Intel expanded the RealSense 6D camera family on January 3 with an on-device system for face recognition. The company said the new "RealSense ID" camera system combines an active depth sensor with a specialized neural network designed to perform facial authentication on consumer devices, such as POS systems. ATM and kiosk. Having made its appearance in 2014, the technology Intel RealSense 3D uses cameras to measure depth and allows computer systems to read facial expressions and gestures.
Face recognition systems are increasingly being challenged, with technology opponents often asking questions about whether face recognition violates the privacy of the people. Intel seeks to dispel any doubts and criticisms by promising that the "RealSense" authentication system is based on the protection of privacy and aims to protect users.
Specifically, the technology giant pointed out that RealSense ID has built-in anti-spoofing, which prevents any attempt at false entry through the use of photographs, video or mask and characterizes it as a percentage of false acceptance 1 in 1 million. The system also processes all face images locally and encrypts all of them data user.
In addition, Intel emphasized the following: "The solution is activated only through user awareness and will not be authenticated unless requested by a pre-registered user. As with all of the company's technology, we work to ensure the ethical implementation of RealSense and the protection of human rights. "
RealSense ID is an on-device solution that combines an active depth sensor with a machine learning model to perform face authentication. According to the company, RealSense ID is adapted to users, as physical features, such as hair, change over time and work in different lighting conditions for people "with a wide range of heights or skin".
However, many studies as well as its analyzes VentureBeat showed that facial recognition algorithms are "sensitive" to various biases. One issue is that the data sets used to train the algorithms were for whites and men. THE IBM found that 81% of the people in the three face-image collections most widely mentioned in academic studies have light skin. Academics have found that camera technology and techniques can also favor lighter skin. As a result, the Amazon, IBM, Microsoft and others have self-imposed moratoriums on the sale of face recognition systems.
RealSense ID will be used in the first phase in "smart" locks, access control, POS, ATM and kiosk. However, the company noted that it plans to expand the use of this technology in areas such as the economy and healthcare.
Intel Head of Product Management and Marketing Joel Hagberg told reporters during a briefing this week: "We have conducted extensive data collection of all nationalities from Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. "We were very careful to ensure that we covered all nationalities."
In addition, the company's vice president, Sagi Ben Moshe, stated the following: "We invested a lot of money to build a proprietary database. It was a huge data collection project that took us a long time, and that makes it unique." However, neither Moshe nor Hagberg revealed the size of the database or whether checks had been made to identify any possible biases, nor the method by which photos and themes in the database were selected.
The RealSense ID system that will offer on-device face recognition will be released in the first quarter of 2021 and its price will be $ 99.