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Heavy Vehicle digital forensics technology wins patent

University of Tulsa Associate Professor Jeremy Daily and a group of engineering and computer science students have received a patent for their work in crash recovery systems. The Forensic Link Adapter is a forensic recovery and preservation system used by highway patrol organizations, forensic engineers, insurance companies and attorneys. The device recovers forensic crash data for heavy duty tractor trailers.

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The system was commercialized through Synercon Technologies, a TU startup created in 2013. The award allows Synercon to move forward with continued production and distribution using patented technology.

“In engineering, we value patents like we value journal papers,” Daily said. “Any time a faculty member can publish a patent, it increases the overall publication output of the university.”

Synercon Technologies holds an exclusive license to the patent’s intellectual property and generates revenue through negotiated royalty rates. Four years after Daily launched Synercon with the help of students, the startup continues to grow in revenue and customers. Two TU alumni currently work for Synercon Technologies in downtown Tulsa. Daily said the patented technology is a great example of how TU undergraduate and graduate students regularly participate in cutting edge research.

“An exciting part of this award is that it heavily involved students,” Daily said. “Jose Corcega (BS ’13, MS ’16), James Johnson (BS ’09, MS ’11, PhD ’14) and Andrew Kongs are co-inventors on this project and helped file the patent as students.”

Learn more about the Forensic Link Adapter at Synercon Technologies, LLC.