Suntoucher LLC
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some of our work

Wildnote
The Best-of Class App for Environmental Compliance and Monitoring
After the success of FRS, we knew we had to build a time-saving Android and iOS mobile app for the Environmental-Services community, and we did. Wildnote is a comprehensive digital solution that makes environmental work easier. Simplified data collection, robust photo management, and quick-click reporting make life better for those doing environmental work.
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We achieved what we wanted. Wildnote is making environmental work more efficient. Customizing surveys and collecting data is simple, the powerful web app organizes and links data and photos automatically, and reporting is just three clicks and done. Environmental-consulting firms, mitigation banks, land conservancies, environmental regulatory agencies, utility companies, universities, citizen science projects, and individual biologists now see our vision complete, and they like it – achieving more productivity with less effort produces more competitive bidding, met budgets, more profit, and less burnout from stress.
Field Reporting System
PG&E Environmental Compliance Tracking App
Information managed... Developed for PG&E, Field Reporting System (FRS) App is a sleek, powerful environmental compliance reporting application we designed to help everyone involved in the company's myriad construction projects to collect, monitor, maintain - and comprehend - the thousands of environmental compliance reports generated each month.
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As we'd hoped when we first began designing the app, FRS has - literally - made everyone's job easier. Environmental inspectors and specialty monitors submit field reports quickly and effortlessly. Project managers maintain full access to current, complete data. And executives gain a birds-eye view of environmental compliance issues for every project. Some software actually does make life easier.
UNU
An Engaging Online Collaboration of Swarm Intelligence™
Obstacles overcome... When inventor Louis B. Rosenberg approached us with an innovative idea for an online Swarm Intelligence™ platform (go.unu.ai), his vision required we reinvent the way traditional online interaction is built.
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Construct 2 is the underlying component that powers UNU. We built a Ruby on Rails framework to manage and house the entire Construct 2 Swarm Engine which uses HTML 5. This allows participants in the swarm to store user info and access historical results from previous Swarms. Sessions are hosted via a Node.js app on an Amazon Web Services through virtual EC2 web servers. We integrated a robust set of features using the cloud to build a scalable hosting architecture that would have otherwise required a ton of unnecessary hardware and infrastructure.
EPM Catalog
PG&E Environmental Protection Measures Catalog App
History lessons learned... When PG&E undertakes any kind of construction project, there are (almost) countless environmental measures that planners agree to abide by so that minimal - or no - environmental damage is erroneously done. Choosing which measures to follow is the trick. History can help us avoid mistakes made in the past, but only if history is recorded accurately, completely, and in a way that future generations can actually access. That's where we came in.
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After conducting across-the-board research with planners from throughout PG&E, we developed a comprehensive, interactive environmental protection measure catalog that enables them to quickly and easily collect, vet, organize and reference their approved measures. Simply put, the program we created shows them what measures work, what don't, and why. It does it much more accurately and efficiently than the old way, and it does it in a fraction of the time.
A.I. Magic App
Our Favorite iPhone Prank Magic App
Abracadabra… A.I. Magic is a prank and magic app that simulates the features of your phone, making it appear as if your iPhone's virtual assistant, Siri, can read minds. When magician and prankster Rich Ferguson (richferguson.com) approached us with this idea, we jumped at the opportunity.
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Despite our impressive track record building web-based apps, A.I Magic presented a unique challenge because it emulates the look and feel of many native Apple interfaces. We were able to work closely with Apple's approval team and got them to give us their elusive green light. Rich’s magic is now – literally – in the hands of pranksters everywhere.
HCAdirectory
Ventura County Health Care Agency Directory App
A healthy system... The Ventura County Health Care Agency is an enormous, complex organization with many locations and a constantly changing list of health care providers. With an unremitting need to keep their records current and the public informed, they asked us to create a custom content management system that would benefit both staff and patients by being easy, efficient, accurate and cost-effective.
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We developed a trouble-free backend CMS interface for the staff and an easy frontend search engine component for the public. Frankly, both are pretty nifty. The CMS interface allows for the time-consuming process of manual website updates to be completely automated. And the search engine feature is a stand-alone web app, so it can be easily - and affordably - integrated into any future website expansions or redesigns. We succeeded in achieving the rarest of accomplishments in the healthcare industry: we made the staff, the patients and the doctors happy.
PH EPI Portal
Public Health Epidemiology Outbreak Reporting App
Here’s to your health… When the Ventura County Health Care Agency approached us with the need for software that would help them track and manage health-related outbreaks, we couldn’t say no. The news always seems to be filled with stories of various health epidmics and sickness; we wanted to help health professionals do something about it.
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We developed this data collection app using Hanuman (our online survey engine) and housed it in Rails. This unique design gave the VCHCA (and hospitals, schools, and other facilities) a flexible, powerful and completely customizable tool with which to survey, track and report on any type of outbreak. Built to meet all HIPAA compliance standards, all data within the portal is encrypted for absolute privacy. It’s not just about efficiency: sometimes it’s good to know the apps we build are contributing to the greater good.
Conrad
Chevron Cost Engineering App
Fast, flexible, powerful software... When Chevron announced it would implement new cost reporting requirements for vendors as of 2012, many companies like Remedial Transportation Services needed to act fast. Chevron, after all, was their largest client. RTS asked us to help create software that would allow them to meet the newly established reporting requirements - and preserve the valuable working relationship with Chevron that they'd spent years cultivating.
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Working collaboratively with the RTS staff, we created a versatile web based application that made data entry easy and report generation fast, flexible and accurate. Addressing first things first, we ultimately built a cost and safety metrics tracking app that not only exceeded RTS's expectations (and helped sustain their hard-earned vendor stature with Chevron), but our app also was recognized by Chevron as the benchmark reporting approach they preferred for all other vendors. Good things happen when people work together.
“I was extremely impressed with Suntoucher’s ability to understand the end goal from day one. In the design phase we were always on the same page. We would describe a desired feature or function, and they would build it and send it back for testing and approval.”
- Jared Spann, Area Manager for Remedial Transportation Services