Biometrics Calculate for Masks

As governments around the world have started requiring people to wear face masks, the IoT (Internet of Things), AI (artificial intelligence), and biometrics continue to evolve to meet today’s needs in a COVID-19 era. Consider the example of a new face and voice biometrics platform, which is capable of recognizing users wearing masks.

Sensory recently announced its TrulySecure face and voice biometric fusion platform that can both recognize face masks and detect coughs and sneezes. Its fusion of face and voice biometrics help avoid the limitations of typical facial recognition solutions. By combining both face and voice into one SDK, it claims developers can leverage both biometrics to address current challenges. For example, when faces are partially obstructed, the voice biometric can help enable secure access. And vice versa. When in a noisy environment, the voice biometric is enhanced with facial recognition.

Here’s how the facial biometric works. The technology supports alternate appearances by enabling multiple enrollments. Thus, someone can enroll their facial recognition as they normally would and then also create a second enrollment with a face mask being worn.

Beyond face, the company has also applied deep learning model training to include cough and sneeze detection—which can be a benefit on a number of different levels. At a personal level, this tech can help smartphones and wearables track health and alert it when a cough and sneeze count crosses a certain threshold. For a business, the technology is capable of listening for, and recognizing the occurrence of coughs and sneezes, which can help business owners track the health of their employees. Even more, cities can generate health data statistics for the general population.

I recently had an opportunity to chat with Todd Mozer, president, CEO, founder and chairman, Sensory, Inc., on The Peggy Smedley Show about the new biometric platform for the COVID-19 era. He shares with me his thoughts that voice control is going to become more and more prevalent, the benefits of a fusion of face and voice, the best way to secure a device with a combo of face and voice, and how to train a device to recognize a face and a whisper.

I must admit I was skeptical at first, but recognizing that many of us are moving away from wanting to touch anything after COVID-19, the idea of voice everything is becoming more and more appealing, and now, it seems even more secure.

But like any emerging technology, I can’t help but wonder, how long, if at all, will it take the bad guys to string pieces of my voice together to attempt to hack away at this biometric idea? These are all questions we should be asking now to prepare for a better tomorrow.

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