Posts by Bill Smith

Drone RFP Estimator

Business Goal:

Drone technologies have dramatically decreased the costs of inspecting utilities assets such as towers and power lines. Our client asked us to create a tool that would enable commercial drone operators to create sound estimates for complicated projects.  These estimates are then converted to standardized contracts which are submitted to utility customers.

 

Cost: $$

Calendar Time: 3 Months 

Technologies:

Ionic, Ruby, Javascript, Angular, MYSQL

Innovations:

Import facility for ARCGIS “shape” files to describe the assets to be inspected. Business rules and formula engine to convert project parameters to an estimable scope of work. Supports multiple site uploads and multi-point support through a mapping application. 

Deliverables:

  • Responsive web app
  • Dashboard
  • PDF Contracts

Outcome:

Interactive and user friendly map application used to add custom site location points.

Import Utility Asset Lists from Arc GIS to scope the project.

Simplifies the process of bidding complex jobs. The utilities get faster service, and the operators get more business with fewer bidding errors.

Create a rich description of project details.

The app accounts for travel and other project expenses. 

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Diet Coaching App

Business Goal:

Enable a busy dietitian to serve more clients by automating her routine tasks.  Open up her schedule so she can spend more time on the deeper more meaningful work of a registered dietitian nutritionist.  Increase her income 50% by enabling her to take subscriptions from the clients on her waiting list.

Cost: $

Technologies:

Ionic, Ruby, Javascript, Angular, MYSQL

 

Innovations:

Daily Planner and Meal Builder functions allow clients to diary their performance within the dietary program.

Automated and personal messages affirm accomplishments and guide clients who may be struggling.  Direct chat between coach and client free up inboxes and her personal messaging apps.

Daily assessments pages link dietary program success with energy & satisfaction

Clients can graph how their aesthetics have improved over their time in the program.

Leaderboards call out the clients who are most successful and most improved in the program.

 

Deliverables:

  • iOS Coaches and Client app
  • Admin dashboard for managing clients

Outcome:

This app is in the Apple and Google app stores.Our client is beta testing it with selected clients.Our intention is to partner with the client in marketing the app to other Registered Dietitian Nutritionists.

Built specifically for dietitians who need to manage and motivate his or her clients while still growing his or her practice and income.

Clients get instant feedback as they document their meals.

Progress graphs help clients monitor their successes and rewards in terms of having more energy and feeling better.

Graphs help clients keep track of their progress on their personal diet goals.

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Self Pour Beer & Wine

Business Goal:

Craft beer is an exploding market. Customers love the opportunity to explore craft beers, especially when they can taste and compare a dozen beers without overindulging.  Our client is a restaurant in Orange California with 55 taps, and rotating kegs to offer new deliciously tasting craft beers every few days. Our goal was to enable this small restaurant to operate in a small space with minimal staff and create a model which would be repeatable in other venues.  And of course, we wanted to deliver a remarkably awesome customer experience.

Cost: $$

Calendar Time: 6 Months

Technologies:

Ionic, Ruby, Javascript, Angular, Raspberry Pi, RFID, MYSQL

Innovations:

Many dozen small innovations went into making the experience seamless for customers and staff. We created a system based on off-the-shelf hardware as much as possible, Every piece of hardware is low cost and field replaceable.  Where no existing hardware was available, the E7 Systems hardware design team prototyped a proprietary PCB and then contracted for mass production.

Deliverables:

In lean fashion, we proved the viability of the highest risk project elements first. There were many elements of this project that we needed to know would work in our environment so we delivered prototypes of each before moving forward with the construction of the 55 taps.

  • Software spike
  • Prove accuracy of flow meters
  • Single Tap Demo
  • Two tap prototype in venue
  • Seven 8 tap units
  • 56 keg side controllers

Outcome:

The restaurant is now a full time self-pouring bar. Patrons love the choice, convenience and novelty of being  their own bartenders. Staff love the freedom from having to pour flights.

Many issues that we did not encounter in the lab appeared when the hardware was delivered. For example, RFID readers are not meant to be placed next to each other 55 in a row. We knew there would be discoveries, so we planned for a number of beta sessions with the hardware, always ensuring that the restaurant could fall back to regular operations at the end of our test.

In the end, we have a repeatable installation process, a version 1.0 product, and the support and input of staff to make the product continuously better.

55 user friendly taps in a small space used to maximize sales and create excitement for patrons.

Accurate measurement to 1/10th ounce.

All of the hardware was created by E7 System and our local partners from the tap cabinet all the way to the custom PCB.

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Restaurant Point of Sale

Business Goal:

We set out to build a Point of Sale system tailored to the fast paced casual dining and bistro environments.  We built a beautiful, solid, flexible, high performance POS system, and we integrated it to all of the technology in the environment.  

 

Cost: $$$

Calendar Time: 6 Months

Technologies:

Ionic, Ruby, Javascript, Angular, Raspberry Pi, RFID, MYSQL

Innovations:

There are many small innovations that make our POS system a hit with staff. In general, our system is more fully featured and flexible to their needs over the Square POS that we replaced.

The major innovation and 60% of project effort was delivery of the self-pour beverage system.  For more information on our self-pour project click here, See the Self-Pour Beverage project summary.  The self pour system requires deep integration with the POS.  The POS must be able to inventory, sell, and properly account for beers and wines sold in bulk, with precision of a tenth of an ounce.

Deliverables:

The Restaurant POS suite includes

  • Mobile app for servers
  • Kitchen & expeditor app
  • Self pour beer & wine app
  • Venue administration web app
  • Digital signage Menu displays
 

 

 

Outcome:

Working point of sale and self-pour beverage hardware and software were delivered into a busy restaurant in 6 months. A one month cut-over period ensured continuous operation of staff into the new system which changed 100% of their IT procedures.

Agile and lean methods were employed to ensure that the highest risk items were under control before the client invested in the bulk of the project.

E7 Systems drew upon internal resources and local partners to perform all the hardware engineering, case manufacture, assembly, and PCB manufacture required to deliver a business ready, professional looking prototype to the first restaurant.  

We are presently working on plans for installs to other venues in the chain and beyond.

Tiki POS is designed to keep up with busy servers.

With our self pour system, patrons pour their own beers and their tabs are updated automatically.

Lightweight design is flexible for the unique requirements of the casual food and bistro environments.

Integrates with the E7 Systems designed pour it yourself beverage system.

App Screenshots

Wow, ordering an entry has never been easier with the app’s flexibility!

Keep up with the food orders, and easily modify seats or tabs.

The Cooks and expeditors love the power of the kitchen command screen.

Payment is extremely flexible; the app is capable of splitting the check by seat or even by item.

Don’t pull out your hair trying to split the tab; let the app do the work.

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Silverton Community News

On-Line Newspaper

Business Goal: Enable small town paper to capture audience, deliver issues and receive payments on-line. Cost $ Calendar Time: 2 months Deliverables : Operational web site, ad management system, on-line payments via PayPal, PDF issues archive, photo galleries, services and business directory. Outcome: On-line Newspaper portal up and running on E7 system for 10 years.

Silverton Standard loves E7 Systems.

They have provided awesome website hosting – and development – for our little nonprofit newspaper way up here in the mountains.

Mark Esper Editor - Silverton Standard

 

Local news on-line for Silverton, Colorado.

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EMV Point of Sale

Point Of Sale ATM Network

Business Goal:
With zero assistance from original developer, reverse engineered and re-created high volume cash advance system. Architected redundant cloud services on Amazon Web Services. Restored vital configuration data and transaction history. Brought system to life with immediate reduction in down time.

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Interactive Digital Signage & Content

Mission: Connect to patrons in venue bars, restaurants & health clubs. Create an audience for audio streaming app. Provide interactive digital channel for advertising network. 

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Video Training – Social Learning

Title: Storylogue – The Education of a Writer

Mission: Create an online community and sustainable business for the foremost expert in Screenwriting. E7 was contacted 1 week before this site was to go live.

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Mobile Fleet Management App

Title: My Fleet – Mobile Fleet Management App

Mission: Make the data in the enterprise fleet management app available to mechanics and supervisors when they are in the lot or the shop.

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On-Line Configurator Solar Engineering Products

Solar Engineering Configurator

Title: Solar Project Hardware Configurator

Mission: Automate configuration and pricing of solar panel installations. Generate technical specification diagrams ready for submission to building departments.

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