Intel develops breakthrough facial recognition technology using in-depth sensors

Intel develops breakthrough facial recognition technology using in-depth sensors
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The solution adapts to users over time even as they change physical features, such as facial hair and glasses, and in different lighting conditions.

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Intel has launched RealSense ID, a facial recognition solution that combines an active depth sensor using a neural network that is designed to work with smart locks, access control, point-of-sale devices, ATMs and kiosks, among others.  

The solution is built on Intel’s depth-sensing technology, a dedicated system-on-a-chip, with an embedded secure element to encrypt and process user data quickly and safely, and is claimed to bring a highly accurate and natural solution that simplifies entry. 

In a blog post, Intel said that it has built in anti-spoof technology to protect against false entry attempts using photographs, videos and masks, making the solution valuable for industries such as financesecurity and healthcare. 

Privacy-driven, RealSense ID processes all facial images locally and encrypts all user data stored. The solution is only activated through user awareness and will not authenticate unless prompted by the pre-registered user. 

To ensure continued ease of use, RealSense ID adapts to users over time as they change physical features, such as facial hair and glasses. The solution also works in various lighting conditions for users with a wide range of heights and complexions. 

The launch of the facial recognition solution comes amidst privacy concerns and a backlash against technology solutions that have been used for surveillance. Last December, surveillance publication IPVM claimed Alibaba’s cloud software was purportedly used to identify the faces of Uighurs and ethnic minorities, with many already placed in internment camps. 

"As with all Intel technology, we are working to ensure the ethical application of RealSense and the protection of human rights," said Intel in the post. 

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