piXserve-W: Key Features

Automatic Indexing

Point piXserve to a repository of images and video files to automatically index their contents.  No manual intervention or data entry required. piXserve “sees” what is in the image and automatically creates records that describe the discernible objects in the image, whether they are automatically recognized (auto-tagged) or not. Whatever is in the image is automatically indexed. This includes faces and text strings in a variety of languages. 

When piXserve detects/recognizes a particular object class, a searchable keyword (a "tag") is automatically added to the set of records that describe the item in that image.  The list of automatically recognized objects is in the thousands, and it continues to grow.   Even if the item is not recognized, users can still search for it based on visual similarity criteria.  If the image contains embedded information (EXIF or IPTC records), that information is also captured and can be searched.

piXserve can process over 90 image formats and most standard video formats.


Powerful Search

Through a web browser interface, users login to piXserve, connect to available databases and formulate search queries to retrieve images and specific segments of video files:

  1. Use an arbitrary image from user’s dektop to search for images that contain the same or similar items
  2. Drag and drop a picture of a person, and search for images/video segments where that speficic individual is also present
  3. Use the mouse to point to an area of the query image to indicate which specific item(s) or face(s) should be searched for
  4. Browse the contents of existing databases, and use any of those images to formulate a visual search query
  5. Search images by automatically generated keywords
  6. Type a text string to search pictures where that string appears in the field of view (a license plate, a street name, text on a t-shirt, scrolling text on a TV broadcast, etc.)
  7. Perform not only simple but also complex searches (Example: type a text string to retrieve a picture where a restaurant name is visible on the screen, and use a picture of a person to search for instances where both are in the same picture. Use AND, OR, and NOT operators to combine up to 6 criteria in a single query
  8. Search by file name (any text sub-string that appears in the full path of the image/video file)
  9. Search by GPS or other external metadata, if available
  10. Use piXserve-suggested keywords to describe the contents of a picture


Comprehensive Search Environment

Users can prune and save search results for future reference. Links to search results can be saved as XML and exported for ingest by other applications.  Users can interact with the software to improve searches, assign names to recognized individuals, provide examples of specific named objects to keep track of, and many more features designed to help the speed and productivity of their work.