Cloud MVS Service

A hosted mobile visual search service that is configured using the Data API and searched using the Search API.


A dataset is the collection of image/value pairs against which a search is carried out.

Reference image

A reference image is an image added to a dataset along with an associated value. The largest dimension of a reference image should be between 640 and 1280 pixels. The web control panel resizes uploaded references images for you. The Data API does not resize images so if you use the Data API you must make sure your image is no larger than 1.3 Mega pixels.

Data API

The Data API is provided as an alternative to the web control panel for adding and removing images from your dataset. It is particularly useful for automating and integrating dataset management with your own systems. To enable Data API access select “API Only” instead of “Control Panel” under management access when adding a new Cloud MVS service.

Search API

Our Search API allows you to connect your mobile app with the image dataset you have configured in your Cloud MVS service. Simply capture an image in your app and then post this to your Cloud MVS Service using the Search API to conduct a search. We provide example code to show you how this is done on iOS and Android.