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Ashoka
A Web Server – Android Client Application
for Remote Field Surveys with GPS tracking
About Neev
Web

Mobile

Magento eCommerce
SaaS Applications
Video Streaming Portals
Rich Internet Apps
Custom Development

iPhone
Android
Windows Phone 7
HTML5 Apps

Cloud
AWS Consulting Partner
Rackspace
Joyent
Heroku
Google App Engine

Key Company Highlights
250+ team with
experience in managing
offshore, distributed
development.
Neev Technologies
established in Jan ’05

User Interface Design and User Experience Design

VC Funding in 2009 By
Basil Partners

Performance Consulting Practices

Part of Publicis Groupe
Member of NASSCOM.

Quality Assurance & Testing
Outsourced Product Development

Development Centers in
Bangalore and Pune.
A Web Server – Android Client Application for Remote Field Surveys with
GPS – based tracking
• Neev simplified the task of conducting surveys for the client’s field
survey agents who were located in different places.
• This was achieved through the Field Survey application.
• The application replaced paper-based surveys with surveys on
Android devices like smart phones and tablets.
• The solution consists of a web application along with an Android
client and features such as GPS-based location tracking of
surveyors, offline data collection and real-time online updates.
• It not only increased productivity manifold but also improved
accuracy.
The Client
• Ashoka, one of the world’s largest networks of social entrepreneurs,
has 3000 Ashoka fellows present across 70 countries.
• Ashoka was founded in the year 1980 by Bill Drayton.
• It provides start-up financing, professional support services and also
connects social entrepreneurs to a global pool across various
businesses and social sectors.
• Ashoka provides a platform to enable people to change the world.

• It works in partnership with players in the private, philanthropic and
citizen sectors to drive large-scale innovation.
Business Need
• Ashoka employs many field survey agents who are geographically distributed
across remote areas, to conduct surveys.
• These field survey agents used to carry numerous sheets of paper and filled
them up manually.
• Even a small change in a survey form required the entire bunch of sheets to be
reprinted. The same had to be distributed to all the field survey agents placed
in remote areas.
• Also, the responses from the surveys contained many human errors
sometimes requiring the survey to be conducted again.
• This manual process not only consumed time but also decreased productivity.
• The client, thus, required an on-the-go solution for its field survey agents to
conduct surveys.
Neev Solution
• Neev’s approach involved making an app that avoids human errors while increasing
productivity manifold. The solution involved a Web application and an Android client
app.

• The Web Application is an admin console for the authorized user to create, edit and
publish surveys and to view the responses near real-time. The admin can selectively
publish surveys.
• The client application was installed in Android devices of field survey agents.
• The agents can take surveys as per the questionnaire, click snaps of supporting
documents like the ration card/voters card using the client application.
• To keep track of the location of the field agents, the Android application sent the GPS
co-ordinates of the device to the web server every time the agent took a survey.
• The task of sending the responses and processing the filled-in forms, which would
normally take hours or even days, is now done with the click of a button with real-time
syncing of responses with the webserver.
Top Features
• Web-based questionnaire builder.
• Local storage of responses - continuous saving of responses even in areas without internet
connectivity.
• Each response gets tagged with the latitude/longitude automatically and is displayed on a
map on the web portal, along with location of data collectors and timestamp of responses.
• Useful for taking photographs of respondents or of locations or documents.
• Reports surveyor location as well as number of responses from each surveyor / auditor.
• Reports are updated online in near real-time as soon as new responses are synced.
• Provides responses in CSV files that can be viewed in Excel or used as input to other
software.

• Admin can manage users and select surveys to be made visible to each user.
• Displays results in tabular and graphical formats.
• Ensures accuracy and minimizes errors vis-à-vis paper-based solutions.
• Saves paper and decreases Ashoka’s carbon footprint.
Technology Footprint
• Tomcat
• Java
• CouchDB
• HTML/CSS
• JQuery
• Android SDK
Top Challenges
• Keeping track of the location of its field agents scattered across many regions
and verifying the authenticity of data filled in the forms proved to be a

challenge.
Clients
Partnerships
Neev Information Technologies Pvt. Ltd.

sales@neevtech.com

India - Bangalore India - Pune
The Estate, # 121,6th Floor,

#13 L’Square, 3rd Floor

Dickenson Road

Parihar Chowk, Aundh,

Bangalore-560042

Pune – 411007.

Phone :+91 80 25594416

Phone : +91-64103338

For more info on our offerings, visit www.neevtech.com

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Ashoka - A Web server – Android client application for remote field surveys with GPS tracking

  • 1. Ashoka A Web Server – Android Client Application for Remote Field Surveys with GPS tracking
  • 2. About Neev Web Mobile Magento eCommerce SaaS Applications Video Streaming Portals Rich Internet Apps Custom Development iPhone Android Windows Phone 7 HTML5 Apps Cloud AWS Consulting Partner Rackspace Joyent Heroku Google App Engine Key Company Highlights 250+ team with experience in managing offshore, distributed development. Neev Technologies established in Jan ’05 User Interface Design and User Experience Design VC Funding in 2009 By Basil Partners Performance Consulting Practices Part of Publicis Groupe Member of NASSCOM. Quality Assurance & Testing Outsourced Product Development Development Centers in Bangalore and Pune.
  • 3. A Web Server – Android Client Application for Remote Field Surveys with GPS – based tracking • Neev simplified the task of conducting surveys for the client’s field survey agents who were located in different places. • This was achieved through the Field Survey application. • The application replaced paper-based surveys with surveys on Android devices like smart phones and tablets. • The solution consists of a web application along with an Android client and features such as GPS-based location tracking of surveyors, offline data collection and real-time online updates. • It not only increased productivity manifold but also improved accuracy.
  • 4. The Client • Ashoka, one of the world’s largest networks of social entrepreneurs, has 3000 Ashoka fellows present across 70 countries. • Ashoka was founded in the year 1980 by Bill Drayton. • It provides start-up financing, professional support services and also connects social entrepreneurs to a global pool across various businesses and social sectors. • Ashoka provides a platform to enable people to change the world. • It works in partnership with players in the private, philanthropic and citizen sectors to drive large-scale innovation.
  • 5. Business Need • Ashoka employs many field survey agents who are geographically distributed across remote areas, to conduct surveys. • These field survey agents used to carry numerous sheets of paper and filled them up manually. • Even a small change in a survey form required the entire bunch of sheets to be reprinted. The same had to be distributed to all the field survey agents placed in remote areas. • Also, the responses from the surveys contained many human errors sometimes requiring the survey to be conducted again. • This manual process not only consumed time but also decreased productivity. • The client, thus, required an on-the-go solution for its field survey agents to conduct surveys.
  • 6. Neev Solution • Neev’s approach involved making an app that avoids human errors while increasing productivity manifold. The solution involved a Web application and an Android client app. • The Web Application is an admin console for the authorized user to create, edit and publish surveys and to view the responses near real-time. The admin can selectively publish surveys. • The client application was installed in Android devices of field survey agents. • The agents can take surveys as per the questionnaire, click snaps of supporting documents like the ration card/voters card using the client application. • To keep track of the location of the field agents, the Android application sent the GPS co-ordinates of the device to the web server every time the agent took a survey. • The task of sending the responses and processing the filled-in forms, which would normally take hours or even days, is now done with the click of a button with real-time syncing of responses with the webserver.
  • 7. Top Features • Web-based questionnaire builder. • Local storage of responses - continuous saving of responses even in areas without internet connectivity. • Each response gets tagged with the latitude/longitude automatically and is displayed on a map on the web portal, along with location of data collectors and timestamp of responses. • Useful for taking photographs of respondents or of locations or documents. • Reports surveyor location as well as number of responses from each surveyor / auditor. • Reports are updated online in near real-time as soon as new responses are synced. • Provides responses in CSV files that can be viewed in Excel or used as input to other software. • Admin can manage users and select surveys to be made visible to each user. • Displays results in tabular and graphical formats. • Ensures accuracy and minimizes errors vis-à-vis paper-based solutions. • Saves paper and decreases Ashoka’s carbon footprint.
  • 8. Technology Footprint • Tomcat • Java • CouchDB • HTML/CSS • JQuery • Android SDK
  • 9. Top Challenges • Keeping track of the location of its field agents scattered across many regions and verifying the authenticity of data filled in the forms proved to be a challenge.
  • 12. Neev Information Technologies Pvt. Ltd. sales@neevtech.com India - Bangalore India - Pune The Estate, # 121,6th Floor, #13 L’Square, 3rd Floor Dickenson Road Parihar Chowk, Aundh, Bangalore-560042 Pune – 411007. Phone :+91 80 25594416 Phone : +91-64103338 For more info on our offerings, visit www.neevtech.com