Sensory introduces multimodal biometrics for mobiles
30 June 2014 15:08 GMT

Voice and face input offered by Sensory

Sensory has announced a multimodal solution using voice and face recognition to alleviate the frustrations caused by fingerprint and PIN identification.

The company's solution - TrulySecure - is available to OEM product developers in an SDK that brings together Sensory's speaker verification technology with its newly developed face recognition engine.

According to the company, the combination of face recognition and speaker verification to authenticate a specific individual allows users to rest assured that their device is secure, without the hassle of entering a password or PIN every time they want to access it. High end mobile phones have begun using biometric fingerprint solutions for entry, but according to the company, consumer acceptance has been poor because of the need to frequently re-swipe the finger to gain access.

In addition, the company says, the added cost for the fingerprint feature is $5-$10 per phone, making it expensive to implement.

Sensory's approach uses the existing microphone and camera so there is no added hardware cost, making it applicable for lower cost devices, while working across a wide range of environmental conditions.

"Consumers generally find it cumbersome to use PINs or passwords to lock their phones, and as a result these devices often go unlocked," said Todd Mozer, CEO of Sensory. "Sensory's biometric authentication provides a high level of security, while still being convenient and fast enough that people will use it."

TrulySecure, like fingerprint ID, is an on-device biometric not requiring a cloud connection. This is a preferred approach for consumers who don't want their biometric information stored outside their personal devices. Embedded biometrics are also the preferred approaches for higher security because cloud based systems are easier to hack and break into.