Voice Biometrics: Coming to a Security System Near You
Because every voice is unique, sophisticated voice analysis software can match people to voices, which will be a boon to security investigators, though not to criminals.
Voice biometrics technology can catch criminals by studying voice characteristics, and can do so in 30 minutes on a modern dual-core machine.
Moreover, the voice provides two-factor identification, as it combines what individuals say with how they say it, and can combine the factors remotely.
Voice systems are at least twice as accurate as fingerprint scanning, and are cheaper to implement, says Dr. Clive Summerfield of the University of Canberra.
Banks are eager customers of the technology, which is now all set for commercial deployment. This year, the major Dutch bank ABN AMRO will unveil the technology to its 4 million Netherlands customers.
Abstracted by the National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (NLECTC) from Ars Technica (05/13/07); Anderson, Nate.