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New Plug-in Leverages Powerful Image Recognition Technology from Google

By Christopher Mohr
April 04, 2016

Nuxeo announced recently that it had added a new integration with Google’s Cloud Vision API. Known as the Nuxeo Vision plugin, the new integration leverages several powerful image-detection capabilities.

Brooklyn, NY-based Nuxeo provides document, knowledge, content, and digital asset management solutions. One of its recent success stories involved Jeppesen, a subsidiary of Boeing, well-known for the pilot guides and navigational charts it supplied for many years.

Jeppesen attempted to develop a solution in house to computerize the guides and charts, but lacked the expertise to make it work effectively. After discovering that Nuxeo had already developed a solution like the one it sought to develop itself, Jeppesen went with Nuxeo to develop a content management solution.

This allowed pilots to dispense with bulky flight bags full of paper-based charts and use their iPads to get the information from a server instead. As airport information changes, updates are handled at the server. There is no need to order updated pages for paper guides.

With the Vision plugin, Nuxeo is able to take advantage of technology built by Google that can examine photos and recognize faces, text, objects, and even well-known landmarks. It would also be able to detect inappropriate content, a useful feature for age-restricted and work environments.

A short video provides a simple example of how the Vision plugin would be used. In it, a user selects a few image files from a list of images; one of them is a picture of a private business jet. The plugin is then able to analyze the photo and automatically produce tags like ‘aircraft’, ‘gulfstreamv’, ‘airliner’, ‘vehicle’ and ‘modeoftransport’.

Anyone who has managed a website, blog, or any kind of online curation can immediately appreciate how powerful this plugin is. With little or no human input, it was able to generate some useful tags that would take a person much longer to come up with manually.

This example is only a small portion of how Google’s Cloud Vision technology can be used. Law enforcement, content filtering, big data, and image searching are other applications that would make good use of the technology. This is great news for those who want to build powerful content management solutions; not so much for criminals posting selfies on Facebook.

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Edited by Rory J. Thompson

Contributing Writer

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