Originally Posted by rvelez
This is my first post with BBF-Thanks in advance for any suggestions or feedback.
Is it possible to use voice commands to bypass a security lock password? In other words, we have a 20 minute timeout policy that locks all BB devices. After 20 minutes of inactivity, the user is forced to enter a device password. Our users find it cumbersome to unlock the device using the keyboard while engaged in activities such as driving.
A few months ago, I made a similar suggestion to a RIM insider I know, but with another level of security.
The handset already incorporates speaker-independent speech recognition from one of the top OEM houses in that field. I suggested asking them to extend their component to include speaker-dependent passphrase recognition. You would have to initially "train" the phone by reciting your passphrase (like "The lion roams in the winter" or "Swordfish") into the handset multiple times. Doing that creates a model specific to your voice reciting those phonemes. Once learned, your voice saying the same phrase (in the same way) becomes the key to unlock anything that needs access security. As biometrics go, it's a lot cheaper & easier to incorporate into a smart handset than fingerprint recognition. It also provides a safe way to store login & password information that can auto-feed when requested.
My guess is that the necessary development work will, once approved (which may theoretically have already happened), take almost 2 years, but I could be wrong about this, because the necessary code libraries may already exist, which makes it more of a migration and less of a development issue - at the very earliest, I wouldn't expect to see it before next autumn.