A comprehensive IT network audit for biometric purposes is nothing more than checking the network performance in terms of the use of ASR (Automatic Speech Recognition) mechanisms and VB (Voice Biometrics) for future biometric applications. To a large extent, it is also the detection of errors, bottlenecks or malfunctioning elements. Thanks to the network audit service, we receive information about the actual state of the network, whether it meets the requirements for the development of biometric systems, and also indicates the range of parameters and areas necessary for improvement. This means that based on the audit, we are able to create ideal technical conditions for the implementation of biometric systems and finally for the provision of voice biometric services. We understand ideal conditions as reliability in the operation of systems while maintaining the appropriate signal quality. But for these two things to work properly, it is important to meet a number of important criteria and technical parameters.

The network audit offered by BiometrIQ includes:

  • IP connection throughput analysis for different packet sizes,
  • analysis of test data streams in terms of completeness, sequence, time delays,
  • analysis of the audio codecs used and voice data compression management mechanisms,
  • analysis of QoS parameters in terms of the audio compressors used and their impact on the continuity of the transmitted audio streams,
  • analysis of traffic volume in terms of connection selection,
  • analysis of acoustic paths for individual TE (Terminal Equipment) devices in accordance with the ITU-T P.56 recommendation,
  • load tests of telecommunications infrastructure elements.

The selection of the tests to be carried out and all conditions and parameters related to them are made on the basis of individual arrangements with the client.

The audit can be ordered by completing the application at https://biometriq.pl/contact/

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BiometrIQ, a Lublin-based technology company, has selected ID R&D as its preferred vendor and strategic partner for identity verification and authentication. ID R&D’s unique technology will enable BiometrIQ to extend its portfolio of services and offer complete identity solutions that include award-winning voice biometricsand best-in-class frictionless facial and document liveness detection.

Businesses and government agencies spend trillions of dollars each year to prevent fraudulent transactions. Thousands of companies aim to replace legacy password-based authentication systems with next-generation biometrics-based technologies. Biometric authentication uses one’s inherent and unique physical and behavioural characteristics, such as face, voice, or fingerprint to verify their identity.

Biometric authentication is being rapidly adopted due to its security advantages, high reliability, and ease of use as compared to methods such as passwords. Since customers value flexibility in their authentication methods, it is important to provide them with a range of biometric alternatives.

“By incorporating ID R&D identity verification and authentication technologies into our portfolio of biometric subsystems, we are able to broaden the capabilities of our solution with best-in-class technologies that have demonstrated top-ranking performance in international challenges,” says Andrzej Tymecki, COO at BiometrIQ.

“Our customers increasingly favour virtual meetings as an outcome of recent years of COVID-related contact restrictions. Remote work opens new perspectives and advantages but also calls for new authentication methods,” adds Paweł Michocki, CEO at BiometrIQ. “Thanks to this strategic alliance with ID R&D, we are able to provide the Polish market a wide range of biometric solutions that are more secure and also more convenient. Our customers will certainly benefit from the alliance.”

ID R&D is proud to partner with BiometrIQ – one of the fastest-growing biometric companies in Poland – to reach more customers with frictionless biometric security,” commented Alexey Khitrov, CEO and Co-Founder of ID R&D. “Our IDLive® facial liveness and document liveness detection products enable BiometrIQ to protect against critical attack vectors without complicating the user experience. Our IDVoice® product includes a rich feature set and has ranked first in accuracy in several recent speaker verification algorithm challenges.

About BiometrIQ

BiometrIQ is Lublin based technology start-up, focused on advanced biometric technologies. The company runs numerous research projects aiming at development of new methods to fight fraudulent attacks in voice biometric systems. BiometrIQ activity covers complete value chain from tests and analysis to implementation of biometric systems. More at www.biometriq.pl

About ID R&D

ID R&D, a Mitek company, is an award-winning provider of AI-based voice and face biometrics and liveness detection. With one of the strongest R&D teams in the industry, ID R&D consistently delivers innovative, best-in-class biometric capabilities that raise the bar in terms of usability and performance. Their proven products have achieved superior results in industry-leading challenges, third-party testing, and real-world deployments in more than 60 countries. ID R&D’s solutions are available for easy integration with mobile, web, messaging, and telephone channels, as well as in smart speakers, set-top boxes, and other IoT devices.ID R&D is based in New York, United States. Learn more at www.irrnd.ai

Mitek (NASDAQ: MITK) is a global leader in digital access, founded to bridge the physical and digital worlds. Mitek’s advanced identity verification technologies and global platform make digital access faster and more secure than ever, providing companies new levels of control, deployment ease and operation, while protecting the entire customer journey. Trusted by 99% of U.S. banks for mobile check deposits and 7,500 of the world’s largest organizations, Mitek helps companies reduce risk and meet regulatory requirements. Learn more at www.miteksystems.co

Over 600 people, 20 panel sessions, 3 thematic paths are the balance of this year’s Digital Summit, which took place in Lublin. The event was attended by representatives of government administration, foundations as well as business, research centers and schools. The Forum could not miss the BiometrIQ company, which has been specializing in development of voice technology systems and their use in fraud detection for several years.

Being an organizer of one of panels, the company introduced the voice biometrics market by inviting experts representing the technology, business and science sectors to the discussion “Stop voice theft. Innovative voice biometric services”. The invited guests discussed issues that are extremely important for this field, such as the rapid pace of development of voice technologies and the associated threats, as well as the range of applications of voice biometrics and ways to protect voice theft in the network, thus outlining the near future for the voice market.

The panel session began with a fragment of popular film “Mission Impossible 3” showing an example of voice theft and its effective use.

Moderator Maciej Kurzajewski, referring to the film, opened the discussion with the words “Is what we saw a moment ago on this screen already reality or the near future or was the cinema one step ahead of what is happening today”?

Adrian Boczkowski, the owner of BQ Consulting, spoke about readiness of business to use biometric technology. He emphasized that commercial solutions are currently mainly interested in financial institutions and telecoms, and in the future they will also be the government and health sectors. In fact, it cannot be ruled out that voice biometrics will eventually appear in every aspect of our lives. This is primarily due to the fact that speech is the most natural mechanism of communication. It is estimated, Adrian Boczkowski continued, that the global voice biometrics market will increase even 3 times by 2024.

The driver of effective voice synthesis will be artificial intelligence and neural networks. According to Tomasz Jadczyk, CTO Techmo, this technology will play a key role in developing voice replication. It will allow for building more advanced user models, thanks to which future solutions will be even more perfect than before. Already now to create a good quality model of the user’s voice, it is enough from several minutes to an hour of recording, while just a few years ago several hours of recordings were needed.

Mentioned naturalness and comfort of voice communication mean that the importance of voice technologies will grow. Referring to the available research, Adrian Boczkowski said that 50% of the population is convinced to use this authentication method, and nearly 80% consider it a better method than a pin or password. This may mean that soon voice login will become a part of everyday life. However, we must remember existing threats posed by voice biometrics. “It is very easy to steal a voice today,” said Andrzej Tymecki, managing director of BiometrIQ. Millions of recordings are circulating on the web, which, due to growing popularity of social media, we willingly leave ourselves. Citing numbers, Andrzej Tymecki pointed out that as of today, the YouTube archives alone contain 800 million recordings with an average length of 11.7 minutes, which gives about 70 seconds of recording assigned to every person living on the Earth. It is these recordings left in the public domain that can be easily used to create a replica of someone’s voice, which can be used to carry out social engineering attacks. In particular, public persons: journalists, politicians and people holding important positions in companies are at risk of voice theft in order to use it in such attacks.

Recommending caution in communicating with bots seems to be a good tactic. Michał Hałoń, an expert at NASK-PIB, warned against the dangers associated with, among others, uncritical communication with voice assistants, which may result in leaving voice samples in an uncontrolled way, often in combination with personal data provided by us during the conversation. Among the most popular methods of voice theft protection, he pointed to identity verification by callback or video call.

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A team of neuroscientists at the University of Sydney studying deepfakes have found that people are able to identify other people much more often on a subconscious level than on a conscious level.
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