Intel introduces face-recognition tech into RealSense

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Intel announced on Wednesday that it is adding face-recognition hardware and software that retail stores can use to enable payments and dictate access to restricted areas. The tech was introduced in 2014, in Intel’s RealSense 3D cameras.

Combining depth and tracking technology, drones, robots, and other machines can scan their environments and navigate using ‘sight’ instead of GPS.

Intel said that the new RealSense ID system will make the underlying RealSense camera technology suitable for use in securing access to areas and in retail processes. The combination of the active depth sensor and tracking, combined with a neural network, enables the technology to function.

The applications are numerous

The use of machine learning and neural networks make it easy for the application of RealSense in things like point-of-sale systems, kiosks, and ATMs. The facial recognition capability of the technology can also be applied for smart doors that can let the right people in and keep people without access out.

The advantage of a system like this is that it is privacy driven and build purposely to be used in protecting the users of it. Intel said that all the data processed by the installation of such systems would be stored locally where only the users have access.

On top of that, it would be encrypted.

Advanced protections

RealSense ID has anti-spoofing technology that will make sure that any attempts to get past the camera using a photo, videos, or masks, are not successful.

Intel says that the system has a one in a million false acceptance rate. This is very similar to what Apple claims to be the odds of someone opening an iPhone using Face ID.

The solution only activates through user awareness and will not authenticate unless the pre-registered user prompts it. As with any technology, Intel says it wants to ensure human rights protection.