I recently analyzed a call in which the customer was run through the gauntlet of security questions including, but not limited to, name, address, phone, last four of social security number, mother’s maiden name, favorite breakfast cereal, and on and on and on. There were two minutes of customer verification after which the CSR finally got to "Okay, Mr. Wampumburger, how can I help you today?" to which the customer replied, "What’s your fax number?"
To avoid lengthy verification procedures and save on time/expense, companies are beginning to turn toward technology to help with customer authentication. Voice biometrics is one of these technologies. The question interested companies are asking is if the technology has matured to the point where it’s actually working without a million bugs, glitches and crashes. If so, how long will it take for the savings in call time to balance the expense of the technology?
I’m asking our faithful QAQnA readers to help us out and report your experiences with voice biometric authentication. You can post a comment or e-mail me with your own experience. I will be happy to pass along any information I receive.