Governments begin to Build Voice Print Databases
The United States and 70 other nations are investing in voice recognition databases that will allow governments to identify criminals or suspects based on brief recordings.
A leader in the development of “voice-prints” storage is Russia’s Speech Technology Center, known as SpeechPro in the U.S. The company has developed the capability to tuck away millions of recorded voices that governments can later use to identify persons of interests.
The system, called “VoiceGrid Nation,” can match a recording to a database entry in only five seconds (based on a scan of 10,000 voices), with an accuracy of 90%.
Dozens of countries have invested in the company’s biometric technology, with the biggest markets in the Western Hemisphere, Europe and Asia. These include dictatorships, such as those of Belarus and Uzbekistan.
To Learn More:
Watch Your Tongue: Law Enforcement Speech Recognition System Stores Millions of Voices (by Ryan Gallagher, Slate)
Russian Voice ID Company Would Like to Record You for American Authorities (by Steve Huff, Beta Beat)
Just Business: How Russian Technology Provides the Eyes and Ears for the World’s Big Brothers (by Andrei Soldatov and Irina Borogan, Agentura.ru)
FBI Biometric (Federal Bureau of Investigation)
FBI Prepares Billion-Dollar Iris Recognition Database (by Matt Bewig, AllGov)
- Top Stories
- Unusual News
- Where is the Money Going?
- U.S. and the World
- Appointments and Resignations
- Latest News
- If Ferguson is 67% African-American, Why are the Mayor, the City Council Majority and 50 of 53 Police White?
- 45% of Americans Try to Include Organic Foods in their Diet…and 15% Try to Avoid Them
- Dramatic Rise in Attacks on Aid Workers
- Three-Quarters of Small Wind Turbines Produced in U.S. are Sold to other Countries
- This Obama-Appointed Judge Signed off on the CIA Killing of a U.S. Citizen