This account is pending registration confirmation. Please click on the link within the confirmation email previously sent you to complete registration.
Need a new registration confirmation email? Click here
Stocks Under $10 with 50-100% upside potential - 14 days FREE!

CrowdOptic Photo Curation Solution Reveals Top Locations Photographed During Hurricane Sandy

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- CrowdOptic, a maker of crowd-driven mobile applications and the creator of the first focal clustering technology for smart phones, today announced it has completed an analysis of amateur photos posted on social media sites which has revealed some of the top locations photographed during the major storm Sandy.  

(Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20121206/SF25581)

CrowdOptic's Enterprise Photo Curation Engine analyzed a set of thousands of publicly shared, crowd-sourced photos gathered from social media sites containing Sandy-related hashtags; the analysis revealed instances in which multiple lines of sight by amateur photographers converged around specific locations, pinpointing these locations as the most frequently documented by witnesses of the storm. 

In order to comb through large photo archives and identify the photos of greatest significance, CrowdOptic used the existing photo metadata, as embedded in image EXIF format—including GPS position, compass heading, and time stamp—and applied proprietary algorithms and triangulation techniques to arrive at a relative significance value for each photo object.  The analysis using such algorithms took a total of 1.216 seconds to complete.

Some of the most significant focal clusters revealed by CrowdOptic included a downed tree caused by the hurricane and a devastated home documented by onlookers, owners and eventually appraisers evaluating the scene for insurance purposes.  CrowdOptic technology creates a cohesive chronology of an event location over time by annotating and authenticating all photos taken of the site by various onlookers.  

"There is enormous potential for citizen reporting during an ongoing crisis such as Hurricane Sandy, yet up until now, the sheer volume of photo and video content contributed by the public, coupled with the unverified status of most of it, has limited the ability of publishers, broadcasters and enterprises to truly tap into it," said CrowdOptic CEO Jon Fisher. "With our technology, it is now possible to instantly hone in on the locations that are drawing heat from the public, where a cluster of focus has happened, and automatically catalog —even rebroadcast— authenticated images of these locations.  CrowdOptic technology can identify clusters both in real time or after the fact by analyzing large image repositories, as our analysis of Hurricane Sandy historical photo archives has demonstrated."

About CrowdOptic CrowdOptic is a new crowd-powered "heat" signal – the next evolution of location-based services that recognizes the hottest crowd activity as it occurs.  By tracking where smartphone cameras are located  and where they are pointed, CrowdOptic can instantly filter mobile social media and create new opportunities for fan engagement.  CrowdOptic identifies, tags and rebroadcasts the live event experience to the world, on mobile, social TV and second screens.  CrowdOptic is a privately-held, venture-backed company based in San Francisco.  For more information, visit  www.crowdoptic.com.

SOURCE CrowdOptic

Copyright 2011 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Select the service that is right for you!

COMPARE ALL SERVICES
Action Alerts PLUS
Try it NOW

Jim Cramer and Stephanie Link actively manage a real portfolio and reveal their money management tactics while giving advanced notice before every trade.

Product Features:
  • $2.5+ million portfolio
  • Large-cap and dividend focus
  • Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
  • Weekly roundups
TheStreet Quant Ratings
Try it NOW
Only $49.95/yr

Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.

Product Features:
  • Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
  • Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
  • A custom stock screener
  • Upgrade/downgrade alerts
Stocks Under $10
Try it NOW

David Peltier, uncovers low dollar stocks with extraordinary upside potential that are flying under Wall Street's radar.

Product Features:
  • Model portfolio
  • Stocks trading below $10
  • Intraday trade alerts
  • Weekly roundups
Dividend Stock Advisor
Try it NOW

Jim Cramer's protege, David Peltier, identifies the best of breed dividend stocks that will pay a reliable AND significant income stream.

Product Features:
  • Diversified model portfolio of dividend stocks
  • Alerts when market news affect the portfolio
  • Bi-weekly updates with exact steps to take - BUY, HOLD, SELL
Real Money Pro
Try it NOW

All of Real Money, plus 15 more of Wall Street's sharpest minds delivering actionable trading ideas, a comprehensive look at the market, and fundamental and technical analysis.

Product Features:
  • Real Money + Doug Kass Plus 15 more Wall Street Pros
  • Intraday commentary & news
  • Ultra-actionable trading ideas
Options Profits
Try it NOW

Our options trading pros provide daily market commentary and over 100 monthly option trading ideas and strategies to help you become a well-seasoned trader.

Product Features:
  • 100+ monthly options trading ideas
  • Actionable options commentary & news
  • Real-time trading community
  • Options TV
To begin commenting right away, you can log in below using your Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, OpenID or Yahoo login credentials. Alternatively, you can post a comment as a "guest" just by entering an email address. Your use of the commenting tool is subject to multiple terms of service/use and privacy policies - see here for more details.
Submit an article to us!
DOW 17,086.63 -26.91 -0.16%
S&P 500 1,987.01 +3.48 0.18%
NASDAQ 4,473.6970 +17.6810 0.40%

Brokerage Partners

Rates from Bankrate.com

  • Mortgage
  • Credit Cards
  • Auto

Free Newsletters from TheStreet

My Subscriptions:

After the Bell

Before the Bell

Booyah! Newsletter

Midday Bell

TheStreet Top 10 Stories

Winners & Losers

Register for Newsletters
Top Rated Stocks Top Rated Funds Top Rated ETFs