Secure Voice-Based Patent for Device Unlocking Granted to ID R&D

ID R&D, a Mitek Systems company and a leader in AI-driven biometric solutions, is excited to announce that the United States Patent and Trademark Office has issued a new patent for their Method and Device for Unlocking a User Device by Voice (US 11,941,097 B2). This patent represents a major achievement in their mission to enhance human-computer interaction, demonstrating their team’s dedication to excellence and solidifying their leading position in voice authentication technology.

The role of voice as an interface for a variety of IOT and “smart” devices is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 21.3% from 2023 to 2030, fueled by the emergence of Generative-AI and Large Language Models (LLMs). According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), evidence already exists that the same Gen-AI technology that is creating opportunities is also being used to create deepfakes and voice clones to facilitate imposter scams, extortion, and financial fraud. This latest patent from ID R&D’s integrates voice biometrics with anti-spoofing measures for keywords and short requests, ensuring secure voice-based access to mobile devices, ­­­­­ smart devices and other IOT technology, as defense against Gen-AI-related fraud.

The patent introduces a technology that uses advanced neural networks to protect personal data on devices by verifying if a voice matches the authorized user’s detailed voice characteristics. It also detects if the voice is real or fake, ensuring only genuine users can access their information. Beyond its role in device security, the patented technology opens avenues for secure voice-based interactions across a diverse pool of applications. Users can unlock and manage IoT devices within their homes, enhance vehicle security through hands-free operation, and activate personalized settings in smart environments like connected offices or homes.

“As a founder and biometrics veteran, I recognize that innovative technology is crucial for streamlining user experience and providing robust protection against fraud and unauthorized access, particularly in the voice domain,” said Alexey Khitrov, President of ID R&D. “By harnessing the inherent simplicity of voice control, we ensure secure access across a multitude of devices, including smartphones, PCs, and smart home systems. This positions ID R&D as a leader in the innovation of voice security.”

To learn more about ID R&D’s secure voice-based patent, visit the website here.


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