Ecuador deploys nationwide voice and face biometrics ID system
11 December 2012 17:31 GMT

Voice and face identification combine for Ecuador's security services

Russian biometric company, Speech Technology Center (STC), has announced the deployment of what it claims is the world’s first biometric identification platform, at a nation-wide level, that combines voice and face identification capabilities. The state-of-the-art system was deployed in Ecuador, where the goal has been to equip the country’s security services with new identification technologies and investigative tools in their continuing fight against crime.

The bimodal biometric system creates a forensic database that helps to identify people suspected in a crime. Should a criminal investigation have voice recordings or photographs featuring the face of a suspected person, such samples could be compared with those in the database. The system processes the samples and delivers relevant matches; these can then be used as an investigative aid or forensic evidence in criminal cases.

Speech Technology Center (STC), headquartered in Russia, says that its voice biometric identification system provides 97% reliability. Supplementing voice biometrics with face biometrics brings it closer to 100% correct identification and authentication. The supplier's automatic voice identification capabilities are language and content independent.

“Voice and face identification are providing new and valuable investigative capabilities,” stated Mikhail Khitrov, CEO of STC.

Other countries in the region have also implemented voice identification services. As reported by Planet Biometrics in September 2010 law enforcement agencies across Mexico now have the capability to use an automatic voice identification system as a crime fighting tool. 

The supplier appears to be confident in other markets too. “As biometric technologies mature,” Khitrov added, “we’re seeing a growing demand for these kinds of tailored voice and multi-modal biometric solutions — not just in Latin America, but in the global marketplace.”

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