobile app ecosystem for fraud-proof trusted identity verification, which it will confirm people’s identities using a digital certificate of authenticity, according to a report by fin24tech. The mobile application is designed to give users more control over protecting their identities.  Read more…

 

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South African firm targets ID fraud with biometrics

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November 7th, 2017

South Africa’s Ideco plans to soon introduce a new Identity-as-a-Service (IDaaS) and nuID mobile app ecosystem next week for identity verification. Ideco CEO Marius Coetzee told Fin24 that the ecosystem and new, soon-to-be-released mobile application will enable users to have more control over protecting their identities.  “The app enables the general public to take control of identity. When your identity is needed for an application like a cellphone contract, so many copies of a person’s identity is floating around. This app aims to provide more security and curb identity theft,” he said.  Read more…

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Authentication system for wearables combines behavioral biometrics with voice recognition

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November 6th, 2017

Researchers from the College of William and Mary have published a first-of-its-kind study that reveals that combining voice and touch recognition may help to prevent hackers from accessing personal data, according to a report by IEEE Xplore.

The researchers claim to be the first to combine behavioral biometrics from different dimensions, which includes touch gestures, with voice commands for use with wearable glasses.

The study explores the development of a new continuous authentication system for increased privacy protection could make it nearly impossible to replicate or steal private data that can be used to gain access into the smart device. Read more…

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National Australian Bank and Google team up on voice services

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November 3rd, 2017

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National Australian Bank (NAB) is set to become Australia’s first bank to introduce voice services via Google’s virtual assistant on smartphones and Google Home devices, according to The Sydney Morning Herald.

At first, the assistant will only be able to answer generic queries from customers, such as where to find a branch location or how to apply for a credit card. However, the bank expects this functionality to become much more personalized, which will eventually allow customers to perform essential banking functions such as accessing their accounts or completing transactions. The bank is also open to adding voice banking capabilities via other smart assistants, such as Apple’s Siri, which follows a trend being played out in banking across the globe. Read more…

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The future of biometric security is in twins’ hands, or faces

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November 2nd, 2017

Owners of the expensive upcoming iPhone X from Apple will soon be able to impress their friends by unlocking the device just by looking at it. But is this new technology the future of digital security, or just a cheap party trick?

In two decades, biometric recognition transformed from futuristic tech to an everyday utility. Biometric passports allow us to jump queues at airports. Personal devices, such as mobile phones, now come with state-of-the-art fingerprint scanners to unlock your personal information. Law enforcement agencies all over the world use facial recognition to look for suspects and identify threats. This tech is so easily available today that some drive-in restaurants, such as Wow Bao in the US, have started using facial recognition to match payments and authorise take-out delivery.   Read more…

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Indonesian Bank Deploys voice biometrics in Call Centers

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November 1st, 2017

Indonesia’s Permata Bank has become the country’s first domestic bank to implement voice-based authentication for its customers, thanks to NICE technology.The bank is using NICE Real-Time Authentication, a system designed to identify customers calling into the organization through the voice biometrics evident in their natural speech, enabling passive and unobtrusive authentication. Read more…

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Voice biometrics to be the ‘front door’ for all ANZ bank contact

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October 31st, 2017

The Australia and New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ) is looking to implement voice biometrics as the method of authentication in its call centres across all of its front doors, ANZ general manager of Wholesale Digital Nigel Dobson told the FIDO Alliance Seminar in Sydney on Monday.

Voice identification technology was rolled out earlier this month on the bank’s Grow by ANZ app, and according to Dobson, the service has experienced “high customer acceptance and success” and as a result, the bank is keen to roll it out across its call centres. Read more…

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Biometric authentication promises convenience and security in more ways than you can imagine

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October 30th, 2017

How will the bank of the future know you? By reading your palm. Or your fingerprint. Your eyes. Or other biological data such as your voice.

It will be through some combination of your physical attributes – which cannot be copied like your signature, lost or stolen like your credit card or wallet, or forgotten your password or ATM pin. The era of biometrics – the technology-enabled measurement and analysis of unique physical or behavioural characteristics – has arrived. Read more…

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Voice biometrics – Ending the rivalry between security and convenience

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October 27th, 2017

With every biometric roll-out we work on, we integrate all responsible parties as early as possible to provide feedback and direction to ensure success. We have learned the hard way that the most important part of the feedback is getting everyone on the same page as to what you want to accomplish. Here, Dima Cichi plays a little “Remember that time when…?” to recall the lessons learned. Read more…

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