2. Software development
3. Branches and modules
3.2.1. Management backend
3.2.2. Public website
3.4. Data collecting
4. Contact data
5D Vision is an IT company residing in Tartu Science Park, Estonia. Since establishing 19 years ago it has focused on developing custom software solutions, based on open source software.
Nature-related information systems form most important series of applications. One of partners, Kristjan Adojaan, is a biologist - therefore activities in the field of IT systems, related to biology, are natural. Kristjan has background in educational technology - he has graduated with M.Sc degree in biology didactics in 2000.
5D expresses our vision of 5 dimensional world: first three dimensions are of space, fourth – time and we consider fifth dimension as information related to space and time. Vision declares we have our own vision of this 5D world and that right information in right place and time is the key factor that we are willing to offer to our customers and partners.
5D Vision has 4 employees. Our office is in Tartu Science Park. Annual turnover is approximately €200000.
Our main area of activities is software development. Until 2013 we also dealt with IT infrastructure maintenance contracts but then this activity was moved to separate company.
5D Vision prefers to use open source software in development projects. Usually PHP and MySQL are used. We do not offer "boxed set" of software, but we offer flexible solutions according to clients' needs. One of our key competences is linking data from different sources clients may have (accounting, web, clients, etc) to one system. During 12 years we have developed our own platform (5D Basement) that enables us to quickly set up applications with basic functionality of data registries (tables). 5D Basement is based on open source software and it works on different platforms (Linux, Windows). MySQL database serves as a database, concerning widely used and open standards, therefore enabling possible linking with other information systems. Connections and data exchange with different data sources are possible. 5D Basement may serve as an intranet or as a backend of a complex web site, managing data exchange with internal databases and public.
Applications do not require any additional software installed on workstations except common web browser (Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer). Intranet applications usually have limited access, based on user/password or other means (smartcard, like Estonian ID-card).
User interface of intranet applications, as well as management backend for public applications are similar. They contain well-known input fields, checkboxes, dropdown menus and other fields. Several fields with additional functionality (search-select, self-learning menus, etc) have been developed and can be used in all applications. Entering data into multiple related tables is possible on one input form. So called sublists enable managing data with “one to many” relations. As a standard, all registries have list view (selected columns, sorting and filtering as well as color coding accorcing to data) and form view for managing data. Experiences with dozens of applications developed ensure that user interface is easily understandable and intuitive. There is practically no need for special training to start using the applications. Specific views (calendar, etc) can be developed on request. Custom reports as a HTML page or PDF printout can be designed. Data export is also possible in XML or CSV format.
Customer subscribes to basic module of 5D Basement that provides basic functionality - sorting, filtering, joining different tables, printing, generating reports, etc. 5D Basement is flexible to enable individual developments of specific registries and functionality - usually it is required.
In recent years 5D Vision has used other open source platforms and frameworks for developing information systems, namely Yii, Laravel, Angular, Bootstrap, Framework7.
One branch of our infosystems and portals deals with environmental data. It was started in partnership with University of Tartu for creating public interface of Nature Monitoring Programme and its data management. This branch includes also website and image gallery management system created for Luitemaa Nature Reserve in the course of LIFE-project in partnership with Estonian Ornithological Society.
Most sophisticated series of tools are created in partnership with Naturegate Ltd. These tools (Species Identification Tools - SIT) enable to identify different groups of organisms, based on various structured characteristics. Currently identification of Finnish flowering plants, trees, fish, birds, butterflies and mammals are public, some more applications are prepared and being currently filled with data. An Estonian localisation of these portals at e.loodus.ee is also public.
Management backend contains 20 registries, built on 5D Basement
Public website provides users with step by step tools for identification of species. Hierarchical menus of characteristics can be used for selecting and deselecting characteristics. Modern interface enables flicker-free and fast loading of selected characteristics, values and found species. For convenience of use indication of selected/deselected characteristics and values are displayed in writing, as well as with color coding. List of found species can be displayed in paginated list of images or plain text of species. Help information, provided with sample photographs is displayed as an aid for selecting characteristics and values.
Estonian portal is dynamically linked to various other data sources, like distribution and migration maps, observation databases of Environmental agency and University of Tartu.
Bird migration maps birdmap.5dvision.ee, based on uploaded GPS data are developed in partnership with Kotkaklubi (The Eagle Club).
Forest information system for a private company - data exchange between governmental data sources and the information system along with spatial data presentation and mangement.
Data gathering for birdwatchers (vaatleja.5dvision.ee) for different outdoor activity campaigns of Estonian Ornithological Society.
Public online survey tool www.eformular.com is a tool for creating online questionnaires. We started with it almost 15 years ago and it is quite extensively used in Estonia, mainly by academic and educational people. Based on it we have developed several enhanced survey tools for University of Tartu, Ministry of Education, Tartu University Clinic and some private market research companies.
Roots of Bio DE (biotech data exchange) systems are in CRM applications, started for Asper Biotech and Solis Biodyne back in 2004. Both have evolved since then, acquiring different functions and modules according to the particular needs of the companies, and are both live and evolving solutions. In addition, we have provided some less complicated solutions to smaller biotech companies.
List of components of these systems includes Communication management and planning, Invoices, Offers, Projects, Lab Results, Stock Accounting, Client Orders, Supplier Orders, Reporting, etc.
Public website with e-shop and order management system is linked to Solis Biodyne application. Data exchange between Asper CRM and partners' system is described below.
Several similar, but still unique systems have followed this line of products. Organizing biomedical data, generating health reports based on genetic data and other analyses, exchanging data between systems, etc.
5D Vision has programmed different complicated data management and report generation systems for Biotech companies.
5D Vision has also developed data management system for private clinics (psychiatrists Jaanson & Lääne, Jaansoni Psühhiaatriakeskus, general clinic Fertilitas). The history of these applications is almost as long as the previous one.
Components include visits, time schedule and booking, ambulatory records, prescriptions, resource planning, surgery planning, etc are main modules. Data exchange with governmental e-health system and prescriptions, based on X-Road central data broker, has been developed.
Various other projects have been carried out, for example
Kristjan Adojaan, M.Sc.