Please describe the scope of their work.
I planned the project and made many of the initial technical decisions. When we first reached out to 12Rockets, we had already decided on Bluetooth low energy and many of the protocol details. They came in and offered some feedback on the design and suggested a couple of modifications based on their experience, which was very helpful. We budgeted about three and a half weeks for their work. We had reasonably frequent communications with them – once every couple of days; more frequently when there were problems and early on in the project where there were more open-ended questions.
They built both Android and iOS applications. They handled all of the low-level Bluetooth communication. They also helped a little with the host side. I had written a test utility that was decoupled from the rest of our application, and they went in, extended it, and modified it as needed for their own work.
What was your process for selecting 12Rockets with which to work?
I don't remember exactly how we found them. I think maybe our CEO ran into somebody who worked with them at a conference. I had developed a short list of potential partners, and 12Rockets was one of them. I put together the scope of the work for a proposal, and I sent that around to vendors who seemed interested and had the time and skills we needed. 12Rockets came back with good questions, which showed a deep understanding of the technology we were working with. It was clear that they read and understood the proposal, and they came in with a very favorable bid. So, the combination of those two factors made them the easy choice.
Can you provide a ballpark dollar figure for the size of the work that they've done for you?
We've spent somewhere in the $10,000 to $50,000 range working with 12Rockets.
What was the timeline of the project?
We contacted them initially in mid-January . We were on a short timeline. They got back to us right away, and we tried to keep things moving as quickly as possible. I think the work started the first week in February and continued through the end of the month. There was a week or so of testing in the first week of March. We had a soft launch for the project in early March, and we got our first customer almost at once.