Xura and SpeechPro Pilot Biometric Authentication for Mobile Apps

Xura, a provider of secure digital communications services, is working with SpeechPro to pilot biometric technology and offer enterprise customers, particularly those in the financial services sector, secure facial recognition and voice authentication within a mobile app.

SpeechPro's VoiceKey OnePass software can be added to an app or Web site so that the customer must pass several unique live anti-spoofing tests to login. In cases involving a number of people sharing the same terminal, SpeechPro's technology can also recognise multiple users' identities.

"Entering complex passwords or one-time passcodes into a mobile device to access an app can often be a frustrating experience," said Armin Barbalata, senior vice president of secure communications at Xura, in a statement. "Using biometrics instead of traditional passwords or codes can remove this roadblock and improve the ease of use. In addition, the combination of face and voice biometric analysis increases the accuracy of authentication and provides additional security when connecting to apps that contain confidential data.

"Security and user experience are often considered to be at odds with each other, but the use of biometrics, specifically face and voice recognition, actually makes it easier to log in, with a greater level of protection. While passcodes can still play a part in the login process, users no longer have to remember them or carry a dongle wherever they go," he continued.

"Combining SpeechPro's experience in voice intelligence and biometrics with Xura's experience in secure messaging and multi-factor authentication, has presented the opportunity for a new service quite unique to the marketplace," said Alexey Khitrov, president of SpeechPro, in a statement. "We're excited for the future of face and voice biometrics and look forward to a continued relationship."

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