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GPS units will help the Colorado Department of Transportation track billboards to ensure they comply with regulations.
Thousands of billboards stand amidst Colorado's landscapes. Ensuring that these billboards comply with federal and state laws can be difficult for the Colorado Department of Transportation. Its Roadside Advertising Program is making it easier for personnel to figure out which billboards comply with regulations. The program is enhancing a database that includes a billboard's location, size, ownership info and photo. CDOT bought seven GPS units with internal digital cameras and user-friendly software that field personnel can use to submit additional data and photos to previous reports. The units operate much like PDAs, so little to no special training is needed to use the device in order to submit info. The units can also access a single file for each structure, eventually allowing field personnel to instantly see the history of a structure and its compliance with regulations.