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Nuance AI enables organisations to prioritise and protect elderly citizens using sound of their voice

Nuance AI enables organisations to prioritise and protect elderly citizens using sound of their voice

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Nuance Communications, a pioneer in AI, has announced enhancements to its AI-enabled intelligent detection capabilities in Nuance Gatekeeper, one of the world’s most advanced biometrics solutions for authenticating customers and enabling fraud detection. Prioritising and protecting elderly citizens using the sound of their voice, the new intelligent detection capabilities are first-of-kind and let enterprises quickly identify if callers are over the age of 65 and, if so, immediately prioritise their call, get them to a live agent for service and better protect them from fraud.

As consumers today are primarily interacting with businesses on digital channels, older people are at increased risk of falling victim to fraud as criminals take advantage of the current circumstances to obtain personal information. Those individuals are not only being exploited by aggressive fraudsters but in some cases, by others they know. According to Age UK, an older person in England and Wales becomes a victim of fraud every 40 seconds.

To proactively prevent fraud across voice and digital channels, the world’s largest financial, telecommunications, healthcare, retail and government organisations are deploying Nuance’s biometrics technology, using fourth-generation deep neural networks to allow individuals to use their voice, behaviour and other characteristics for authentication. Nuance Gatekeeper can identify users from the way they talk, tap and text, and determine if the caller is a child or adult. This added layer of detection offers the ability to differentiate adults below 65 and those over, to enable the elderly to access their accounts without the frustration of PINs and passwords, while ensuring others cannot easily socially engineer their way into those seniors’ accounts to steal information.

Telefónica, a global telecommunications firm serving 344 million customers across 14 countries, was one of the first to rollout the new capabilities. “The current pandemic has made everyone over the age of 65 both more susceptible to fraud and in need of immediate service,” said Emilio Gayo, President of Telefónica España. “Partnering with Nuance Gatekeeper in developing together proper and agile solutions, we can best serve this group by prioritising their calls and getting their issues resolved even quicker than we already do. The system is critical to protecting our most at-risk customers while enabling an easier service experience on the phone channel, which this demographic most commonly uses to engage.” 

“Our advanced intelligent detection algorithms can detect unique characteristics that are common in a broad age group to enable more effective and efficient customer protection and service,” said Brett Beranek, General Manager, Security Business, Nuance. “We’ve enhanced this capability and are rolling it out to our entire customer base immediately to help them leverage the power of AI to support their most vulnerable consumers during the pandemic and well into the future.”

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