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Pindrop CEO on the Future of Voice biometrics

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BRET KINSELLA on March 4, 2019 at 12:35 pm

Vijay Balasubramaniyan co-founded Pindrop Security in 2011 after completing his PhD and presenting his research about verifying identity based on sounds other than voices in telephone calls. He is the current CEO. The company uses voice biometrics to detect phone-based fraud and notably raised a $90 million funding round in December to expand into Europe and to start securing smart speakers and other voice-activated devices.

Prior to founding Pindrop, Vijay was a software engineer at IBM, Google, Siemens, and Intel. He holds a PhD in Computer Science from Georgia Tech and an engineering and computer science degree from R.V. College of Engineering.

Mr. Balasubramaniyan also appeared in Voicebot Podcast Ep 79 for a five-minute interview that discussed voice at CES 2019 and Pindrop’s move into security for voice-enabled consumer devices. In our interview for Ep 86, we talk about Pindrop’s historical focus on enterprise applications for the call center and how that is evolving into security for voice assistant applications. And, we speak in depth about hundreds of sound characteristics of phone calls and other voice interactions beyond the human voice. Pindrop today uses both voice biometrics and these other sound characteristics to determine where a call originates or a user is at the time of an interaction and who is speaking.