Mexico deploys nationwide voice identification
23 September 2010 15:01 GMT

Law enforcement agencies across Mexico now have the capability to use an automatic voice identification system as a crime fighting tool. The voice biometrics system - supplied by Russian company, Speech Technology Center - is able to identify speakers by comparing their speech samples to a database of existing voiceprints.

The platform will allow Mexican police officers to collect, manage and search the database of hundreds of thousands - and later millions - of voice prints. It is able to compare short utterances recorded through various channels, such as microphone, landline, GSM or VOIP.

STC told Planet Biometrics.com that the web based architecture of the system means it is accessible to all 32 states of Mexico, 24 hours a day. The company also provided extensive operator training across the country as part of the contract.

STC says that over the last seven years almost half of the states in Mexico have developed forensic capabilities in voice biometrics using STC technology and that this nationwide project is a natural continuation of this work.

Mexico has a well documented problem with crime, corruption, kidnappings and drug trafficking. The government is intent on using a highly technologically advanced approach to law enforcement. A major scheme is its Plataforma Mexico project which is a sophisticated computer system that has automated and consolidated much of the public information records in Mexico. Some of the information contained within the system includes vehicle registrations, fingerprints, criminal records, arrest warrants, national IDs and telephone records. It is also integrating thousands of CCTV cameras in cities across Mexico.

STC says it is now negotiating a number of similar deployments in South America and Asia.