Pavia Systems, a 10-year-old Seattle startup, has raised a $3 million funding round to help continue building out its platform that helps governments, contractors, equipment manufacturers and other customers inspect transportation-related infrastructure more efficiently.
The company, which spun out of the University of Washington back in 2005, develops mobile applications that replace the paper and pen method of inspection that’s traditionally been used in the transportation industry. Pavia’s flagship product is HeadLight, which is used by road-owning government agencies to submit daily reports with photos and videos, speed up data collection, and provide real-time project updates, among other features.
Pavia last month inked a key deal with the Washington State Department of Transportation, which is using the startup’s software for high-profile projects like the SR-520 Floating Bridge and the Alaskan Way Viaduct replacement tunnel.
“They were doing all their inspections and documentations in a paper notebook, then driving that back to the office and entering information in PDF-style forms and saving it to a computer system,” Pavia CEO George White said of WSDOT. “Now they use our software to capture all that field info and automatically create documentation they need from the job site.”
Pavia originally started selling online training materials to clients in the transportation industry, but pivoted to develop on-the-job tools.
“The key differentiator for us is our focus on the transportation industry,” White said. “It’s one thing to have general tools that can capture some information, but for us, before we wrote a line of code or designed one screen, we did six months of data gathering, sitting with customers, visiting the field, and talking with engineers to figure out the real business problem.”
The company, which was previously bootstrapped, isn’t disclosing who invested in the $3 million round. Pavia employs nine and will use the fresh funding to grow its team and expand nationwide. Other co-founders include Si Katara, Joe Mahoney, and Steven Muench.