Below are the finalists for the Best Customer App and their project descriptions.  The winner of this category will be announced on Tuesday, April 29th at the CITE conference. 

BEST CUSTOMER APP
 Company  Project Description
Project Lead
City of Columbus
MyColumbus mobile application, which aggregates data from a variety of internal and external sources, such as the City’s GIS repository, Columbus.gov, Google, CitySearch, etc. to make information on city services as well as neighborhood services available to users of the app. Uses integrated technologies such as GPS for location services, RSS for City news feeds, a social media center, livestreaming of City Council meetings and push alerts. Moez Chaabouni
Deputy Director, Department of Technology
Insurance Auto Auctions, Inc. IAA Buyer App for the Tablet, which provides fast mobile access to vehicle information so users can bid, buy and win their auction items across up to 8 live auctions at a time. Fast to download (at 30MB in size) and quick to navigate by design, the app catalogs the 200,000+ vehicles in inventory. Features alerts on bidding status and ability to pay through the app. John Krupnik
Vice President and Chief Technology Officer
      
Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services
Cross-platform mobile app that lets those receiving services comply with requirement to submit documents verifying eligibility (birth certificate, rent statement, paystub etc.) with their smartphone. Recipients can photograph document and easily submit, initiating process for review in agency. App also shows account balances for benefits.Laura Chavez,
 Information Technology Manager II
The Hertz Corp.
Mobile Gold Alerts service, which communicates with Gold-status customers via SMS message to share rental information and provides them with the ability to upgrade their assigned car or select a “deal of the day” from their mobile device.  
Scott Gaines,
Vice President, Strategic Initiatives
tradeMONSTER Group tradeMONSTER mobile, an HTML5 mobile trading platform for options traders. Includes complex patent-pending conflation techniques to stream market data, adjusting to a user’s bandwidth and varying networks.  Processes 8 billion market data quotes in the backend in a span of 6.5 hours, adhering to performance and reliability standards.
Danny Maguire,
Vice President, Project Management