5 Reasons You Need to Outsource Image and Video Annotation

Jun 25, 2020

We take our vision for granted. While navigating and understanding the visual world around us is a simple task, even for children, training computers to do the same is far from simple. And yet, countless large tech companies and startups are heavily investing in machine learning and AI.

With computer vision, we’ve unlocked futuristic technology much sooner than we’d anticipated. Its applications include:

  • Facial recognition. On top of unlocking your phone, the technology that identifies faces, even hidden within a crowd, has reinvented security standards. For example, if you threaten someone under knifepoint, facial recognition technology can apprehend you in under 24 hours.
  • Autonomous vehicles. Nothing says futuristic like self-driving cars. But the future is closer than you think, with driverless vehicles making food deliveries on behalf of food banks during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Robotics. When it comes to the productivity of industrial robots, one robot with built-in computer vision is worth multiple blind robots. A perceptive robot can easily transport items from one place to another while dodging workers and other robots.

None of this would be possible without a certain technique: image and video annotation. In other words, for a machine to recognize its surroundings, we need to train it properly.

So, how do companies running short on time and money make sure that training datasets for computer vision AI are accurate? The answer is easy—they outsource data annotation to the real experts.

5 Reasons why to outsource image and video annotation

1. Time Investment

Don’t waste time and money piling tens of thousands of images and videos at your employees’ feet. Without the right expertise, annotation is an incredibly time-consuming and labor-intensive process.

Data annotation services have been designed for the sole purpose of data annotation. Leave it to the professionals to deliver the goods without slowing down ongoing in-house projects and compromising the accuracy of your training datasets.

2. Higher Quality Datasets

AI learns from us. So, how do you teach AI the wrong lessons? By feeding the system inaccurate training datasets. To avoid misaligned bounding boxes and confusion in the classifier—mistakes that take time and experience to detect, much less correct—outsource image annotation to a team of professional annotators.

Videos are more complex than images—accordingly, annotating them proves more of a challenge. Companies often choose to outsource video annotation in particular to access the right tools and techniques.

3. Mitigate Internal Bias

In the world of machine learning, bias is bad news. When your results are systematically prejudiced, your end solution suffers greatly. Mitigating bias is one of the major advantages of video and image annotation outsourcing for AI.

Keymakr focuses on minimizing all forms of bias, including sample bias, ensuring that your training dataset represents the ideal environment as accurately as possible.

4. Scale

Regardless of the scope of your machine learning project, training your model demands a high volume of accurate data. Large-scale data annotation takes training, time, and sheer manpower—resources that most companies simply can’t afford.

Instead, outsource your data-labeling tasks to a team of professional annotators who deliver high-quality results as the project progresses, never compromising on accuracy despite increased data volume.

5. Trained Professionals

Teaching a machine how to see isn’t easy—annotation is time-consuming, laborious, and easy to botch if you don’t have the right training and experience.

Our annotators are all machine learning experts who are well-equipped to tackle high volumes of complex data. Image or video, we combine advanced tools with in-house professionals to deliver the best results within deadlines.

Outsource High-Quality Image and Video Annotation That Scales

Computer vision has the potential to transform lives. But the performance of AI is only as proficient as its training data.

Are you interested in the highest quality of data annotation delivered in time for your next deadline? Keymakr is here to help you.

We offer affordable image- and video-based training datasets created by a team of expert annotators. Here at Keymakr, we pride ourselves on delivering pixel-perfect results.
Get in touch with a member of our team to schedule your personalized demo today.

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