MDC Suite

Project Summary

Timmons Group developed a suite of web and mobile applications for the Missouri Department of Conservation including MO Hunting, MDC Agent and Agent Online applications.

MO Hunting
Missouri hunters can now get high-tech help reporting their telechecks while out in the field with the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) MO Hunting mobile application for smart phones and tablets.
The MO Hunting application, available on iTunes and Google Play, enables Missouri hunters, anglers, and trappers to purchase, view, and store annual hunting, fishing, and trapping permits and associated details, as well as view permits purchased during the previous year. This application will allow hunters to notch their permit and Telecheck their harvest directly from their deer or turkey permit within the application, using an easy-to-use form. MO Hunting also enables hunters to view all deer and turkey which they have previously checked and the associated details.
MDC hired Timmons Group because of our unique ability to take requirements and deliver targeted, innovative solutions.

MDC Agent Online and Mobile
Timmons Group was asked by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) to address the issue of officer support and safety while in the field. Specifically, MDC wanted to better inform their conservation officers about possible illegal activity, while making information about specific hunters readily available. A specific difficultly was compiling the various data sources that held the permits sold, hunters registered, and kills logged. Because the data was stored in different environments, gleaning the proper data and relating and displaying it seamlessly was a significant challenge.
MDC Agent solution runs natively on IOS, and allows an officer to look up detailed information on a hunter. By scanning the barcode on the hunter’s permit, the officer is able to view that person’s hunting record, including the permits they own and the kills they have logged. They are also able to view whether the hunter is being watched by another officer on suspicion of illegal activity. In early 2015 the app will also make arrest records available to the officer, which will alert the officer if the hunter has a violent criminal record, or has been repeating offenses. Officers are also able to search for a hunter by social security number, last name, or other related data.
In addition to the information they receive from MDC Agent, an officer is alerted via Apple Notifications on their phone when illegal activity has happened in their region. By regularly analyzing incoming data on logged kills and purchased permits, a backend service designed by Timmons Group and MDC is able to recognize suspicious behavior and disseminate alerts to the proper officers.
MDC Agent has been warmly received by the protection agents at MDC. It has been praised for its speed in retrieving hunter information, and officers much prefer scanning a barcode with their phone over typing out a manual search. With more information available to them and less time spent retrieving it, officers have praised Agent Mobile for increasing officer safety in the field.