What was the scope of their involvement?
Citronium covers almost all our hardware and software production. They build applications for our clients, dealers, insurer companies, and dealerships. They are an original partner for us, and we work on an exclusive rights basis.
I have been very happy with Citronium because they are very ahead of the curve and always use the latest technologies. We’ve been exploring both native and cross-platform applications. We initially used Cordova PhoneGap and are now working with React Native.
Using the mobile application, our clients can access real-time services. They can see their vehicle position and usage, including, among many other things, how hard the pedal is pushed. Through the application, clients can also access a historical log of data and reports.
They did a crash dynamic report, which is a video reconstruction of a vehicle crash. During a crash, the device sends our server a lot of data. We get to see the crash dynamic in real time by assessing how the car was driving a few seconds before and after the crash. In a virtual video, we can gauge the impact force and see which part of the vehicle was impacted. It’s really effective.
We receive an enormous amount of data from the devices. Every day, one device sends 1,000 pieces of information to the server. Since we have tens of thousands of devices, we get a few million records daily. We and Citronium had the challenge of managing and processing all that data. A receiving software passes data through a real-time processing service. Once the data has been processed and sent to the external library, it is written into a database.
We are evaluating driving habits and speed limits. Our telematics devices know the driving speed, but they don’t know speed limits. By geocoding and researching street map databases, we can determine speed limit, road information, and traffic information. After all that data is processed, it is enriched and written into the database.
What is the team composition?
I’m in touch with a project manager who takes care of all the tasks. Since we’ve created a few applications with them, we have had more than one project manager.
The team changes depending on the project. We usually have a project manager, a designer, a server person, and a platform specialist. They dedicate 6-10 people from their team to every project.
How did you come to work with Citronium?
We decided to try them out after a referral from another company that had experience working with them. We were very happy with the outcome and continued working with them.
How much have you invested in them?
We have invested between €50,000-€100,000 Euro per year ($61,737-$123,475 USD).
What is the status of this engagement?
We began working with them in October 2014 and the work is ongoing.