Developers of photo search engine Polar Rose gain DKK 30 m investment  

2006.09.26
The Danish-Swedish developers of Polar Rose has gained DKK 30 m in venture capital from Nordic Venture partners, the Nordic region's largest IT venture company

The Danish-Swedish developers of Polar Rose has gained DKK 30 m (USD 5.1 m) in venture capital from Nordic Venture partners, the Nordic region's largest IT venture company. Polar Rose is a biometric web image search engine that let users find anyone, on any photo, on any website. It is currently under closed test in an alpha version.

Claus Højbjerg Andersen of Nordic Venture Partners comments: "Polar Rose is interesting, because the idea is unique and has blockbuster potential. Image analysis has previously been the sole preserve of the security industry, but it can now be used to organise pictures on the net and so improve access to information."

Polar Rose, which is also the name of a flower-shaped mathematical curve, consists of two parts. Firstly, a photo search engine looks for faces on photos on the net and marks them with a rose which can be clicked on to reveal who the person is or who the person resembles. Secondly, an associated program archives all marked images and makes them available to all.

Polar Rose's MD Nikolaj Nyholm says that the company's biggest challenge right now is to recruit the right people to join their team which is based in Malmø, Sweden – just across the Øresund bridge from the Danish capital Copenhagen. They are currently seeking a web designer, a web developer and a web services engineer. The news was reported by Comon.

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