Voice Verification (e.g., Voice Authorization, Voiceprint, Etc.) Patents (Class 379/88.02)
  • Patent number: 11322157
    Abstract: A method of speaker authentication comprises: receiving a speech signal; dividing the speech signal into segments; and, following each segment, obtaining an authentication score based on said segment and previously received segments, wherein the authentication score represents a probability that the speech signal comes from a specific registered speaker. In response to an authentication request, an authentication result is output based on the authentication score.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: Cirrus Logic, Inc.
    Inventors: Carlos Vaquero Avilés-Casco, David Martínez González, Ryan Roberts
  • Patent number: 11302335
    Abstract: A system, method and computer-readable storage device are disclosed signing a voicemail and confirming an identity of the speaker. A method includes receiving a request to verify a speaker associated with a communication to a recipient, receiving first data from the speaker in connection with the communication, accessing second data associated with the speaker to verify the speaker, determining whether a match exists between the first data and the second data to yield a determination, retrieving a communication address of the recipient, generating a notification for the recipient, wherein the notification reports on the determination and transmitting the notification to the recipient at the communication address.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: Nuance Communications, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Breuer, Thomas Moser, Christoph Gilles, Hans Haustetter
  • Patent number: 11216801
    Abstract: A voice controlled (VC) system for onboarding users and exchanging data in real-time over a network is provided. The VC system includes at least one data controller (DC) computing device in communication with at least one voice controlled (VC) computing device. The DC computing device is configured to receive transaction data and voice controlled (VC) data, parse the transaction data and the VC data, and perform a look up in a database using the parsed transaction data and VC data. The VC system is also configured to compare the transaction data and the VC data to stored data, and verify the transaction data and the VC data by matching the transaction data and the VC data to the stored data. The VC system is further configured to generate a message based on the matched data, and transmit the message to a merchant associated with the verified data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: MASTERCARD INTERNATIONAL INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Ninju Bohra, Matthew S. Smith, Jacqueline Suzanne Welsh-Holder, Anthony Walker, Moon Seon Ok
  • Patent number: 11140267
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method for providing an objective evaluation to a customer service representative regarding his performance during an interaction with a customer may include receiving a digitized data stream corresponding to a spoken conversation between a customer and a representative; converting the data stream to a text stream; generating a representative transcript that includes the words from the text stream that are spoken by the representative; comparing the representative transcript with a plurality of positive words and a plurality of negative words; and generating a score that varies according to the occurrence of each word spoken by the representative that matches one of the positive words, and/or the occurrence of each word spoken by the representative that matches one of the negative words. Tone of voice, as well as response time, during the interaction may also be monitored and analyzed to adjust the score, or generate a separate score.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventor: Sylvia Hernandez
  • Patent number: 11134215
    Abstract: Computing systems and methods are described in which video calls or other online communications are established or enhanced among two or more live participants. In some variants one or more preferences are gleaned from a first participant's behavior so as to streamline a call establishment with one or more qualified recipients. Alternatively or additionally, enriched auditory message data may be received privately from a sender without leaving a shared space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Assignee: 11SIGHT, INC.
    Inventors: Farokh Hassanzadeh Eskafi, Aleks Channes Gollu
  • Patent number: 11115521
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided to stop both external and internal fraud, ensure correct actions are being followed, and information is available to fraud teams for investigation. The system includes components that can address: 1) behavioral analytics (ANI reputation, IVR behavior, account activity)—this gives a risk assessment event before a call gets to an agent; 2) fraud detection—the ability to identify, in real time, if a caller is part of a fraudster cohort? and alert the agent and escalate to the fraud team; 3) identity authentication—the ability to identify through natural language if the caller is who they say they are; and 4) two factor authentication—the ability to send a text message to the caller and automatically process the response and create a case in the event of suspected fraud.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: VERINT AMERICAS INC.
    Inventors: Jeremy Robert Roderick, Brian Patrick Carman, David Warren Singer, Daniel Thomas Spohrer, Damian Smith, Tim McCurry
  • Patent number: 11087769
    Abstract: Techniques for authenticating users at devices that interact with the users via voice input. For instance, the described techniques may allow a voice-input device to safely verify the identity of a user by engaging in a back-and-forth conversation. The device or another device coupled thereto may then verify the accuracy of the responses from the user during the conversation, as well as compare an audio signature associated with the user's responses to a pre-stored audio signature associated with the user. By utilizing multiple checks, the described techniques are able to accurately and safely authenticate the user based solely on an audible conversation between the user and the voice-input device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Preethi Narayanan
  • Patent number: 11080720
    Abstract: Systems and methods generate a risk score for an account event. The systems and methods automatically generate a causal model corresponding to a user, wherein the model estimates components of the causal model using event parameters of a previous event undertaken by the user in an account of the user. The systems and methods predict expected behavior of the user during a next event in the account using the causal model. Predicting the expected behavior of the user includes generating expected event parameters of the next event. The systems and methods use a predictive fraud model to generate fraud event parameters. Generation of the fraud event parameters assumes a fraudster is conducting the next event, wherein the fraudster is any person other than the user. The systems and methods generate a risk score of the next event to indicate the relative likelihood the future event is performed by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: GUARDIAN ANALYTICS, INC.
    Inventor: Tom Miltonberger
  • Patent number: 11081099
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus for determining candidate user profiles as being associated with a shared device, and identifying, from the candidate user profiles, candidate pronunciation attributes associated with at least one of the candidate user profiles determined to be associated with the shared device. The methods, systems, and apparatus are also for receiving, at the shared device, a spoken utterance; determining a received pronunciation attribute based on received audio data corresponding to the spoken utterance; comparing the received pronunciation attribute to at least one of the candidate pronunciation attributes; and selecting a particular pronunciation attribute from the candidate pronunciation attributes based on a result of the comparison of the received pronunciation attribute to at least one of the candidate pronunciation attributes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventors: Justin Lewis, Lisa Takehana
  • Patent number: 11068814
    Abstract: Systems and methods for verifying and monitoring employees are provided. Employees call-in to the system at scheduled times. If an employee misses a scheduled call-in, an alert can be generated. An employer notification process can generate the alert, notifying a supervisor of the employee's missed call. The alert can include the employee's name, the location of the employee, and the time he/she was supposed to call. Such systems and methods can be used to verify that a worker is at the proper location at the proper time and awake and alert during the entire time period that he/she is supposed to be working.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: STEADYCARE, LLC
    Inventors: Arthur Phillip Clifford, Patricia A. Marrin
  • Patent number: 11062700
    Abstract: A method comprising receiving first data representative of a query received by an electronic device. Device characteristic data indicative of at least one characteristic of the electronic device is received. It is determined, using the device characteristic data, that the electronic device is authorized to access a first portion of at least one knowledge graph, which is an access-controlled portion. The at least one knowledge graph also includes a second portion which is a non-access-controlled portion. The first data is sent to at least the first portion of the at least one knowledge graph. Second data is received from the first portion of the at least one knowledge graph. The second data is representative of an answer to the query. Answer data representative of the answer to the query is generated using the second data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Pooria Azimi, Zachary Philip Pearson Feinn, Thomas Reno, Ivgeni Segal, John Zucchi
  • Patent number: 11019090
    Abstract: A method for detecting a fraud attempt in a communication session may include receiving, via at least one processor, a set of data associated with a communication session between a representative of an organization and a user, tagging, via the at least one processor, one or more items of the set of data as one or more tagged data items, applying, via the at least one processor, a fraud detecting algorithm to the one or more tagged data items to determine a percent likelihood of the user attempting to defraud the representative, generating, via the at least one processor, a visualization based on the percent likelihood, and displaying, via the at least one processor, the visualization via an electronic display during the communication session.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: United Services Automobile Association (USAA)
    Inventors: Arthur Quentin Smith, Kevin K. Fiedler, Andrew Jerome Gabriel Higgins
  • Patent number: 10992662
    Abstract: A first processor may receive a first request, from a first user, to initiate a first application. The first processor may initiate a first recording device. Initiating the first recording may include executing firmware embedded in the first recording device. The first processor may validate the identity of the first user using the first recording device. The first processor may initiate the first application. Initiating the first application may include loading and executing a first operating system associated with the first application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Johnny Shieh, Jessica Murillo, Susann Keohane, Gerald McBrearty
  • Patent number: 10992663
    Abstract: A first processor may receive a first request, from a first user, to initiate a first application. The first processor may initiate a first recording device. Initiating the first recording may include executing firmware embedded in the first recording device. The first processor may validate the identity of the first user using the first recording device. The first processor may initiate the first application. Initiating the first application may include loading and executing a first operating system associated with the first application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Johnny Shieh, Jessica Murillo, Susann Keohane, Gerald McBrearty
  • Patent number: 10963891
    Abstract: In response to a conversion action associated with an online advertisement (“ad”), an advertiser associated with the ad generates a unique identifier (e.g., a pseudo random number), which is transmitted to a payment system through a user device. In some implementations, the unique identifier can be generated by a payment system in response to a request from an advertiser. The advertiser stores the unique identifier in a secure location that is accessible by the payment system. The payment system compares the received unique identifier with the stored unique identifier. If the received unique identifier matches the stored unique identifier, and if the received unique identifier was not previously generated by the advertiser, then the payment system deems the conversion action to be valid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Abhinay Sharma, Kai Chen
  • Patent number: 10909538
    Abstract: Provided is a method and a telephone-based system with voice-verification capabilities that enable a user to safely and securely conduct transactions with his or her online financial transaction program account over the phone in a convenient and user-friendly fashion, without having to depend on an internet connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: PAYPAL, INC.
    Inventor: Will Tonini
  • Patent number: 10854207
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for training a voiceprint recognition system are provided. The method includes obtaining a voice training data set comprising voice segments of users; determining identity vectors of all the voice segments; identifying identity vectors of voice segments of a same user in the determined identity vectors; placing the recognized identity vectors of the same user in the users into one of user categories; and determining an identity vector in the user category as a first identity vector. The method further includes normalizing the first identity vector by using a normalization matrix, a first value being a sum of similarity degrees between the first identity vector in the corresponding category and other identity vectors in the corresponding category; training the normalization matrix, and outputting a training value of the normalization matrix when the normalization matrix maximizes a sum of first values of all the user categories.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: TENCENT TECHNOLOGY (SHENZHEN) COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventors: Wei Li, Binghua Qian, Xingming Jin, Ke Li, Fuzhang Wu, Yongjian Wu, Feiyue Huang
  • Patent number: 10832654
    Abstract: Techniques (300, 400, 500) and apparatuses (100, 200, 700) for recognizing accented speech are described. In some embodiments, an accent module recognizes accented speech using an accent library based on device data, uses different speech recognition correction levels based on an application field into which recognized words are set to be provided, or updates an accent library based on corrections made to incorrectly recognized speech.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Google Technology Holdings LLC
    Inventor: Kristin A. Gray
  • Patent number: 10825462
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for optimizing call quality and improving network efficiency by reducing bandwidth requirements at the individual-voice-call level. Embodiments provided herein build vocal fingerprints that correspond to the frequency range of the human voice, as well as the frequency range of the voice of individual users. The vocal fingerprints are used minimize and reduce the transmission of background noise and ambient sound captured using HD voice while retaining the frequency range of a user's voice in HD voice. This filtered HD voice frequency range is then transmitted to recipients over the network. The reduced frequency range lowers bandwidth usage and conserves network resources, all while optimizing the call quality for individual users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Sprint Communications Company L.P.
    Inventors: Gregory Anderson Drews, Brian Dale Farst, Young Suk Lee, Raymond Reeves
  • Patent number: 10825452
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for processing voice data. A specific implementation of the method includes: receiving voice data sent by a user terminal; extracting a voiceprint characteristic vector in the voice data; matching the voiceprint characteristic vector with a registered voiceprint vector prestored by the user, and generating a matching degree between the voiceprint characteristic vector and the registered voiceprint vector; determining whether the matching degree is greater than or equal to a preset update threshold; and updating the registered voiceprint vector by using the voiceprint characteristic vector and the voice data in response to determining that the matching degree is greater than or equal to the preset update threshold. This implementation enhances accuracy of a registered voiceprint vector of a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: BAIDU ONLINE NETWORK TECHNOLOGY (BEIJING) CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Can Ye, Yiyu Peng
  • Patent number: 10812656
    Abstract: A system is provided for interpreting real-time voice communications and generating action plan queues to assist a sales representative during a call. The system includes an analytics module configured to identify voice call data between the sales representative and the other party and select voice impressions in the call for analysis. The analytics module further receives the voice impressions and interpret the impressions, associates at least one attribute and at least one value with each voice impression, and creates a conversation profile based on the at least one attribute and the at least one value associated with the voice impressions. The analytics module further determines action plan queues according to the conversation profile and render the action plan queues to the sales representative during the call.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: SalesBoost, LLC
    Inventor: Margaret L Brooks
  • Patent number: 10777207
    Abstract: The present disclosure discloses a method and apparatus for verifying information. The method includes: acquiring a target combination of question and answer, the target combination of question and answer comprising a question and an answer to the question; sending the question in the target combination of question and answer to a terminal device; receiving to-be-confirmed voice information sent by the terminal device, and recognizing the to-be-confirmed voice information to generate a to-be-confirmed answer; and determining that the to-be-confirmed voice information is verified, if the to-be-confirmed answer matches the answer in the target combination of question and answer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Baidu Online Network Technology (Beijing) Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yang Mu, Wenyu Wang, Lan Li
  • Patent number: 10715343
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer-readable media for device monitoring for conference reservation cancellation are disclosed. A location value is associated with a reservation for a scheduled conference associated with a scheduled starting time and a scheduled ending time. A voice-capturing device is associated with the location value, and the voice-capturing device is configured to send voice input to a service provider environment over a network. Voice input is not received from the voice-capturing device within a duration of time between the scheduled starting time and the scheduled ending time. The reservation is canceled based on determining that the voice input is not received from the voice-capturing device within the duration of time between the scheduled starting time and the scheduled ending time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Sivakumar Arumugam
  • Patent number: 10706505
    Abstract: A system and method for generating a range image using sparse depth data is disclosed. The method includes receiving, by a controller, image data of a scene. The image data includes a first set of pixels. The method also includes receiving, by the controller, a sparse depth data of the scene. The sparse depth data includes a second set of pixels, and the number of the second set of pixels is less than the number of first set of pixels. The method also includes combining the image data and the sparse depth data into a combined data. The method also includes generating a range image using the combined data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Wei Tong, Shuqing Zeng, Upali P. Mudalige
  • Patent number: 10706448
    Abstract: A service monitoring system includes a voice collector that collects a voice of an employee in a predetermined voice collection region, a storage unit that stores service event data including determination conditions for each predetermined service event, terminal operation history data indicating an operation history of an employee on a predetermined business terminal and voice data of the employee in correlation with each other, a detector that detects the service event of the employee based on the service event data and the terminal operation history data, a calculator that calculates a service speech evaluation value corresponding to a predetermined speech keyword on the basis of the voice data of the employee during the service event, and an output that stores the service speech evaluation value in correlation with identification information of the employee, and voice data of the employee specified by a service position and time point of the employee.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hisahiro Tanaka, Akitoshi Izumi, Masanari Miyamoto, Shinichi Shigenaga, Ryota Fujii, Koshi Tanaka, Hisashi Tsuji
  • Patent number: 10701066
    Abstract: An identity authentication method, comprising: at an electronic device having one or more processors and memory, the electronic device coupled with a display and one or more input devices: receiving an identity authentication request; in response to receiving the identity authentication request, performing an interactive authentication information exchange between the electronic device and a user, including: displaying, on the display, first visual information in a first manner; displaying, on the display, the first visual information in a second manner that is distinct from the first manner, wherein the first visual information displayed in the second manner includes a timing characteristic that is absent from the first visual information displayed in the first manner; receiving user input entered in accordance with the first visual information displayed in the second manner; and verifying that the user input conforms to the timing characteristic in the first visual information displayed in the second manner
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Tencent Technology (Shenzhen) Company Limited
    Inventors: Lu Zheng, Shuai Zhang, Tingting Shang, Rui Rao, Yan Chen, Yaode Huang, Zhenhua Wang
  • Patent number: 10685658
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a method and a device for processing voiceprint authentication. The method includes: extracting a first feature vector for each first speech segment of a training set by a gender-mixed voiceprint baseline system based on Deep Neural Network; training a gender classifier according to the first feature vector for each first speech segment and a pre-labeled first gender label of each first speech segment; training Deep Neural Network models for different genders respectively according to speech data of different genders of the training set; and training uniform background models, feature vector extracting models and linear probability discriminant analysis models for different genders respectively according to the Deep Neural Network models for different genders and the speech data of different genders of the training set. A voiceprint authentication processing model for gender distinguishing is built, thus improving the efficiency and accuracy of voiceprint authentication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: BAIDU ONLINE NETWORK TECHNOLOGY (BEIJING) CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chao Li, Bengu Wu, Lin Zhu
  • Patent number: 10672403
    Abstract: A score indicating a likelihood that a first subject is the same as a second subject may be calibrated to compensate for aging of the first subject between samples of age-sensitive biometric characteristics. Age of the first subject obtained at a first sample time and age of the second subject obtained at a second sample time may be averaged, and an age approximation may be generated based on at least the age average and an interval between the first and second samples. The age approximation, the interval between the first and second sample times, and an obtained gender of the subject are used to calibrate the likelihood score.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Pindrop Security, Inc.
    Inventors: Elie Khoury, Matthew Garland
  • Patent number: 10621974
    Abstract: Updating a voice template for recognizing a speaker on the basis of a voice uttered by the speaker is disclosed. Stored voice templates indicate distinctive characteristics of utterances from speakers. Distinctive characteristics are extracted for a specific speaker based on a voice message utterance received from that speaker. The distinctive characteristics are compared to the characteristics indicated by the stored voice templates to selected a template that matches within a predetermined threshold. The selected template is updated on the basis of the extracted characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yukari Miki, Masami Noguchi
  • Patent number: 10594868
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for responding to a pre-recorded inbound voice message in a communication system that includes communication devices and a communication server. In a first communication device, a pre-recorded inbound voice message is received from a sender communication device via a communication server. A reply mode is set for a response voice message from a plurality of reply modes. The response voice message is recorded and a reply mode flag is inserted into a message header. The response voice message is then sent to the communication server where it determines the reply mode. When the reply mode is reply to all, the response voice message is sent to the sender communication device and other recipient communication devices. When the reply mode is reply to sender, a direct channel communication link is established between the first communication device and the sender communication device and the response voice message is sent directly to the sender communication device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Republic Wireless, Inc.
    Inventors: Sai Rathnam, Justin Milam, Ryan McShane, Dean Thorson, James Mulcahy, Jared Kashimba, Matthew Newton, Ibraheem Khalifa, Steve Ims
  • Patent number: 10467122
    Abstract: Disclosed are techniques for capturing and classification of digital data and providing recommendations in real-time or nearly real-time. These techniques identify a plurality of agent computing or communication devices in communication with a server and identify a plurality of communications between the plurality of agent computing or communication devices and a plurality of user communication or computing devices of a plurality of users into real-time service data. One or more actions are determined for a communication of the plurality of communications based in part or in whole upon at least one communication class into which the communication is classified. One or more post-classification tasks are performed based in part or in whole upon the one or more actions determined at the recommendation module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: INTUIT INC.
    Inventor: Timothy B. Doyle
  • Patent number: 10470005
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for managing outbound voice messages in a communication system that includes communication devices and a communication server. A temporal mode of either live mode or message mode and a recipient mode of either group mode or direct mode are selected and set for an outbound voice message. Based on the selected settings for temporal mode and recipient mode the originating communication device records a voice message that is relayed to the communication server where it is distributed to other communication devices according to the rules or parameters associated with the temporal and recipient mode selected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: REPUBLIC WIRELESS, Inc.
    Inventors: Sai Rathnam, Justin Milam, Ryan McShane, Dean Thorson, James Mulcahy, Jared Kashimba, Matthew Newton, Ibraheem Khalifa, Steve Ims
  • Patent number: 10419876
    Abstract: An approach includes contacting a predefined contact information when a mobile device, which is password protected, is lost and subsequently found. The approach includes receiving an activation event predefined for a specified password protected mobile device, and receiving predefined contact information stored in the mobile device while the mobile device remains password protected, upon the receipt of the activation event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Rhonda L. Childress, Itzhack Goldberg, Clifford A. Pickover, Neil Sondhi, Maja Vukovic
  • Patent number: 10403286
    Abstract: A system and method for facilitating user interaction with a voice application. A VoiceXML browser runs locally on a mobile device. Supporting components, such as a Resource Manager, a Call Data Manager, and a MRCP Gateway Client support operation of the VoiceXML browser. The Resource Manager servers either those files stored locally on the mobile device, or files accessible via a network connection using the wireless or mobile broadband capabilities of the mobile device. The Call Data Manager communicates call-specific data back to the application's system of origin or another configured target system. The MRCP Gateway Client provides the VoiceXML browser with access to media resources via a MRCP Gateway Client.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: West Corporation
    Inventor: Chad Daniel Fox
  • Patent number: 10326711
    Abstract: Apparatuses, methods and storage media associated with multiple multi-drop buses in a switch are provided herein. In some embodiments, the switch may include a multi-drop row bus to transmit a plurality of frames in a row dimension of the matrix switch and a multi-drop column bus to transmit the plurality of frames in a column dimension of the matrix switch. The switch may further include an input port to receive the plurality of frames and an output port to output the plurality of frames from the matrix switch. Other embodiments may be described and/or claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Albert S. Cheng, Thomas D. Lovett, Michael A. Parker, Steven F. Hoover, Gregory J. Hubbard
  • Patent number: 10271012
    Abstract: Methods, apparatuses, and techniques for security and/or automation systems are described. In one embodiment, the method may include receiving a call initiation instruction at a video monitoring component of a home automation system. The method may further include analyzing the call initiation instruction, and communicating a call request from the video monitoring component of the home automation system to a first remote user based at least in part on the received call initiation instruction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Vivint, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Mahar, Matthew J. Eyring, Clint Huson Gordon-Carroll, Jeremy Bruce Warren, James Ellis Nye, Jefferson Huhta Lyman, Michael D. Child, Michelle Zundel
  • Patent number: 10262659
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a computer storage medium, for receiving audio data corresponding to an utterance, determining that the audio data corresponds to a hotword, generating a hotword audio fingerprint of the audio data that is determined to correspond to the hotword, comparing the hotword audio fingerprint to one or more stored audio fingerprints of audio data that was previously determined to correspond to the hotword, detecting whether the hotword audio fingerprint matches a stored audio fingerprint of audio data that was previously determined to correspond to the hotword based on whether the comparison indicates a similarity between the hotword audio fingerprint and one of the one or more stored audio fingerprints that satisfies a predetermined threshold, and in response to detecting that the hotword audio fingerprint matches a stored audio fingerprint, disabling access to a computing device into which the utterance was spoken.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Matthew Sharifi, Jakob Nicolaus Foerster
  • Patent number: 10230838
    Abstract: A secure telephone call management system is provided for authenticating users of a telephone system in an institutional facility. Authentication of the users of the telephone call management system is accomplished by using a personal identification number, biometric means, and/or radio frequency means. The secure telephone call management system includes accounting software capable of limiting access to the system based on funds in a user's account, and includes management software capable of implementing widespread or local changes to the system. The system monitors a conversation in the telephone call to detect a presence of a first characteristic in audio of the conversation, and terminates the telephone call if the first characteristic does not match a second characteristic of biometric information of a user or a called party.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Global Tel*Link Corporation
    Inventor: Stephen Lee Hodge
  • Patent number: 10182148
    Abstract: Method of filtering undesirable incoming telephone calls, in which a decision to block a call or to transmit it is based both on the caller's number and on analysis of the caller's voice.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: KATIA SA
    Inventor: Maxime Winkler
  • Patent number: 10153976
    Abstract: A residential gateway has a first, wired data connection and a second, wireless data connection. At least the second data connection connects to a network node which at least temporarily maintains simultaneous connections to at least one residential gateway and at least one mobile station. The residential gateway is communicatively connected to a load balancing controller. A method of operating the residential gateway for controlling load balancing comprises the residential gateway sending a registration request to the load balancing controller. The registration request comprises an identification of the residential gateway and an identification of the network node to which the residential gateway is communicatively connected. The residential gateway receives a listening address from which it receives load balancing control messages, and listens for load balancing control messages from the listening address.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: INTERDIGITAL CE PATENT HOLDINGS
    Inventors: Geert Goemaere, Olivier Lafontaine, Jurgen Schoeters
  • Patent number: 10140984
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for processing voice data. A specific implementation of the method includes: receiving voice data sent by a user terminal; extracting a voiceprint characteristic vector in the voice data; matching the voiceprint characteristic vector with a registered voiceprint vector prestored by the user, and generating a matching degree between the voiceprint characteristic vector and the registered voiceprint vector; determining whether the matching degree is greater than or equal to a preset update threshold; and updating the registered voiceprint vector by using the voiceprint characteristic vector and the voice data in response to determining that the matching degree is greater than or equal to the preset update threshold. This implementation enhances accuracy of a registered voiceprint vector of a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Baidu Online Network Technology (Beijing) Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Can Ye, Yiyu Peng
  • Patent number: 10135818
    Abstract: The disclosure discloses a user biological feature authentication method and system. The method includes the following: a client sends an authentication request to a server; the client receives a speech password; acquires speech information and a face image of a user to be authenticated; the client judges whether the speech information is the same as the speech password, and judges whether the face image is valid; the client associates a speech information fragment to the face image under the condition that a judgment result is YES; the client calculates a digest value of the speech password, the speech information, a target image, associated information and a first moment; and the client sends an authentication content to the server. By the disclosure, the effect of improving ID authentication security in a biological feature recognition process is further achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Beijing Techshino Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chunlin Yang, Jun Zhou, Fushui Yu, Chengkun Shan
  • Patent number: 10057417
    Abstract: Approaches for recording and playing back a portion of a telephone call are provided. An approach includes establishing a subscriber of a recording and play back service. The approach includes recording, by a computing device, a portion of a conversation of the subscriber that occurs in a call between a first telephone and a second telephone. The approach additionally includes storing, by the computing device, the portion of the conversation when the call ends. The approach further includes analyzing, by the computing device, the stored portion of the conversation to detect predefined keywords. The approach also includes automatically providing the subscriber with an option to play back the stored portion of the conversation when at least one of the predefined keywords is detected during the analyzing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Peeyush Jaiswal, Kiran Mutukuru, Gregory Toon, Aleksas J. Vitenas
  • Patent number: 10027799
    Abstract: Embodiments are provided for the automatic real-time recording and processing of media in a communications network based on the context of the media. In one embodiment, a media stream is received in an analysis module in a service platform in the communications network. The media stream may represent a communication session between a calling party and a call center in the network. The incoming media steam is analyzed to identify words comprising a context of the communication session. A determination is then made as to whether the context of the communication session is related to a set of business rules associated with the service platform which may automatically trigger the retention of a recording of the communication session. If the context of the communication session is related to the set of business rules, the retention of the communication session is automatically triggered in real-time at a recording module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: NUANCE COMMUNICATIONS, INC.
    Inventor: David Anderson
  • Patent number: 10020008
    Abstract: Analog signals are received from a sound transducer. The analog signals are converted into digitized data. A determination is made as to whether voice activity exists within the digitized signal. Upon the detection of voice activity, an indication of voice activity is sent to a processing device. The indication is sent across a standard interface, and the standard interface is configured to be compatible to be coupled with a plurality of devices from potentially different manufacturers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Knowles Electronics, LLC
    Inventors: Weiwen Dai, Robert A. Popper
  • Patent number: 9916301
    Abstract: Click logs are automatically mined to assist in discovering candidate variations for named entities. The named entities may be obtained from one or more sources and include an initial list of named entities. A search may be performed within one or more search engines to determine common phrases that are used to identify the named entity in addition to the named entity initially included in the named entity list. Click logs associated with results of past searches are automatically mined to discover what phrases determined from the searches are candidate variations for the named entity. The candidate variations are scored to assist in determining the variations to include within an understanding model. The variations may also be used when delivering responses and displayed output in the SLU system. For example, instead of using the listed named entity, a popular and/or shortened name may be used by the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Dustin Hillard, Fethiye Asli Celikyilmaz, Dilek Hakkani-Tur, Rukmini Iyer, Gokhan Tur
  • Patent number: 9916829
    Abstract: A user seeking information relevant to the purchase of a home improvement product or other product submits a query to an automated system. The system transforms the user's voice query into a text statement and searches a knowledge base for candidate responses. Quality scores for the candidate responses are determined. If no candidate response having at least a minimum quality score is identified, the query is sent to a second device associated with an agent. The agent response is provided to the user and stored in the knowledge base for future use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Home Depot Product Authority, LLC
    Inventors: Ian O'Neal Beckford, Michael L. Guhl, Anees Haidri, Kevin James Scholz, Paul Sterk
  • Patent number: 9911421
    Abstract: The speaker identification system has a voice acquisition unit that acquires voice information of a speaker, and a database management unit that determines whether or not the speaker corresponding to the acquired voice information matches a speaker corresponding to registered voice information in connection with content information on a content, that acquires content information on the content displayed on a device at the time of acquisition of the voice information and stores the acquired content information in connection with the registered voice information in a case where it is determined that the speaker corresponding to the acquired voice information matches the speaker corresponding to the registered voice information, and that stores the acquired voice information in the database as registered voice information in a case where it is determined that the speaker corresponding to the acquired voice information does not match the speaker corresponding to the registered voice information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION OF AMERICA
    Inventors: Misaki Tsujikawa, Yutaka Banba
  • Patent number: 9870776
    Abstract: A method and system for using conversational biometrics and speaker identification and/or verification to filter voice streams during mixed mode communication. The method includes receiving an audio stream of a communication between participants. Additionally, the method includes filtering the audio stream of the communication into separate audio streams, one for each of the participants. Each of the separate audio streams contains portions of the communication attributable to a respective participant. Furthermore, the method includes outputting the separate audio streams to a storage system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Peeyush Jaiswal, Naveen Narayan
  • Patent number: 9858931
    Abstract: Systems and methods for analyzing digital recordings of the human voice in order to find characteristics unique to an individual. A biometrics engine may use an analytics service in a contact center to supply audio streams based on configured rules and providers for biometric detection. The analytics service may provide call audio data and attributes to connected engines based on a provider-set of selection rules. The connected providers send call audio data and attributes through the analytics service. The engines are notified when a new call is available for processing and can then retrieve chunks of audio data and call attributes by polling an analytics service interface. A mathematical model of the human vocal tract in the call audio data is created and/or matched against existing models. The result is analogous to a fingerprint, i.e., a pattern unique to an individual to within some level of probability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: VERINT AMERICAS INC.
    Inventors: Jamie Richard Williams, Robert John Barnes, Ian Linsdell, Scott M. Bluman