Image, Video Recognition and Search With Fotegrafik Labs
February 7, 2010 by Gwendolyn Regina T
Born originally as an image bank where photographers and other image producers can monetize their content, Fotegrafik Pte Ltd saw a need in the market for increased simplicity in indexing, managing and searching through large libraries of digital assets (photos and videos). To address that need, they have developed image and video retrieval and search technologies with leading scientists at Israeli company, RTC Vision.
Fotegrafik’s Technologies And Their APIs
There are various methods to image recognition: metadata tags, digital watermarks, image fingerprinting…Fotegrafik uses a mixture of image fingerprinting and keyword tags to enable you to search pictures and videos. Each technology on its own is not the most efficient from a user browsing point of view, so combining them into a platform possibly enables faster and perhaps more accurate searches.
While such image search and recognition technologies usually remain proprietary to companies that developed it, Fotegrafik is offering some of its technologies to developers via APIs as Platform-as-a-Service / Software-as-a-Service models, enabling others to build their businesses on its platform.
So if you are trying to find copies of the photos you took online, or perhaps you want to enable customers to search through your inventory of t-shirts using colours and patterns similar to their favourites, you can do that.
Video analytics & searching in Fotegrafik Prophecy.
Or you can also utilize Fotegrafik Prophecy, whereby you can search through videos. Prophecy also uses the image recognition technology so that you minimize your time spent analyzing videos frame by frame as it does it for you.
This video search technology is especially applicable in the surveillance and security industries.
The company, Fotegrafik Pte Ltd was established in 2007 and that was also when the original business – the image bank of stock photos, Fotegrafik.com was launched. Later on, Fotegrafik-Labs.com was created to showcase the image recognition and search technologies to serve primarily businesses and organizations.
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About The Author
Gwendolyn Regina T - Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief
Gwen is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of SGE. Previously, she was a partner of early stage technology investment firm, Thymos Capital and she has had two exits, one of which is iHipo. She is also an investor in Padlet, a Y-Combinator startup. Gwen also sits on the Board of Advisors for the Singapore Innovation & Productivity Institute, Steering Commmittee for the Singapore Infocomm Technology Federation Awards 2013, and Board of Advisors for Social Media Week 2013. A frequent public speaker, mentor and judge at various startup bootcamps, events and competitions, Gwen loves meeting founders, developers, designers and scientists across all ages. An alumnus of the National University of Singapore and its University Scholars Programme, Gwen also spent some time in Silicon Valley and is a graduate of the NUS-Stanford University overseas college programme. She is also a mentor at Polish tech startup incubator Gamma Rebels, the Singapore curator for US-headquartered StartupDigest and the Singapore Ambassador for the Sandbox Network - the leading global network of innovators under 30. Gwen has also been a Worldwide Judge for Imagine Cup - the premier student technology competition helmed by Microsoft. She has also spoken in Hong Kong at one of its largest youth conferences, MaD Asia, and was recently in Austria to help envision the future of the country's economy in 2032 on invitation from an Austrian governmental organization. Gwen speaks 3.25 languages, loves physics, travelling, dance and adventure sports. She can be found on LinkedIn and Twitter.Read other posts by Gwendolyn Regina T