Intel RealSense ID Comes With Facial Recognition Technology

Intel RealSense ID

Intel introduced RealSense ID, A facial recognition system that uses companies RealSense 3D cameras depth-sensing technology. It was designed with privacy as a top priority. This facial recognition can be used for smart locks, Point-of-sale, and ATM Security.

This Intel RealSense ID combines an active depth sense technology with a specialized neural network. Designed to perform an accurate facial authentication process. Intel RealSense 3D cameras can measure depth and enable computing systems. Which can read and identify facial movements and gestures. It is a system on chip and a secure element that encrypts as well as processes user data.

Previously Other company facial recognition systems raised many controversies and privacy concerns. Intel ensures its users that RealSense ID comes with built-in anti-spoofing technology. As a result blocking any attempt of false entry through the use of masks and photographs of users.

Here are some interesting details that you need to know

Intel RealSense ID, How it works:

The device comes with 6 Essential parts. Those are 2 Cameras, Projector, Illuminator, SOC, and Secure Element. Intel RealSense ID brings a high accurate natural solution that simplifies secure entry. Just by your glance, you can able to unlock whatever you mount this device on.

Also, the system can work for all lighting conditions. And also for people of different heights and aspects. The device can also adapt to users as they change their physical features over time. Including added physical hairs, facemasks, and glasses.

The Intel RealSense ID comes with a simple enrollment process and there is no need for network setup. Gizmodo wrote “the tech is available on a module. That you can mount on other products or used as an extra peripheral that can be plugged into the computer”

Advantages of Intel RealSense ID

Intel says that this new application RealSense ID can be used, where there is a need for security and privacy. Settings like Smarlocks, ATM’s, and Registers. The company didn’t mention about other usages like government and law enforcement.

Intel RealSense IDs, tested for different people’s skin types and different nationalities of every continent. They shouldn’t be given any false positives or negatives. However, we will know how accurate these devices will work from privacy advocates. Once they get launched.

In the demo conducted by the company for journalists. That Intel showed that RealSense ID perfectly identified the person. Regardless of what they are wearing on their face (glasses or facemasks) and their facial hair. At the same time, it rejected when the same person photocopy and videos were shown.

So, the device is a spoof-proof than other competing Face recognizing systems. It had a chance of false detection being one in a million.

Facial recognition tech before Intel RealSense ID

Last year Huawei worked on a similar project facial recognition system. For monitoring and tracking China’s Uighur minority. According to the report from video surveillance researchers at IPVM. The reports mainly highlight the “Uighur Alert” feature. Works as a facial recognition feature to identify the subject’s ethnicity. Thus, generating an alert if the subject meets China’s Uighur minority group.

Past summer in the US facial recognition was used by the new york police department. For tracking Black Lives Matter activists accused of assault. Similarly, Amazon also developed facial recognition software Rekognition. Used by the police department and ICE departments.

But it faced issues with bias in its algorithms. That resulted in having a harder time identifying people if they were dark-skinned.

Facial recognition systems met with many controversies from opponents about privacy concerns. Whereas, Intel responds to that criticism and ensures users that RealSense ID is a privacy driven system for user protection”.

Intel RealSense ID processes every facial image locally and encrypts every user data. The data is the only activation by the user’s awareness. And it will not authenticate unless proposed by the pre-registered user. Along with that, The company further ensures that all Intel technology working towards ensuring the ethical application of RealSense ID and the protection of human rights.

Other than Facial recognition Intel is working on Another type of RealSense project.

Intel has further plans for RealSense than Facial recognition. Such as it announced this year RealSense Touchless Control Software (TCS). Which uses a RealSense depth camera for detecting motions of the finger of the user. Thus the user can interact with the screen just by hovering his/her finger over it. Without touching the screen.

This technology is a cost-effective solution. Which can easily transform touch-based screens with non-touch screens for safer interactions. Without needing the user to replace existing core software or display of the systems. While maintaining and enhancing a familiar user experience.

We can implement this technology without writing a single line of code. And also without changing existing user interfaces. Intel RealSense ID peripheral is already available for pre-order now at $99. Intel is planning for shipping in March.


Intel RealSense ID is a facial recognition system that uses companies’ depth-sensing technology. And it ensures privacy and comes with built-in anti-spoofing technology. Along with that, it adapts to users’ physical changes over time.