We acted as a partner for 'Zonnekaart'
1. Ensuring good communication as an intermediary
AUSY Solutions, our internal project department, acted as an intermediary between the different parties that were involved in developing the application. Good communication is crucial if you want to create a successful product!
2. API provides all the necessary information
We also supplied the application infrastructure. What does that mean? A lot of different departments provided data for the 'Zonnekaart'. Moreover, the Flemish Energy Agency held a database with data on, amongst others, installers and energy distributors.
So a lot of information comes together in 1 application. We created an API: a centralized system where a large part of that information can be stored. Drupal 8 allows the agency to manage all the data in the backend easily.
3. Media attention: monitoring application and keeping it online
When the 'Zonnekaart' was launched, it got a lot of media attention. The high amount of visitors presented some challenges. But we succeeded in facing these challenges thanks to our rapid response!
We monitored the application together with the different departments. We made the resources grow gradually to make sure that the application could stay online, despite the many visitors.
Tweet: Zonnekaart won an e-gov award for open data! @Barttommelein celebrated this achievement together wit @energiesparenbe @info_vlaanderen @VITObelgium @GIM_nv @ausybelgium - apps.energiesparen.be/zonnekaart
Every year, digital projects of public authorities that facilitate the life of citizens and entrepreneurs have a shot at winning an Agoria e-Gov Award.
In December 2017, the 'Zonnekaart' won the award for the use of open data! Moreover, the application got nominated for its user-friendliness.
Our colleagues Brahim (Drupal Team Lead) and Kevin (Project Manager) got invited to the office of minister Bart Tommelein. We celebrated the good news, together with the Flemish Energy Agency, Informatie Vlaanderen, VITO and GIM.