Intel Launches RealSense ID, Facial Recognition As Secure As Face ID

Intel presents this Thursday, January 7 the RealSense iD, a new facial recognition device whose main strength is its very low identification failure rate: 1 error in 1 million attempts. The company wants to incorporate this technology into various equipment, such as cash dispensers for example.

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Although AMD has overtaken Intel in the desktop PC market, the company does not admit defeat and continues to innovate. And precisely, on this Thursday, January 7, 2021, the blue team is launching the RealSense iD, a facial recognition module that could well compete with Apple and its Face iD.

Launched from the first quarter of 2021 for $ 99, Intel intends to offer this technology to professionals and public administrations. Indeed, this module, the size of a small box, can slip into a variety of equipment and can therefore be used to secure points of sale, ATMs, warehouse entrances, etc. Ultimately, Intel wants to extend the scope of RealSense iD to medical and finance.

An intelligent, secure and reliable module

But what are the main qualities of RealSense iD? To sum up, the module is intended to be intelligent, secure and extremely reliable. Thus and according to the manufacturer’s statements, the depth sensors and the various on-board imaging modules are able to identify a user at each attempt, even if some physical characteristics have changed : haircut, beard, wearing glasses or masks, etc.

It should be noted that this is a feature that can be found on Face ID, Apple’s system adapting “automatically to changes in your appearance, such as makeup or facial hair ”.

In addition, facial recognition would work in any lighting condition, and would not be compromised by the color of the skin for example. As explained by our colleagues from the Ventura Beat site, numerous studies carried out in particular by IBM have shown that facial recognition algorithms are often biased.

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Recognition based on facial contours

Indeed, to train this software, we often use image banks made up of white men. According to IBM, 81% of the photos that make up the three largest image banks are snapshots of white people. To avoid repeating the same errors, Intel has made sure to base the facial recognition of RealSense iD on the contours and peculiarities of the face (scars, pimples, roughness, etc.).

We have carried out extensive data collections regarding the facial peculiarities of different ethnic groups in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. We have taken care that all the peculiarities and recurring elements of morphologies have been taken into account and integrated into our process of creating algorithms ”, exposes in the columns of Ventura Beat Joel Hagberg, Director of Product Management and Marketing at Intel.

As for the security aspect, RealSense iD embeds antispoofing technology which protects the device against false identification attempts, using a photo, video or mask, for example. According to the founder, his technology displays a margin of error of 1 in a million attempts. At Apple, the margin of error is also one in a million.

Finally, Intel ensures that the database of faces captured by RealSense iD is stored in the device, and not on servers owned by a third party. In addition, all data is encrypted. As a reminder, the data collected by Face iD is also recorded locally, in a secure enclave of the A11 Bionic chip.

Source: Ventura Beat

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