Blocpower is an organization based in New York, New York that employs solar and energy efficiency technology to help churches, nonprofits, and small businesses slash their energy costs.
As part of Blocpower’s program, engineers must perform an on on-site energy audit that does an extensive assessment of a building’s energy usage. Blocpower had used several off-the-shelf form builder apps to collect data from the audit; however, the apps had a number of drawbacks, including poor UX, inability to integrate, and limited photo capture functionality.
Blocpower initially decided to use Android devices in order to reduce the cost of deploying devices for each of its auditing engineers. The company had an internal development team, but the engineers did not have the skills to set up and start an Android application project.
Standard Beagle worked with Blocpower to develop an offline-first mobile app prototype that would address each of the above pain points.
Standard Beagle decided to use Couchbase Mobile which allows the app to function in areas of the client’s territory when no Wi-Fi or mobile signal is available.
Image gallery and future enhancements
Couchbase Mobile supports and replicates binary attachments natively. This made it relatively easy to add a photo gallery to every data object.
Standard Beagle handed off the app as intended to Blocpower and continued to provide guidance and support for two months as the company’s engineers took over updates and maintenance.
The app continues to be worked on and maintained by Blocpower. Company leaders said the app has reduced the time in field by BlocPower engineers, increasing productivity.