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Sentry Systems to Offer Voice Passwords for E-Commerce

T-NETIX Inc., a provider of fraud prevention technologies, and PEAK Network Communications have formed Sentry Systems LLC to develop and distribute simple voice passwords for use in e-commerce applications.

PEAK is a provider of Internet security and electronic commerce solutions.

"The benefits promised by Web-based electronic commerce are driving a rapid increase in networking infrastructure," said Alan Forbes, president of PEAK and chairman of Sentry Systems. "We are at the 'build it and they will come' stage for electronic commerce. Yet, according to several recent market research studies, many potential commercial Internet users are reluctant to adopt e-commerce due to security concerns. We believe the products coming from Sentry Systems will address the security concerns of Internet customers and service providers alike."

Sentry Systems will use patented SpeakEZ Voice Print technology from T-NETIX and portions of its recently unveiled VeriNet Web technology. These verification technologies will be integrated with PEAK's Web server security software to provide a secure, and scaleable solution for online user authentication, the company said.

Sentry's technology is designed to provide a unified platform for all enterprise security solutions. Sentry Systems will manage all product development, marketing and support for the integrated solution. T-NETIX will contribute its VeriNet technology and assist in managing the joint venture.

"The marketplace has given a clear message--authenticating users is a costly and intrusive process and a barrier to widespread adoption of electronic commerce," said Forbes. "Authentication is vital for authorizing transactions and access to secure resources on the Internet. The products and services coming from Sentry Systems will secure authentication with new levels of ease and simplicity."

Sentry Systems' first product will securely link the user's desktop PC microphone and sound card over the Internet to a remote voice authentication server. The Internet user merely speaks a password into the PC microphone to prove their identity. Sentry Systems will use the advanced SpeakEZ Voice Print speaker verification engine from T-NETIX to match the user with his or her stored voice print.

"This product will be able to verify users with variations in PC microphone quality and background noise while managing the added complexities of sending voice characteristics within Internet packets," said Forbes. "The optimized SpeakEZ Voice Print verification engine will be in a secure Web server solely for authenticating the specific features of an individual's voice."

The first voice authentication products from Sentry Systems are planned for release in early 1999. Both companies are based in Englewood, CO.