IAS Acquires AI Company, Context, to Further Enhance Image and Video Classification

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Acquisition Provides Additional Artificial Intelligence for Contextual Classification and Targeting

Integral Ad Science, a global leader in digital media quality, announced that it has acquired Context, a Paris-based digital content classification company. Context’s artificial intelligence (AI) driven technology provides image and video classification across various digital media including social media platforms and connected TV (CTV). The acquisition builds on IAS’s current, market-leading media classification and contextual targeting capabilities. The integration of Context’s technology will enable IAS’s marketing partners to identify brand suitable content beyond standard frameworks and contextually target with granularity. Additionally, the acquisition continues IAS’s commitment to innovate globally by adding teams of engineers, data scientists, and data analysts located in France and Poland.

“Marketers require sophisticated contextual targeting and avoidance solutions that offer precision and flexibility, especially as the industry moves to a cookie-less world,” said Lisa Utzschneider, CEO of IAS. “The acquisition of Context builds on our existing capabilities and accelerates our product roadmap, particularly in video classification for social media and CTV applications. It also furthers our vision of offering tailored solutions to our customers. I’d like to welcome Jack Habra, CEO, along with Context’s impressive team to IAS.”

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Since 2016, Context has served the video industry as a premier multimedia recognition and classification technology based on AI. Context’s technology will be integrated into IAS’s Context Control suite of suitability and contextual targeting solutions.

“We are delighted to join with IAS to advance their market leading contextual targeting and classification capabilities,” said Jack Habra, CEO of Context. “Our technology is designed to deliver critical insights to help marketers optimize their campaigns, and we look forward to realizing Context’s full potential as part of IAS.”

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