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The government requires two-factor authentication to access most networks. One of those methods is almost always a password. The other often includes a token system like a Common Access Card, a ngerprint scan or some other form of password. Although voice authentication has also been used for secure access on some sys- tems, it's normally only deployed on large enterprise setups. Now AGNITiO, a voice biometrics company headquartered in Madrid, Spain, wants to change that and move full biometric voice authentication to smartphones and other mobile devices. Called Voice iD, the software can identify a user's unique voice pattern regardless of the language spoken or the phrases read. The company likens its technology to a ngerprint reader, where each person's voice print is completely unique. Even if someone is trying to mimic another person, AGNITiO of cials say their program won't be tricked. Given that a voice is something that users always carry with them, and the fact that they don't have to remember any type of password, the company sees it as an easy solution to adding a second password authentication method to any phone or network. "With Apple's introduction of the Touch ID feature in the iPhone 5S, consumers have awakened to new ways of authentication," said Emilio Marti- nez, AGNITiO's CEO. "Voice iD may be the easiest method, complementary to Touch ID, yet faster to deploy." The AGNITiO Voice iD software engine can be added to any device, platform or application, which allows for rapid adop- tion, the company said. "Soon consum- ers in a variety of scenarios will identify themselves with their unique voiceprint, in any language, electronically or by phone in a variety of scenarios." To combat many of the ways voices can be stolen, AGNITiO has developed an anti-spoo ng system. The company says its security is 97 percent effective in preventing taped replay attacks and 99.9 percent effective against someone simply trying to mimic another speaker. • Voice biometrics vie for mobile ID role BY JOHN BREEDEN II The Obama administration swept into of ce in 2009 with a vision of offer- ing the public access to thousands of government datasets that could help foster application development, new approaches to policy or point the way to new markets. Now a team of private-sector open- data evangelists has introduced a set of Web-based applications that put tools for data visualizations of govern- ment datasets directly into the hands of citizens. The project began in 2011 when the Of ce of Strategic Priorities in Minas Gerais, the third largest of Brazil's 26 states, was looking for a search tool to navigate some of its economic data. The Brazilians contacted the MIT Media Lab, which was then working on a project to help visualize data on trade between countries. The upshot was the launch of Data- Viva, a website with the ambitious goal of providing data visualizations of the entire Brazilian economy over the last 10 years, a project that its creators say will require developing more than 100 million visualizations. "Opening up data in a visual form is essential for transparency and to empower other people to use this data," César Hidalgo, director of the Macro Connections group at the Media Lab, told Fastcodesign.com. The site offers eight core visualization tools, including apps designed to show data in tree maps, geographical charts contrasting graphs. Some are meant to be "descriptive," rendering the data in a simple or comparative way. Others are designed to be more analytical, using calculations that "facilitate the process of decision making," according to the site. One of the apps --- Occugrid --- is designed to analyze the recommended workforce for a given industry and "can be used to determine which occupa- tions a location may need to hire in order to become more successful," according to the report. Improved data visualization options will continue to be a priority for the federal government's open data plans, said NASA Data.gov evangelist Jeanne Holm. "When we visualize data, rather than just looking at a spreadsheet, it results in a visual and 'gut' under- standing," she said in a recent inter- view, "so the power of visualization is important." • DataViva gives power to the people over open data BY GCN STAFF The DataViva website offers a set of data visualization tools, including one that profiles the labor market in a specific location. GCN JANUARY 2014 • GCN.COM 7