Omnichannel Strategy Improves Citizen Engagement
Omnichannel Strategy Improves Citizen Engagement
Omnichannel Strategy Improves Citizen Engagement

Background

Mission Viejo, one of the largest master-planned communities located in the United States wanted to engage its community and residents better by delivering best-in-class web and mobile experience. Ameex was approached to enhance their website and build a new mobile app that allows citizens to access information faster and learn about the services offered by the city easily.

Roadmap Development

Being early adopters of innovative technology solutions, the city wanted to strengthen its digital presence by delivering highly engaging experience across devices. Our team of Digital Strategists, Drupal Consultants, and UX Experts worked very closely with their internal stakeholders to identify user experience gaps, assessed the platform capabilities, and developed a strategic roadmap to deliver optimum experience across channels.

Initial Findings and Proposed Solution

Website

  • High developer dependency for content authoring and publishing.
  • Site navigation challenges and broken links affected user experience.
  • Improper functioning of key features such as events, calendar, and site search.
  • Issues with the hosting server resulted in slow-loading pages and poor performance.

Mobile

  • Mobile app was built on proprietary technology and it is not very flexible or customizable.
  • Large app size (150 MB) made users refrain from downloading it.
  • App content was stored locally by JSON resulted in frequent data storage and management.
  • Required better app permission management to overcome privacy concerns
  • High on maintenance.
Having a track record of building next-gen digital solutions for cities and government agencies, our team proposed a solution of leveraging Drupal’s backend to manage website and mobile experience.

Building a cutting-edge Mobile app on Drupal & Flutter

We devised a cross-platform framework for building the new mobile app where the frontend was built on Flutter and the content is augmented from Drupal’s backend API. This innovative mobile architecture helped in,

  • Native Mobile Experience: Frictionless experience for both iOS and Android users.
  • Faster Development: Single code base for multiple operating systems saved up to 80% of the development time.
  • Low App Size: Lighter framework helped in reducing app size drastically.
  • Easy Maintenance: Security patches and platform updates can be installed easily.
  • Cost Advantage: Reduced overall app development & maintenance cost.

Unlocked the full potential of Augmented Reality (AR)

The client had implemented AR functionality to display hotels and shopping centers in the city. We migrated the same to the new mobile platform without any code loss and also made UX enhancements to provide deeply engaging experience.

Empowering Content Authoring Experience

With the decoupled architecture, content authors can easily edit or publish content with minimal developer support and provide information to citizens quickly.

Resolving Privacy Concerns

Best security practices were followed to prevent data leaks and security threats. Basic data encryption was enabled by default to protect users’ personal details.

Offline Mobile Access

To improve usability when lacking network reception, we developed an offline mode in mobile app that allowed users to access their data, save interactions, and communicate when the network is available.

Value Delivered

Website

  • Easy Content Authoring Experience – Empowered internal teams to create content with minimal developer support.
  • Improved User Engagement – Seamless navigation experience helped citizens access information faster and increase engagement rate.
  • Better Accessibility – WCAG AA compliance for better accessibility to all citizens.
  • No Website Downtime – After enhancing the cloud, there was no website downtime and we improved operational resilience too.

Mobile

  • Significant Increase in Daily Active Users
  • Reduced App Size by 50%
  • Enabled Real-time Information Updates
  • <2 Seconds – App page load time

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