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Proposal Number: HSHQDC-15-R-00017-H-SB015.1-004-0006-II
Proposal Title: Privacy Protecting Conversation Recorder
Topic Number: H-SB015.1-004
Phase: Phase II
Topic Title: Privacy Protecting Analytics for the Internet of Things
Organization: Mod9 Technologies
Address: 1947 Center Street
Suite 600
BERKELEY, CA 94704-1159  
Abstract: The purpose of this Phase II SBIR project is to improve technical capabilities and develop commercial products that record spoken conversations in a privacy-protecting manner. The primary aim is to support the homeland security mission with solutions that enable more effective law enforcement while simultaneously protecting the privacy and civil liberties of individuals. A secondary aim is to pursue commercialization in the private sector, specifically in the context of Remeeting: a voice recorder that enables searchable conversations, to improve the effectiveness of recalling and sharing information from interviews and meetings. The proposed work builds upon Phase I results exploring audio signal representations that retain only speaker identity or message content, such that enabling automatic speaker identification or speech recognition is mutually exclusive. This capability is useful, for example, because it can minimize an individual's exposure to potential loss of privacy by protecting either their identity or the communicated message. Phase II will further apply automatic keyword spotting and automatic speaker identification to diverse use cases within the homeland security mission, such as audio from body-worn cameras and facilitating compliance with statutory requirements for electronic surveillance. Such capabilities could be used to trigger audio recording only upon detecting a configurable set of relevant words or speakers, with adjustable sensitivity controls. Additional applications include smart meeting room microphones that can be configured to record in certain contexts, as well as ad-hoc microphone arrays using nearby mobile devices.
Award/Contract Number: HSHQDC-16-C-00039
Period of Performance: 03/14/2016 - 06/24/2018
Award/Contract Value: $1,009,962.80
Award/Obligated Amount: $1,009,962.80