For the Tijdelijk Noodfonds Energie (literally translated as Temporary Energy Emergency Fund), Fyndoo developed the verification model that determines whether a household is entitled to an energy allowance. If the answer is yes, the calculation engine quickly and easily determines the amount to be paid out.
The emergency fund is an initiative of a number of energy companies, civil society parties and the central government. Low-income households can appeal to the fund if they are (or risk being) financially strapped.
Fyndoo, a product of ICT company Topicus, was involved as a technical party in the development of the so-called Emergency Fund check. With this calculation tool, consumers can assess whether it makes sense for them to apply for a payment from the fund and do so immediately. For now, energy suppliers pumped €24.5 million into the money depot; the state doubled the deposit, with a maximum of €50 million.
Not very far from home
Shoulder to shoulder
"We are literally going to help prevent people sitting out the cold! We really did that shoulder to shoulder, without pointing at each other when something unforeseen occurred."
Time as a key factor
"The short time leading up to the launch was equally exciting. We wanted the project very much, but it had to be feasible, doable and scalable."
Maybe still tweaking
Server with the least load
Verbraak explains how two more releases were made while the Emergency Fund check was already live. "The users didn't notice any of that. So we could just make improvements on the fly." This was possible thanks to the state-of-the-art techniques used to set up the system.
Every time a user calls the calculator, that request goes to the server with the least load at that time. "If one goes down, users don't notice anything," according to Verbraak. "Not even if the load is very high. Then they automatically switch on. That's very cool. And also that you can release an upgrade without downtime.
What happens next? "We deliver our files to the foundation that manages the emergency fund," says Kok. "Which in turn arranges communication with the participating energy companies."
Pensions and allowances
As far as is known now, the Emergency Fund check should do its job for a few months. But as far as Fyndoo is concerned, more and similar applications are conceivable. "In the government domain, we could make a similar calculation model for determining the amount and entitlement to allowances," is Verbraak's suggestion. In the financial domain, premium calculations for insurance and pensions are a possible application, or sustainability scores and company valuations. "I could imagine us helping parties do that," he says.