What was the scope of their involvement?
These type of systems typically rely on a microcontroller-based series of relays and LEDs, but because of our business plan, we needed to have more flexibility. Our user interface needed to be LCD-based and adaptable enough for use in a number of markets, including New York City and Boston.
We provided a graphical user interface outline. From here, they used Qt Linux to develop the interface software from scratch, ensuring it could communicate with the APIs. They also developed a few automated, industry-compliant software packages for us. In terms of hardware, they used a System-on-Module that they developed for a specific platform.
While we provided a broad overview of the system architecture and the necessary radio frequency (RF) protocols, we handled the RF side ourselves.
Nearing completion with the initial job, we’ve hired Sirin for two additional projects. One involves our Amazon Web Services custom cloud API that connects the web interface to our field devices. We expanded the cloud interface to act as both a monitoring and programming suite. They’re currently engaged in a third project.
What is the team composition?
We initially worked with a primary system architect and they then rapidly scaled up to four developers. Having expanded the scope after completing the MVP, we now have a team of 11 people.
How did you come to work with Sirin Software?
My business partner had previous development experience in Eastern Europe. We did an online search for technical engineers and found Sirin Software. While they’re based in Europe, they also have a small presence in the U.S., which made us more comfortable.
We started with a very small contract. We gave them our product owner requirements and they were able to develop a system architecture within six weeks. My business partner and I visited their headquarters for a presentation and an in-person knowledge exchange. We were very impressed by the results, so we decided to move forward with the full development.
How much have you invested in them?
We’ve spent between $500,000–$1 million.
What is the status of this engagement?
We started working together in March 2016 and our relationship is ongoing.