Cott Systems Inc., with over 400 active land and court systems installed across 20 states, has been an innovator in public records management for over 125 years.
In 1888, Cott Systems began serving local governments by providing record and index books. With the evolution of computer technology we enhanced our relationship with local governments by expanding our services to them. As a Service Bureau, we provided data processing services and produced alphabetized indexes for land records and other county records.
In the 1970's, computer technology became affordable for large government entities. We offered systems and developed software that provided our customers with the ability to produce alphabetized indexes on site. We complemented this service by providing long-term merges of records from flexible disks or magnetic tape.
In the 1980's, dramatic decreases in the cost of computer systems made it possible for many local governments to take advantage of improved efficiencies and store a large volume of data on their own system. Cott software enabled our customers to create their own index print outs. With this increased county office independence also came the opportunity for local governments to improve customer service and realize fee income by providing the private sector with computer access to public records.
In the early 1990's, Cott provided local governments the opportunity to offer public access to their indexing systems through dial-up modems. Now, with the use of internet access widely accepted, Cott Systems offers public access to local government records through the internet.
As imaging systems became more sophisticated, and the ability to scan documents into an electronic file became a reality - Cott's software will attach images of documents to their corresponding index. Cott has also utilized new technology and client server platforms to provide local governments the ability to communicate with not only the local government offices, but anywhere in the world.
For more than 100 years, local governments have counted on Cott Systems to help them automate, manage, and store information. Government offices that use our solutions are able to eliminate duplicate steps, reduce errors, and experience better document work flow while maintaining their current staffing levels.