Intel releases standalone RealSense ID module for facial recognition

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Intel has released new RealSense hardware with facial recognition in it. It is a separate module containing depth and infrared sensors and a secure element, which users can use for biometric authentication.

According to Intel, the RealSense ID is intended to authenticate users at, for example, ATMs or with smart locks. This seems particularly interesting for an enterprise environment where access authentication is required. RealSense ID falls within the company’s RealSense line, which consists of a combination of software and hardware. That hardware includes depth and infrared sensors in cameras to recognize a user.

RealSense ID F455 is a standalone device that includes its own camera that enables facial recognition. The module has a size of 32.5x62x11mm and has a field-of-view of 56×78 degrees. It can be connected to Windows PCs with USB-C and support for Linux and Android will follow later. Intel says nothing about macOS support. The device costs $99.

The device can be integrated in, for example, ATMs or in places where facial recognition is interesting. An SDK is available that allows users to write their own applications, but the module is also ready to use. Intel says RealSense ID has a spoof acceptance rate of 0.1 percent and a false positive rate of one in a million.

There are two chips on the module. One is a standard soc that processes data on the device, but it also contains a secure element, a separate chip that is separate from the regular soc on which cryptographic processes are performed. According to Intel, the data is encrypted with AES-256 encryption. The facial recognition calculation is also performed on the device itself.

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