MEMS and Sensors

CES 2021: Intel to introduce portable facial recognition device

06 January 2021
Intel RealSense ID can quickly scan facial features for security and identification needs without any contact. Source: Intel

At CES 2021, Intel is expected to debut its new RealSense ID device that uses an active depth sensor with a neural network to deliver secure, accurate and user aware facial authentication.

Intel said the portable device can be used in finance, healthcare and as smart access control for smart locks, access control, point-of-sale, ATMs, kiosks and more applications.

The RealSense ID features a dedicated system-on-chip, neural network and embedded secure element. Source: IntelThe RealSense ID features a dedicated system-on-chip, neural network and embedded secure element. Source: IntelThe RealSense ID uses a dedicated system-on-chip and embedded secure element to encrypt and process user data. With a glance, users can unlock important financial information or devices quickly.

The device also adapts to users over time as they change physical appearance, such as growing a beard or using glasses. It will also work in various lighting conditions and with a range of heights and complexions.

Intel said the device also comes equipped with built-in anti-spoofing technology to protect against false entry or attempts to use photographs, videos or masks.

Biometrics has become an important aspect of daily life. Consumers use fingerprints or facial recognition to access internet connected devices while airports use biometrics to verify passenger identity and law enforcement use it to identify criminals. But with the outbreak of COVID-19, certain biometric technologies — such as fingerprints — are no longer viable, creating a demand for facial recognition devices.

CES 2021 is all-digital this year and takes place Jan. 11 through Jan. 14.

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