What was the scope of their involvement?
They've done two projects for us using the same core architecture. The first project was a web-based healthcare app where medical clinicians receive patient information and videos. They built in quality control for the data being received, as well as an AI component that interprets emotions from facial expressions in the videos.
Together we reused that first framework to build a unique data visualization app. It’s an analysis tool that takes what we built in the first project and combines it with data visualization tools to present meaningful content and graphs. Similar functions included uploading data and video, but the main functionality was analyzing and summarizing the data into easily readable graphs. For example, a user could upload a video of themselves watching a movie, and the app will track a user's facial expressions, like when the user laughs at a certain scene. Ultimately, the app produces a graph of emotions throughout the movie.
Automation Squared used Laravel as the overall framework, and we developed an API together to push data in and out. For the database visualizations, they used a Laravel plugin. We used similar plugins for video management.
What is the team composition?
There was a team of developers working on the projects, any of which could ask us questions. But we had a dedicated project manager that I could contact with questions or bug reports.
How did you come to work with Automation Squared Ltd.?
We listed the job on a U.K. job board, a marketplace for software development. We selected Automation Squared because they fully understood what we were trying to achieve. It wasn’t a common or simple project. They were also one of the few companies that were confident that they could deliver in the tight timeframe.
How much have you invested with them?
We spent approximately $27,000.
What is the status of this engagement?
The projects lasted March–December 2018.