What was the scope of their involvement?
Whenever I had the initial idea, I met with them to discuss and verify that is could be accomplished. After that initial meeting, they left their proposal, then returned with a set of wireframes. We went on to build the app for iOS, Android, and Microsoft devices.
The long-haul industry is currently using many apps, like ones for semis that are transporting packages for many different companies. I realized that there was nobody tracking short-haul loads like dump trucks, concrete trucks, etc. The companies that own these vehicles had no way to properly bill or keep records of their trucks and materials they delivered.
Most of these companies’ records determine whether they’ll make a profit or loss in a job, and it all comes down to accuracy. There’s nobody out there right now building anything other than paper tickets, and it’s the driver’s responsibility to make sure they return all of them.
This process was inefficient because tickets would come back completely wrong, or they’d be forgotten, which all requires a huge amount of time on the part of the office staff to backtrack, figure out, facilitate with the quarry, then try to get the actual numbers. The app will eliminate all of this completely.
Paper tickets will still be usable, but they will be retroactive after the load is delivered or picked up. The app provides real-time information to the owners of either the trucks, or the other construction company, so that they can instantaneously look and see how many loads of material have been delivered to each job, provide rerouting, etc. It’s like a ticketing and dispatch service all at the same time.
What is the team dynamic?
I worked with a total of 2 developers and 2 project managers.
How did you come to work with Atmosphere Apps?
I had heard of Atmosphere Apps, and knew they were a local company. I’d heard some really good things about some of the technology they’d already developed based upon other companies along the same lines. I thought they would integrate really well with what I was trying to accomplish with GPS tracking, as well as with a lot of the material handling and solutions.
A lot of their developers also graduated from the local university, and I’d heard good things from local people who had used them for a range of services. I contacted them, and they were more than receptive. They were extremely fast to respond, got in and started developing the app, and really showcased that they could actually facilitate my ideas into something tangible. They lived up to my expectations.
How much have you invested with them?
As of right now, we've spent $40,000.
What is the status of this engagement?
I worked with them from September 2016 to March 2017.