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FileShadow enhances identification and search for individuals, objects and landmarks in photos with Person Detection and Custom Object Identification

Provo, UT—FileShadow™ today announced the launch of Person Detection and Custom Object Identification in images. This feature enhances users’ ability to identify people in photographs, making them searchable when organizing photos around an individual.

The Person Detection feature leverages advanced technology so users can tag faces in photographs. With this feature, users select a photo in FileShadow and click “Detect Faces.” The app then identifies faces with a red outline box. Users can click on one of the faces and assign a name/title to that face. The system will add that name/title as a tag for future searches and tagging.

“FileShadow extends AI-based object identification,” said Tyrone Pike, FileShadow’s president and CEO. “FileShadow now can identify and name people in photographs. Of course, everything is searchable, so finding people later will be easy. FileShadow also provides a way to create custom regions so objects in a photograph like horses, dogs or buildings can be named.”

Identifying people can help document a person in multiple photos, making it easy to find them later. The feature is especially helpful for creating collections of a person, such as 20 photos of grandma at her old house or pictures of a particular ancestor. It can also help photographers organize images of a photo shoot, group images associated with an event, and label names of buildings or animals. While the system can identify faces like portrait face identification in a camera, it does not perform facial recognition and search for photos of that face. Faces need to be tagged to create future searches, and for security reasons, face tags are available only for the account owner.

With FileShadow, users can post content through the FileShadow Website Collection Manager. Website Collections can be shared with anyone, regardless of where they are located or using FileShadow. Anyone inside or outside the FileShadow system can contribute files to Website Collections.

“FileShadow is also changing the way metadata is shared with other applications,” Pike said. “We recognize that historians, photographers and service professionals use several applications to get and stay organized. When they identify a person, add a description, or set a geolocation, that information is written to the file when downloaded and available for other applications.”

Over the past year, FileShadow has participated in the Family History Metadata Working Group (FHMWG), a cooperative effort among software companies, nonprofits and experts to enable the consistent capturing, sharing, interoperability and preservation of family history metadata in digital media. Together, the group has created the site to document its efforts toward defining the minimum metadata required for family history purposes.

About FileShadow
The FileShadow service aggregates files from cloud storage accounts (Adobe Creative Cloud, Adobe’s Lightroom solutions, Box, Dropbox, Google Drive, iCloud, OneDrive and Slack); email (Microsoft Exchange, Office 365, Gmail, iCloud Mail, Yahoo! Mail and IMAP servers); local storage (macOS and Windows Desktops); mobile devices (iOS and Android); and network and direct-attached storage (NAS/DAS) devices.

Using machine learning, FileShadow provides superior indexing and searching capabilities. With FileShadow, users can quickly find any file with advanced search features such as file content, OCR of PDFs, and GPS location and image searches. FileShadow is hosted on Google Cloud with storage provided by Wasabi’s Hot Cloud Storage, providing “11 nines” of durability for optimal file protection.

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