Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

Security With Privacy and Ease of Use Launch a New Era in Consumer Authentication

LAS VEGAS, NV and PALO ALTO, CA and MADRID, SPAIN -- (Marketwired) -- AGNITiO, the leader in secure voice biometrics and a founding member of the FIDO Alliance, announces the launch of its newest mobile voice biometrics product, KIVOX Mobile 5.0 at CES 2015 ShowStoppers, Table A-32, where they will demonstrate AGNITiO's Voice iD technology. For the first time, a single Voice iD Engine is able to perform fixed phrase, free phrase and now natural speech authentication to accurately identify and authenticate users in embedded devices and the Internet of Things (IoT).

The new KIVOX 5.0 version offers users more highly secured authentication options that enable both text-independent voice authentication, and fixed phrase authentication. Speaking naturally, users can now authenticate using short natural speech commands in any language. KIVOX Mobile 5.0 can be embedded locally on devices for added security and privacy, or used in traditional server mode.

"KIVOX Mobile 5.0 leads the market in voice authentication for embedded devices. Controlling a variety of smart devices and directing the Internet of Things, speakers may speak freely and be automatically recognized and profiled to unlock devices, control functions, and perform transactions," says Emilio Martinez, CEO of AGNITiO. "Text-independent voice biometrics authentication is nonintrusive and natural for everyone, and strikes the balance between consumer privacy, security and convenience."

Natural Language and the Internet of Things
Adding natural speech voice authentication in any language, KIVOX Mobile 5.0 enhances the context awareness of IoT devices with speaker iD information. With AGNITiO's Voice iD, IoT and embedded devices gain personalized context that can be used to customize the user experience accordingly. For example, KIVOX Mobile 5.0 can engage a voice-activated virtual assistant to provide customized responses according to the preferences of each enrolled voice, recognizing users who are simply speaking in short, natural language phrases or utterances, even in noisy environments.

"While voice biometric technology addresses identification, authentication and fraud prevention, KIVOX Mobile Voice iD technology will witness even wider consumer acceptance in the upcoming years with its convenience, ease of use and ability to personalize IoT experiences," states Alan Goode, Managing Director, Goode Intelligence.

"By 2019, smart mobile identity will be a reality and next generation wearable devices will emerge as universal authenticators. Voice biometrics, in particular, is positioned well to create seamless, continuous, authentication where a device will intuitively know who we are, where we are, what we want to do and can open doors -- physical and virtual."

Embedded, Private and Small
KIVOX Mobile 5.0 in embedded devices eliminates the need to communicate with servers, which minimizes risks associated with scaled attacks and centralized storage of personally identifiable information, and even if connectivity is lacking, devices remain usable. More importantly, embedding the technology protects privacy, a significant market differentiator in the future as per a recent post by a senior Forrester Security and Risk Analyst.

The KIVOX Mobile 5.0 engine is remarkably small and fits in available chipset platforms, making it easy to incorporate into consumer devices. The technology's power consumption and memory requirements are limited, so users will not notice a significant decrease in device power.

Anti-Spoofing Capability
Spoofing is a technique in which a fraudster obtains a recording of a user's voice and commands, then replays it into a device or during a call center conversation in order to gain access to a user's information, identity and personal assets. AGNITiO has advanced patented anti-spoofing voice biometrics technology that learns the unique individual characteristics of the human voice to consistently identify and differentiate the speaker's real voice from recordings to prevent this type of fraud.

AGNITiO invites device manufactures, chipset providers, relying parties, and other companies interested in providing stronger authentication systems that are both secure and convenient, to contact them directly for access to the SDK. AGNITiO's current voice biometrics identification platform, KIVOX Mobile, already delivers a FIDO Ready(tm) on-device secure speaker verification solution. KIVOX Mobile 5.0 incorporates the same standards now, with text independent authentication capabilities. KIVOX Mobile 5.0 is available now to select partners and will be rolled out widely in Q2 2015. See AGNITiO at CES Showstoppers Table #A-32 on January 6th, 2015 in Las Vegas.

AGNITiO is a worldwide market leader for voice biometrics solutions in government and commercial sectors. KIVOX is a voice biometrics product family targeted at the corporate sector. Financial services, telecommunications, utilities and other sectors are implementing new security solutions based on mobile and server-based voice biometrics. KIVOX is ideally positioned in this market, with underlying Voice iD technology developed in most demanding environments such as forensics and intelligence.

AGNITiO is the recipient of a number of awards, including the Red Herring 100 Global (2007), Speech Technology Market leader awards (2007, 2008, 2010 and 2012), Global Security Challenge (2009 and 2011) and two Envisioneering's Innovation and Design Awards (2014).

AGNITiO is a founding member of the FIDO Alliance (Fast IDentity Online), which is dedicated to delivering open standards for strong multi-factor authentication. AGNITiO is already delivering a FIDO Ready(tm) solution with its voice biometrics Voice iD platform. Keep up on the latest news by following AGNITiO on Twitter @agnitiocorp and on LinkedIn at AGNITiO Voice iD.

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Contact Information:
Jake Wengroff
+1 (917) 952-6816
[email protected]


AGNITiO, voice biometrics, spoofing, fraud, KIVOX, mobile, Internet of Things, IoT


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