Intel is now offering RealSense technology to customers for facial recognition under the purview of RealSense ID. Complemented by LIDAR and Infrared sensors, the RealSense 3D cameras are currently the new game-changer in the industry, thanks to Amazon’s Reckognition fiasco. Customers will have access to faster facial recognition without technical glitches around racial components, light conditions, facial changes, or contact height.
Intel claims that RealSense ID has an unprecedented true-acceptance rate (recognizes you as you) of 99.7% with a chance of error in the 1000000 times. The spoofing rate (recognizes a recorded photo of you as you) stands at less than 1%. The timing reported per facial recognition is 1.5s (sensing a presence) + 0.8s (for facial authentication). You do not have to stand in a line for verification.
For privacy concerns, the captured images are stored on the device, and data is encrypted at all levels using the AES-256 scheme. The device uses an algorithm to give the photos an ID, and all further communication uses that designated ID without revealing any visual information. This is done by a neural network that sits at the base of its facial recognition.
Intel is currently offering two builds — Intel RealSense ID Solution F455 and F450. While the former is a ready-to-deploy model, the latter provides a custom solution for specialized use-cases. The company thinks the technology will be used at security checkpoints, ATMs, smart locks, kiosks, POS for verification purposes. The systematic details assure safety, but if we look at the scale of use-cases like airports, ATMs that run into millions, the accuracy level still becomes a challenge. A chance of false acceptance in 1,000,000 can cause security concerns.
The codebase behind the technology has been open-sourced long ago, ensuring no corporate or government backdoors entries. However, neural systems are prone to adversarial inputs. Hence, the adversarial security of these neural networks creates additional room for blunders.
The integration of Intel’s RealSense with Windows Hello remains an issue, so we will not be able to use the models with our laptops or desktops for authentication purposes. However, Intel is now trying hard to salvage its RealSense technology that was lying defunct until now.