Alcatraz AI brings designed-in privacy with facial biometrics

Cupertino, Ca (USA)

In the age of advanced technology and increasing privacy concerns, Alcatraz AI has introduced a groundbreaking solution to the market that enhances security and prioritises user privacy – the Rock. Unlike various other facial biometric systems, this innovative facial biometrics device challenges conventional norms, particularly by not including a screen. Here, Alcatraz experts delve into why not storing or displaying PII on the Rock was an intentional design decision, and why it sets the device apart the rest.

One of the primary reasons the Alcatraz Rock doesn't display user names or real-time video is to address privacy concerns. Displaying a user's name is problematic because capturing a person's name or any other superfluous PII is not the best practice. The Rock provides simple intuitive feedback to the user without requiring real-time video or any other information.

In a world where data breaches and privacy violations are becoming increasingly common, Alcatraz AI's approach is intentionally offered as a demonstration of a commitment to safeguarding user information.

Aesthetics and form factor

The Rock has a small, graphical OLED display that provides user feedback, contributing to its sleek and unobtrusive design. Many facial biometric devices with larger screens can appear bulky or out of place in various settings. Additionally, the Rock only activates the OLED when the user requires feedback. This allows the Rock to conserve power and extend the life of the display.

This unobtrusive form factor ensures that the Rock can be installed in various environments, from office spaces to public facilities, without compromising the visual appeal of the surroundings. The device's discreet presence aligns perfectly with modern architectural preferences, simultaneously enhancing security and aesthetics.

Enhanced user experience

Traditional facial recognition systems often require users to stop and line up with a screen to enable a successful read. This can be inconvenient and time-consuming, especially in high-traffic areas. The Alcatraz Rock, however, employs advanced computer vision technology that detects and recognises faces at walking speed, without pausing or aligning with a screen. This speeds up the authentication process and improves the overall user experience.

User-friendly approach

Lastly, screens on facial biometric devices can give users the feeling that they are being monitored. The Rock's design takes a more user-friendly approach, ensuring that individuals are not confronted with their images repeatedly, preserving their sense of privacy and comfort.

In conclusion, Alcatraz AI Rock sets a new standard in the world of facial biometrics by not displaying real-time video or PII like a person's name. This decision is rooted in a deep commitment to user privacy, aesthetics, accessibility, and a better overall user experience. By addressing these concerns and implementing innovative technology, according to Alcatraz AI, the Rock is revolutionising how we think about facial authentication, making it a more secure and user-friendly solution for various environments. As we navigate the ever-evolving landscape of privacy and security, the Rock is an example of innovation with a conscience.


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