Category Archive: Devices

vbcsf: Reality Check: Introduction to Truly Hands Free 3.0

Todd Mozer of Sensory–they have had their software up and running throughout the event and way beyond (last 20 years). Embedded Voice Biometrics (small footprints, small calc requirements)–other companies use touch to verify but they’re getting away from that.

Why embedded? Small footprint: lower cost, works efficiently; lower power: less battery replacement, saves $ to consumers. No cloud connection needed: always works, faster responses, lower cost. Can improve accuracy, independent approaches: comparison between client and cloud biometrics, spot checks if/when needed.

Truly handsfree: voice activation, speech recognition and transcription, intent and meaning, data search and query, speech or display response. Voice activation: keyword spotting approach (instead of touch), fast response time and works with high noise. “Hello blue genie” triggers service, even with music in background (demo). Now added: speaker verification, pre-trained phrases (three words, though five words is recommended).

Diverse and growing customer base in consumer electronics including telephony, automotive, home electronics, toys and learning, bluetooth, and more. They had a device that went to Mars. Best selling girls electronics (GirlTech): diary for girls, locked with their voice. Radica acquired them then Mattel acquired them, still best-selling product. Uses 15 year old technology (they offered a free upgrade but was declined).

Increasing accuracy by combining metrics, sensors, platforms, other independent approaches. Increasing client/cloud interactions, including FIDO Alliance, security for transactions, transactions through mobile devices (e.g., “I want to buy that song.”).


vbcsf: Reality Check: e-Government Applications for Voice Authentication

Roanne Levitt of VoiceTrust eServices Canada: they’re involved in National ID program for an emerging Nation. Also proof of life. This nation has 10 million citizens, half do not possess a national ID. Program in place to register citizens and provice IDs. Nation was struck by a natural disaster and everyone lost their IDs. New program is designed to enable: participation in government, job, school, vote, acquire a title to real property. Involves many government ministries.

When a citizen registers, their photo is taken, fingerprint, signature recorded. Their voice is not registered at this point, but that will change. Problem with current registry: need to equip offices with fingerprint readers (and cost to acquire, distribute, infrastructure, IT personnel to maintain). Rejection rate for manual workers (cuts, worn prints, dry hands) is high, and citizens must come into office to verify identity. Corporations (e.g., banks) have a hard time with verification. Continue Reading


vbcsf: Reality Check: Mobile Voice Authentication

Anastasia with Agnitio: The solution to mobile fraud and identity theft is as easy as speaking, with KIVOX mobile. Demo of current app on mobile screen of Kivox: two buttons: teach the phone and practice (enrollment). Teach: select a passphrase (from list) or customer’s own passphrase. If own, check phrase and write it down. Can use any language. Practice: phrase at bottom of big microphone picture. Speak, analysis, and done.

Next demo on security: how to leverage speech demo with FIDO clients. Worked with Nok Nok Labs to log into PayPal account. Press Login button, recognizes Nok Nok client that asks to use authentication client. Choose yes, verify with voice, successful login to PayPal. Speech used again to confirm high value transaction; is flexible and secure.

Next demo with Nok Nok Labs and FIDO: many different types of authenticators. On screen: silent, pin, voice, other methods. These are real and available products. Future: Thales (integrator) has MatchVOX (android) for on-device speaker work. Open it up, prompt for input method (mic, phone, recording). Uses live stream as phone input, compares speaker with on-phone records.

Check them out in demo room for more information.


vbcsf: Reality Check: The Future of Secure, Mobile Authentication

Ollie Whitehouse of NCC Group and Lauren Horaist from RSA join Derek Top. Starting off with Ollie: Mobile Security and 2FA (two factor authentication). NCC is a large independent consultancy, iSEC Partners in the US.

Mobile security: reality and elephants, future enablers; authentication and mobile of 2FA and voice biometrics. Security threats are numerous: hardware, various OS platforms (iOS, Android, Windows), vendor customizations (undermining platform security), apps (poor design & implementation), user activity & practices (including jail breaking). Challenges (an elephant in the room): mobile vendor fragmentation, vendor spend on security, 18-24 month device life cycles, carrier certification of updates required, user awareness/education and experience with security patches and carrier desire for security patches. Continue Reading


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