Innovative voice biometrics company CellMax Systems Ltd. and leading point-of-sale (POS) system producer PCS Revenue Control Systems, Inc., today announced the joint development of a highly accurate, rapid, voice recognition-based identification, verification and payment system for school cafeterias. The system, which will be piloted in Q1 2007, has an initial potential market of 800 U.S. school districts.
The system provides a practical, non-intrusive solution to the logistical challenges faced every day by school facilities managers – tracking meal accountability, enhancing student per minute processing time and increasing line speed – all to ensure kids get the meals they’re entitled to, and get them fast. It also circumvents several major technological roadblocks previously posed to voice biometrics by the lunchroom set: rowdiness (background noise) and sudden voice change (affecting false acceptance/rejection rates).
The project marks a turning point in school maintenance and facilities management as the first time that voice biometrics will be deployed in PCS-licensed lunchrooms. Simply by saying a name and student number, students’ account data and photo come up on the food server’s screen, they are charged automatically, and the right lunch is placed before them. The system integrates CellMax Systems’ next-generation, non-intrusive, physical biometric technology into all POS terminals offered by PCS. CellMax Systems’ natural speech-based VioMetrics™ solution will be added to PCS’ existing cardless ID product range, which includes picture roster, numeric keypad, fingerprint and/or barcode scanner.
PCS designs, manufactures and markets systems for school meal programs and is one of only eight USDA-approved software programs available for state agencies, school food authorities and local schools to implement Nutrient Standard Menu Planning (NSMP). More than 8,000 school systems with over 30,000 PCS Points of Sale have been installed in over 800 small, medium, large, and major city school districts throughout the U.S.
Israel Ronn, CEO of CellMax Systems, said, “Instead of relying on present-generation methods such as swipe ID cards, cash or tokens that get lost or stolen, personal identification (PIN) numbers that are forgotten or used by others, or fingerprint scanning which has a lower rate of accuracy, we provide a highly accurate, low-cost, hardware-free solution. Our solution is software only – it’s flexible and more easily deployed.”
David Yaniv, General Manager of PCS Revenue Control Systems, said, “PCS revolutionized school meal programs across the nation in 1986, when the Federal Government invited it to offer accountability solutions to the National School Lunch and Nutrition Act. The joint solution with CellMax Systems continues our principle of making life easier for thousands of business managers, food service directors, cashiers and cafeteria staff, principals, students – and parents, too.”
The solution has also overcome the particular challenges posed by the school lunchroom environment, explained CellMax Systems CTO Ziv Barzilay. “Our technology filters out background noise. If a child or parent is phoning in, it can support and authenticate input over landline, VoIP and we’ve even managed to overcome cellular phone distortion. It also ‘learns’ constantly, adapting to gradual voiceprint changes, and even dramatic ones, like an adolescent’s voice breaking.”
Sales of licenses will commence immediately after the initial commercial rollout in July 2007. CellMax Systems and PCS plan to launch the system first in the U.S., followed by Latin America and Asia.
Financial details of the deal were not disclosed.
About CellMax Systems
CellMax Systems (cellmax-systems.com) is a pioneering Voice Biometrics company that specializes in highly accurate identification and verification of the human voice for access control. The company’s VioMetrics product suite includes a range of ID management and security applications for the telecommunications industry and financial markets, as well as surveillance solutions for intelligence agencies. More than a password replacement tool, CellMax Systems’ technology, which is patented in the US, enables cost-effective fraud prevention and thwarts identity theft, while offering smooth system integration and low-cost implementation. CellMax Systems has a growing client base of global system integrators, telecoms, commercial enterprises, banks, call centers and government agencies. Founded in 2003, CellMax Systems’ headquarters and R&D facilities are located in Tel Aviv, Israel.
About PCS Revenue Control Systems
PCS Revenue Control Systems (pcsrcs.com) is the leader in POS systems. Since 1984, designs, manufactures and markets computerized food management systems for school meal programs. More than 8,000 school systems with over 30,000 Point of Sale have been installed in over 800 small, medium, large, and major city school districts throughout the United States. PCS POS's are considered the best in the industry. PCS’s solutions also extend to address all the needs of School Food Service. Solutions include Inventory Management, Food Production and Menu Planning, Labor and Personnel Management Lunch Prepay and more. PCS provides complete marketing, installation, training, and support services from its offices in Englewood Cliffs, NJ, and through resellers in several states.