Intel announced a new facial recognition system on Thursday that promises FaceID-like biometric access to ATMs, smart locks, and more. The Santa Clara, California-based chipset giant said its new RealSense ID camera system combines an active depth sensor with a special neural network that provides secure, accurate, and user-aware facial authentication. The RealSense ID system starts at $ 99 and will be available in the first quarter of 2021.
The idea behind the RealSense ID camera system is simple. Due to the pandemic, there is a higher risk of coronavirus infection when a consumer hits an ATM. Additionally, Intel believes that its RealSense 3D camera is finally enabling facial authentication on customer-facing devices like point-of-sale systems and ATMs that have been neglected for years.
Similar to FaceID on iPhones and iPads from Apple, RealSense ID uses two camera lenses and special sensors that can detect the depth. In combination with a special neural network and a dedicated system-on-chip, it can recognize and differentiate a person’s face.
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According to Intel, the system can adapt to the changing appearance of users over time. The solution also works under different lighting conditions for people of different heights or skin colors.
The company said its RealSense ID has built-in anti-spoofing technology that should block any attempt at incorrect entry through the use of photos, videos, or masks. RealSense ID has a one-to-one-million rate of false acceptance.
“The solution is also only consciously activated and only authenticated if initiated by a pre-registered user,” said Intel. “As with all Intel technologies, we work to ensure the ethical application of RealSense and the protection of human rights.”
Intel faced tough competition from Apple and AMD in the chip business. The company first introduced its RealSense 3D camera technology in 2014.