In fact, more than 5,000 documents were processed through the e-STAR cashiering system the first day of operation. All cashiering workstations balanced out at the end of the day.
"We are definitely pleased to take this initial step toward electronic recording of real property documents in the next few weeks," said the Honorable Beverly Kaufman, Harris County Clerk. "The cash management component is essential to the efficient transition to electronic filing."
Landata Technologies Inc. worked over the weekend of Aug. 25 through Aug. 28 to shut down the existing cashiering system and to install the state-of-the-art cashiering workstations at the real property, personal records, probate and civil court departments in the main Harris County Clerk's office in downtown Houston. Landata Technologies also implemented the system at nine branch offices located across the county.
The company's customer support team was on-site the week before implementation, providing training to more than 70 members of the Harris County staff located in the main and branch offices - as well as during the week following the cutover. Its technical services team was on-site in Harris County for two weeks prior to cutover to coordinate hardware installation with the Harris County information technology department.
"As a result of the hard work by our team and the Harris County staff, there was not a single day of downtime for the county," said Alan Cellura, president and chief executive officer, Landata Technologies.
The e-STAR Plus cashiering module is integrated with the existing Harris County recordation system, as well as the mainframe database application supporting the county's civil and probate courts. In addition, the new module supports a credit-card swiping system and integration with the LegalEase payment system, significantly reducing data entry requirements. The direct download from the e-STAR cashiering system to the county's general ledger system eliminates hand-posting altogether.
"Our detailed site survey and design sessions with the Harris County staff ensured that this proposed system would meet and exceed Harris County's expectations," added Cellura. "We are pleased that this installation has been so successful, and look forward to implementing the e-recording module in a live session before the end of the month."
About Landata Technologies Inc.
Landata Technologies, a wholly owned subsidiary of Stewart Information Services Corp., offers Landata e-STAR Plus(TM) (an end-to-end solution that manages land records), document conversion services (document/film scanning and indexing), e-recording and data warehousing with e-commerce to government entities and title companies. More information may be found at http://www.landata.com.
Stewart Information Services Corp. (NYSE: STC) is a customer-oriented, technology-driven, strategically competitive, real estate information and transaction management company. Stewart provides title insurance and related information services required for settlement by the real estate and mortgage industries through more than 9,000 policy-issuing offices and agencies in the United States and international markets. Stewart also provides post-closing lender services, mortgage default management solutions, automated county clerk land records, property ownership mapping, geographic information systems, property information reports, flood certificates, document preparation, background checks and expertise in tax-deferred exchanges. More information can be found at http://www.stewart.com.
Stewart Information Services Corp., Houston
Ted C. Jones, 713-625-8014
Landata Technologies Inc.
Alan Cellura, 877-LANDATA (toll-free)