El Paso County hires local firm to develop mobile apps

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El Paso County citizens will soon have access to county forms and records from their mobile devices.

The county hired Colorado Springs-based Ideavise, Inc. to design mobile applications that will give citizens easy access to such offices as the County Assessor and County Clerk.

The county is in the process of moving toward a portal system, said Dave Rose, El Paso County spokesman. This year, for example, was the first year residents could pay property taxes online using their credit cards.

Ideavise was hired to work with the county’s Information Technology Division to design mobile apps “to make county information more readily accessible,” Rose said.

The assessor and clerk websites are two of the most visited sites within the county. The county assessor joked that if all the people who access the site physically came to the office there would be a line out the door and he would need to hire three times the staff, Rose said.

Through mobile apps, the information can be accessed right from a smart phone, Rose said.

The county signed a one-year contract with Ideavise not to exceed $50,000.

“The general idea is to give better access to information and personalize that and to tailor that information based on the user,” said Brian DeLong, Ideavise founder.

Brian DeLong, founder of Ideavise, will work on mobile apps for El Paso County.

Ideavise will work on the mobile app project to coincide with the release of the new county portal system, which is projected from some time in the fourth-quarter of this year, Rose said.

“This is the year we step into it,” he said. “It’s not only to make (the county) more transparent but it is so citizens can interface with the county – it’s more efficient.”

DeLong started Ideavise in 2008 and the company specializes in design, marketing, branding and technological services for clients in Colorado, California, New York and now has international clients. In

In 2010, the company made a move into the mobile application world and recently developed a mobile app for the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, which wanted to leave behind the stack of paperwork it collects on more than 3,000 Olympic athletes. Ideavise developed a paperless sample collection mobile app for the organization, which is responsible for testing athletes for prohibited substances.

“We’re excited about the creative opportunity to provide our fellow county residents with new mobile options for quickly and easily accessing information, receiving alerts, retrieving data and providing input to elected officials,” DeLong said.