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‘Listening’ technology enables ASU, Rolls Royce venture to tackle fraud


By David Schwartz
Published: December 21st, 2011

Alaris, a start-up joint venture between Rolls-Royce and Arizona State University, aims to tackle the health care insurance fraud that is estimated to cost U.S. taxpayers more than $200 billion annually. The partnership was formed to commercialize a Rolls-Royce-developed signature verification technology called SignHear in several markets, including health care, retail banking, and child care security.

SignHear’s dynamic signature verification by Alaris is a biometric technology that verifies identity by analyzing the sound patterns created by an individual’s written signature.  These sounds are captured and analyzed by a patented algorithm that generates an acoustic signature template unique to each user. The technology was developed by Rolls-Royce to run quality tests on jet engine blades. By firing a sound impulse into a blade and analyzing the resulting wave patterns, engineers were able to determine if any structural faults or anomalies were present.

Arizona Technology Enterprises, the IP management and tech transfer organization for Arizona State University, and the ASU Venture Catalyst provided support for the development of Alaris.

Source: Alaris

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