"Other major technology companies that have been investing in facial recognition in recent years and hold related technology patents include Microsoft, Google, Apple and Facebook," TrendForce's Lin wrote.
Lin also noted that current mainstream facial recognition systems, which record and match 2D images of individuals' facial features (i.e. eyes, nose, mouth and ears), can still be deceived by regular photos and videos. With that in mind, developers are now advancing toward 3D facial recognition.
One major type of 3D facial recognition technology verifies both the image that a face produces under visible light and the depth of facial features with the help of infrared (IR) light. Another common 3D facial recognition technology uses IR light dots to measure and verify the distances and depths of facial features, Lin said.
A prominent example of 3D facial recognition technology is the RealSense Camera, a 3D scanning product jointly developed by Intel and Microsoft.
RealSense Camera is designed to work with Microsoft's biometric authentication software called Windows Hello and uses IR laser to capture facial features for record keeping and verification.
Since more efficient processors will be needed to manage 3D models stored in the databases of facial recognition systems, Lin said Intel stands to benefit greatly from developing and promoting products for this application.
"Biometric identification technology ... constitutes an opportunity for Intel to turn things around as the chip maker is being hard pressed by competition from ARM and Qualcomm," Lin said.
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