Intel Launches RealSense ID Camera System For Facial Recognition

Intel RealSense ID has been introduced as a facial recognition system that will let users unlock things with a glance. Intel RealSense ID combines an active depth sensor with a specialized neural network that the company says is designed to deliver secure, accurate, and user-aware facial authentication. The Face ID-like system works with smart locks, ATMs, gate access control, and more. Intel RealSense ID will be available at the end of Q1 2021 and can be shipped to most countries.

Intel RealSense ID price, availability
Intel RealSense ID F455 Peripheral is priced at $99. Intel RealSense ID F450 Module, on the other hand, is available in a 10-pack and is priced at $750. Intel RealSense ID can be pre-ordered right now but will be shipped in the first week of March. The credit-card sized product can be shipped to most countries as per the official website.

Just like Face ID, RealSense ID is based on two camera lenses and special sensors that can capture depth. Combined with an advanced neural network, it can detect and distinguish a person’s face, which makes it useful as an authentication method for smart devices.

According to Intel, the setup process is easy and it also relies on a security chip that stores and encrypts user data, just like the Secure Enclave does on iPhone and iPad.

With an easy enrollment process and no network setup needed, Intel RealSense ID brings a highly accurate, natural solution that simplifies secure entry. Using only a glance, users are able to quickly unlock what’s important to them. Intel RealSense ID combines active depth with a specialized neural network, a dedicated system-on-chip and embedded secure element to encrypt and process user data quickly and safely.

Intel RealSense ID features
Intel RealSense ID uses two camera lenses and sensors that can capture depth. As per Intel, traditional authentication methods tend to leave users vulnerable to ID theft and security breaches, which is why companies and individuals are turning to face-authentication technology. Intel RealSense ID has inbuilt anti-spoofing technology to protect against false entry attempts using photographs, videos, or masks, as per the company. It claims to provide a one-in-a-million false acceptance rate.

The Face ID-like technology adapts to users over time as they change physical features, such as facial hair and glasses, as per Intel.

According to Intel, RealSense ID has an easy enrolment process and doesn’t require any network setup. Intel stresses on privacy and says that the solution is only activated through user awareness and will not authenticate unless prompted by a pre-registered user. The company claims that the solution is privacy driven and that the ID processes all facial images locally and encrypts all data.

The company says RealSense ID can be integrated with smart locks, access control, point-of-sale systems, ATMs, kiosks, and many other devices. Intel has built its technology with an anti-spoofing system that works against attempts to unlock the device with images, videos, or masks. The probability of someone tricking Intel’s facial recognition system is one in a million — the same number Apple says about the Face ID accuracy.

Since Face ID was introduced with the iPhone X in 2017, we haven’t seen many competitors including a similar technology in their products — perhaps because Face ID sensors are expensive and they require considerable internal space available (which is why the iPhone still has notch). Although other smartphones, tablets, and computers offer facial recognition, they often work based on simply identifying the user’s face in a 2D image.

It will be interesting to see if Intel’s RealSense ID will bring a Face ID-level facial recognition system to other devices. Meanwhile, rumors suggest that Apple will add Touch ID back on future iPhones as some users seem to prefer the traditional biometrics method.

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