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The future of biometrics: Emerging technologies

19 October 2021

Arana Security is proud to be at the cutting edge of the Biometric Technology development.

Our children are growing up in a world where its normal to ask ‘Alexa’ for a song and it happens. Indeed, many of us start our days with a number of enquiries about the weather, traffic, time and news and commands to turn on lights and kettles, with only the power of our voice.

Controlling appliances and receiving information by voice commands is fairly commonplace, thanks to voice recognition technology used in the array of smart home devices on the market.

Biometric voice recognition and identification technology focuses on training a system to recognise an individual unique voice characteristics (i.e., their voice print), takes this is a new level.

“Recognising an individual through their unique voice behaviours and characteristics is as robust and differentiating as all the other parts of a human being.”

Recognizing a person’s individuality by his/her voice is known as automatic speaker recognition (ASR) and offers another fascinating dimension to biometric security. Security which relies on the ability of software to differentiate human characteristics and recognise the unique individuality we all possess.

Biometric recognition has most commonly been seen used in face, eye (retina, iris) or fingerprint identification but recognising an individual through their unique voice behaviours and characteristics is as robust and differentiating as all the other parts of a human being.

The technology lends itself to a variety of applications, including security access control for mobile phones (to eliminate phone fraud), ATM manufacturers (to eliminate pin number fraud) and automobile manufacturers (to dramatically reduce theft and carjacking). But is the banking industry that it appears to have really embraced it most successfully to date.  The convenience, security, and speed it offers customers are the main draws.

Today’s advanced voiceprint biometric technology can authenticate voiceprints within seconds, enhancing contact centre security and offering improved and speedier customer transactions. As we can access our accounts simply by saying a few words, the convenience and simplification of the process is welcomed by consumers.

“Today’s advanced voiceprint biometric technology can authenticate voiceprints within seconds.”

Research backs this up. A report by the FICO on Consumer Digital Banking discovered that, “consumers are becoming more trusting of using physical and behavioural biometrics to secure their financial accounts, as 78 percent say they would be happy for their bank to analyse behavioural biometrics,” which includes voice recognition.

But across all sectors speech recognition AI applications are seeing growth, as many business sectors embracing speech recognition digital automated support to streamline their functions. And it’s a trend that doesn’t look like it will slow down anytime soon.  A recent Research and Markets report  estimated the global market for speech recognition would grow at a CAGR of 17.2% and reach $26.8 billion by 2025.

As would be expected, Arana Security, is at the cutting edge in developing AI and voice recognition technology.  The company are currently working on three key applications, which are yet to be released to market but are hotly anticipated.

  • Voice recognition access control- this would mean that doors can be open on voice command alone. This offers a myriad of potential uses for private homes and businesses security and convenience.
  • Lift/Elevator voice activation. This application will enable an elevator to be controlled using only voice commands. Perfect for high security homes and offices that are accessed by lifts.
  • Using AI in face recognition for access control. 

“By using the parts of ourselves that are different, to protect the parts of ourselves that we value the most dearly, we can stay one step ahead of modern criminality.”

 

In today’s world, protecting ourselves, our property and even our identities require a level of sophistication that can only be achieved by applications that use biometric technology. By using the parts of ourselves that are different, to protect the parts of ourselves that we value the most dearly, we can stay one step ahead of modern criminality.

Arana Security is proud of the work they play is developing the future of tomorrow today.