Intel has reportedly launched RealSense ID, an on-device solution integrating an active depth sensor with a machine learning model for performing facial recognition. This roll-out represents the company’s latest addition to the RealSense product lineup, which comprises of tracking and depth technologies developed for giving depth perception capacities to machines.
As expressed by Intel, RealSense ID will be initially utilized for ATMs, smart locks, kiosks, access control, and point-of-sale applications. The additional expansion of the solution will be eventually planned into subcategories such as health care, finance, and smart access control.
As per a statement by Joel Hagberg, Intel’s Head of Product Management and Marketing, Intel has collected extensive data of all ethnicities from Middle East Africa, Asia, and Europe. The company has been very careful in ensuring that it has covered all ethnicities, added Hagberg.
According to reliable sources, academics have found that photographic techniques and technology can favor lighter skin, comprising everything from low-contrast digital cameras to sepia-tinged film. Several studies also depict that facial recognition algorithms show susceptibility to numerous biases.
This has apparently caused companies such as IBM, Amazon, and others to have self-imposed moratoriums on the scale of facial authentication systems. Furthermore, IBM has also discovered that nearly 81 per cent of the people in three face-image collections that are most extensively seen in academic studies have a lighter-colored skin.
Initiating a response against this criticism, Intel has defended that RealSense ID has an in-built anti-spoofing technology that provides protection against false entry attempts using masks, photographs, or videos. The company has also stated that the solution has a false acceptance rate of ‘one-in-1-million’ and initiates processes on a local level with the help of user awareness and by encrypting user data.
Expressing his opinion over the matter, Intel’s Corporate Vice President, Sagi Ben Moshe, stated that the company has invested a lot of capital in constructing a proprietary database. The CVP has further highlighted that this was an immense and unique data-capturing project that involved a lot of time.