Please describe the scope of their involvement in detail.
They're doing hardware work adapting hardware for our needs. They've been able to open our printer, copier, scanner equipment and started using that to do barcode scanning and OCR [optical character recognition] stuff that is customized to our needs. They are starting the process of adapting tablets to our needs, adding the ability to store and scan driver's licenses to pull the information that we need digitally very easily from the paperwork that our customers have. They're packing this hardware in a way that's makes it usable for some unpredictable circumstances.
They have developed an app and are continuing to expand that as our custom intake app. All the back-end programming to decode barcodes and to decode vehicle identification numbers – it's a 14- or 15-digit number where each digit means something. They've been able to break that open and populate a lot of our stuff. Based on the VIN, they can do an automatic query to some online database and get more data back. Building in the logic than to continually make qualification judgments customers based on the responses that are populated into the app. They're growing that farther and farther out so that we can qualify customers for more benefits.
It's significant what they're up to. I think it ought to get a lot of recognition once we're fully done and launched. It's already delivering many benefits. The cheap integration they've done has been huge.
How did you come to work with FullStack Labs?
We found them through Hacker Lab, a nonprofit in Sacramento. They recommended the guys to help with our data analysis.
Could you provide a sense of the size of this initiative in financial terms?
The full build out of all of this is going to be a minimum of $250,000 to do the whole thing, which is a problem. We're raising the money as we go. We're probably $100,000 into it. We'll get to at least $250,000. It might end up being beyond that to achieve our ultimate scope of using this engine to deliver all of the disadvantaged community benefits for the Central Valley and the greater LA area.
What is the status of this engagement?
We've gotten through the first phase. They have excelled in automating our data acquisition at events for vehicles. It works well. They've solved all our wireless and a bunch of other stuff. We're just at the point where we're pivoting into stage two, which is going to be moving from cars to households, and getting the app up on tablets; getting a lot more fields ready with everything.