With billions of dollars set to flow into road projects in Texas, officials decided to expedite the paper process associated with these projects through the use of tablets. Inspectors will be outfitted with tablet computers that will connect construction sites with the mounds of data required to manage, maintain and build highways.

The Houston Chronicle's Dug Begley spoke with Si Katara, co-founder of Pavia Systems, which makes the software for inspectors. Katara spoke of how the program has been tested in other road construction projects and the increased levels of efficiency that came with the use of the tablets:

Across the three states and 31 construction projects, use of the tablets gave each inspector more than 100 minutes of additional time per day for inspecting materials and facilities, while increasing the amount of data they supplied by 275 percent per day.

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