Intel RealSense ID – face recognition based on neural networks


Intel has expanded its RealSense series of camera technologies to include a product for face recognition. RealSense ID should be a simple but secure solution for authentication. Intel sees the purpose of RealSense ID in sensitive areas such as access controls in the financial sector or healthcare.

According to the company, RealSense ID combines a 3D depth sensor with a special neural network for safe and accurate face recognition. Intel speaks of an error rate of one in a million detections. In addition, the system should not fall for attempts at deception with photos, videos or masks. In addition, it should be adaptable when faces change due to beard growth or glasses.

Millions of iPhone users use FaceID to unlock their smartphones every day, but such systems are controversial in law enforcement. Face recognition is said to be less able to process dark skin tones, so that there is more likely to be confusion. This led to headwinds for providers of facial recognition systems, especially in connection with the racial protests in the USA.

As Technology Review reports, IBM announced in early June that it had stopped selling all facial recognition products. Amazon and Microsoft joined in by suspending their contracts with law enforcement agencies.

Intel, on the other hand, promises a trustworthy solution because RealSense ID processes all images locally and encrypts all user data. Nevertheless, RealSense ID has access to a large database that was created on the basis of all ethnicities from Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa. According to VentureBeat, Intel has invested a lot of money and time, and this is to make RealSense ID unique.

However, Intel does not reveal how large the database is and how the images and test persons were selected. Intel RealSense ID should be available in the first quarter of this year at prices starting at $ 99.


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