Image and Video Filtering Solutions

Consumer Generated Media (CGM) are uploaded daily on the internet (web-sites, blogs, social network sites, peer-to-peer networks, etc.).  Some of the material is inappropriate or is copyright protected and owned by third parties.  A similar situation exists in corporate environments, where employees may be storing files in conflict with corporate policies.  These inappropriate image/video files constitute a potentially significant liability and may be in contravention of local government laws.

In recent years, the problem has escalated, because now anyone can self-publish via a cell phone. There are many reports in the news where not only young people but sometimes even public figures have been caught “sexting” inappropriate material.  For the most part, this traffic of data is “dark” and un-monitored (e.g. no analysis is done to determine whether the material is inappropriate or whether it complies with local laws affecting minors, etc.).

It is difficult to know when and where these inappropriate materials are and by whom they are being uploaded/viewed/downloaded/shared.  This situation arises primarily due to the lack of searchable metadata (keywords, captions, descriptions, etc.) that could be used to flag inappropriate content. Even when such searchable metadata exists it is not reliable, as inappropriate material is often labeled with non-descriptive, benign, tags, to mask the true content.  Due to the lack of reliable computer-automated solutions most of this checking work is done essentially manually today. Unfortunately, this has become very difficult for most organizations due to the sheer quantity of material that would have to be checked.  Further compounding the problem is that the definition of what is “inappropriate” differs from country to country, and what may be illegal in one place is legal or tolerated in another.

piXlogic has developed software that can recognize the contents of pictures and videos, and can flag images and video segments that contain specific types of content. This metadata is created automatically by the piXserve software. Images and video files can be examined and filtered accordingly. The software can be used to monitor/filter the content of web-sites, material uploaded/downloaded from web sites, material transmitted through broadband carriers (cell phone networks and Internet Service Providers). Pictures and videos stored on corporate/government networks can also be scanned and filtered.

piXserve can help CGM sites, corporations, and governments enforce policies and rules that limit the uploading, downloading, viewing, or transmitting of material according to those rules.

For additional information, please consult this document:  Filtering Inappropriate Images and Videos — a piXlogic White Paper.

Please contact us to discuss your requirements and how piXserve products can help your organization.

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