What was the scope of their involvement?
The focal point of the project where I saw a significant need in the government sector was the ability to visualize data. We approached Axon to help us to develop a solution in which state and local governments could visualize data on a map-based solution custom to various use cases.
For example, one of the use cases we worked on with Axon was for the government of Colombia. In Colombia, a large sector of their population currently lives in poverty. The government wanted to find a better and more efficient way to deploy services to that segment of the population. Unfortunately, that category of the population makes up almost 80% of the entire country, located in areas with poor service and little infrastructure. This makes it very difficult to not only gather information about the segment of the population, but also to disseminate information back and bring services and resources to those most in need.
What Axon did for us was develop a tool which has been branded The Social View. The tool is a map-based solution that takes data and visualizes it on a map-based view. The application itself has many different use cases. In the case of Colombia, the government is using the tool to determine the different factors that contribute to a person falling into the poverty level. The government uses the tool developed by Axon to geographically identify where the largest segment of their population may be susceptible to those risk factors, and then match that up with resources or infrastructure that can be deployed to that sector.
We've used the application for other use cases, such as for the Tampa Bay housing authority, which is an agency that provides low income housing to its population. Similar to the situation in Colombia, there are a number of risk factors that contribute to a person or family needing resources for shelter or assistance in finding a place to live. The Social View app helps to identify where these people are within the Tampa Bay population and then disseminate the appropriate resources to those people.
How did you come to work with Axon Development Group?
I was introduced to Axon Development Group through a family friend a number of years ago. This individual was someone whose opinion I respected.
I'm sure there are other technology providers in the marketplace other than Axon, but I have yet to see a provider that is quite so nimble, flexible, and enterprise-like. To me, their team offers the best of both worlds. The solution they developed can be modified and applied in a number of different use cases. It was also very cost effective which is another concern when you're dealing with state and local governments.
How much have you invested with them?
We've spent about a half million dollars.
What is the status of this engagement?
We began working with Axon in May of 2015. The project was completed in December 2015. We are still working with them on future projects.