Please describe the scope of their involvement in detail.
Ethervision helped us deploy a state-of-the-art iPad application. The previous generation device was a Motorola or sort of a ruggedized Blackberry. We have deployed 200 iPads out into our field, with a Bluetooth scanning wedge because our field team scans a lot of barcodes. The native camera within the iPad is not quite up to the task of the volume that we need, so we added a Bluetooth wedge.
Ethervision developed a complete package for us that we load through our Apple Enterprise account. The app allows our field team to do all of their job functions as well as we added some new feature sets because of the capabilities of the iPad, leveraging all the advantages of having that larger screen size and the iPad native technology to it. Ethervision did an outstanding job of leveraging the native technology on the iPad into the custom app that they developed for us.
This is the fourth application we've had Ethervision develop for us. They've previously done other applications related to our field service including an iPhone and Android application. They have also developed an application for our business-to-business web store.
How did you come to work with Ethervision?
In the initial process, we interviewed Ethervision and two other firms here locally in Chicago. There were two small companies, one like Ethervision. When I say small, Ethervision is a 10-person or so shop. Then, we looked at a larger company with more than 100 associates. I felt that Ethervision was incredibly credible. Ethervision published one of the first applications out in the store back in 2007.
I just felt that Ethervision's experience and longevity in the app business, and added a lot of credibility to what they were talking about. They were also very current with the latest trends in app development, in terms of graphical design, how things should look as well as leveraging the native technology sets on each device. I thought Ethervision had a real one up on the other shops.
Being a small firm, we find that the joint application development sessions with Ethervision are outstanding. I can get my developers and my team on the phone with them, and there's no long forms to fill out. Ethervision being a smaller, more nimble organization allows us to address changes to the scope of a project quickly.
When we launched the application, if we had a bug that came up in testing, they were all over it. They have a very rapid response time to a break or fix needed to the application. They're very current and very cutting edge as to the latest development and design practices.
Could you provide a sense of the size of this initiative in financial terms?
We've completed a couple projects with Ethervision, this most recent project was a $200,000-plus project.