Users of NDL’s awiMX mobile development platform can now tap into an extensive library of property survey applications developed specifically for housing providers and local councils.
Developed for Medway Council by Blue Diamond Internet Systems, the library currently comprises ten survey types. Existing surveys can be quickly tailored to local requirements and new ones easily created by non-technical users.
Designed to run primarily on Android devices, the mobile surveys can also be adapted for Windows tablet, iOS and Blackberry. Completed surveys are uploaded from the field when a connection is available and stored for checking and transfer to the corporate housing management system.
Medway has now made the entire property survey set and supporting framework freely available through the NDL user forum, embracing the ethos that applications developed in MX are freely shared between its users.
Adam Fielder from Medway Council said, “Like most other social landlords, we were faced with the challenge of paper-based forms and their inherent logistics, security, transcription and data entry issues. Blue Diamond Internet Services has done an excellent job with the surveys and we are happy to share this with the awiMX community as a whole. I hope that any improvements or new surveys will be distributed in the same way.”
Russell Hancock, owner, Blue Diamond Internet Systems, said, “Like all solution providers, our developers hate to re-invent the wheel. By doing this work in an open and structured way, we have not only exceeded Medway’s brief, but also created something with a much broader appeal. Survey work applies to many parts of most organisations and with a little fine-tuning, this framework can be used in almost any survey situation.”