Vearsa – Product detection

Detecting book covers online

Context :

Vearsa is a software company that provides data services to various online industries. Originally an e-book retailer, the brand has evolved to leverage smart data to help businesses sell more products online. Vearsa, which means “poetry” in Gaelic, references the long history of Irish storytelling and continues the tradition of helping publishers thrive in the digital age.


Need :

The ebook platform Vearsa aims to rethink the publisher’s sales opportunities by tracking book retailers’ websites. Hence, it needs to regularly check that all the preview images of books covers displayed throughout the internet are the accurate covers released. The client needs to optimise the resource dedicated to image checking for its database of more than 500 000 ebooks available.


Objectives :

  • Increase your sales
  • Optimize your compliance process
  • Ensure a good brand image


Solution :

  1. After browsing all available cover images and their associated metadata, run the matching algorithm on all cover images to identify those that do not match
  2. Provide our easily deployable API to run the technology within the Vearsa ecosystem
  3. Ensure a powerful, robust and scalable image recognition technology for the client to analyze a large volume of images

Key performance indicators

+50K images in
Average of 4,5 million
of annual queries
+300% annual growth

Results :

Vearsa has deployed an automated system integrating the LTU’s visual recognition API.

First of all, thanks to a crawling tool, the images and metadata of the books detected in the product page of the targeted marketplaces are collected. Secondly, it operates a matching process using our image recognition API to identify among the collected book covers those that correspond to the reference images in Vearsa’s database. And thus detect the collected covers images that do not match with the images in the Vearsa’s database, indicating that the image displayed on the product page is not compliant.

The benefit for Vearsa is a considerable saving of time and manpower, thanks to an automated process capable of obtaining reliable results in a few seconds for several hundreds of thousands of processed images.