IoT Editors Day Silicon Valley: Voice Control Could be the Future of IoT Security and Control

By Ken Briodagh December 08, 2015

Google Now. Siri. Alexa. Cortana. Jarvis.

Voice command is everywhere, and getting better all the time, and, for the IoT that’s good news. Talking is how we humans are programmed to communicate as a species, and using a keyboard and mouse, or other hand-friendly input device, is going to become the exception rather than the rule as the voice tech gets ever better.

One company that’s leading the way to build safe and effective voice command software for IoT, M2M and mobile applications is Sensory, based in Santa Clara, California. We sat down with Sensory President and CEO Todd Mozer at IoT Evolution Editor’s Day in Silicon Valley, where we met with many of the Left Coast’s biggest brains in the IoT. (Editor’s note: We plan to do another one of these on the east coast sometime soon, but the next time to get face to face with me will be at the IoT Evolution Expo, January 25 to 28 in Ft. Lauderdale. See you in the sand.)

Sensory’s team of academics and techies have been working on voice tech for more than 20 years and shipped their solutions in more than 1 billion products and are looking at making M2M devices totally hands free. The software learns and, what’s even more important, protect the privacy and security of the user through leading-edge biometrics.

Their system is called TrulySecure, and it is a combined voice and facial recognition solution that makes it nearly impossible for a non-owner to get access to any secured device or system. And it works without hiding data on a local server, so devices can remain connected to the cloud.

In contrast, conversational AI developer Cognitive Code has released its SILVIA Secure solution to reside on devices natively in order to protect the data and privacy of the users. The SILVIA security features heavily encrypt and lock private data to the owner’s device, without using the speed or storage capability of the cloud.

It’s a very different, and I’d say, short-sighted approach to a real problem in the IoT. We need to protect our users’ devices, and thereby their privacy and security, but we cannot sacrifice the functionality of connectivity to do it.

Good on ya, Sensory. 

Edited by Maurice Nagle

Editorial Director

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