Tech transfer process links Oklahoma inventions and jobs

By Scott Meacham Modified: July 1, 2014 at 7:00 pm •  Published: June 30, 2014
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The universities and research institutions in Oklahoma produce some amazing inventions.

It’s particularly exciting when one of those technologies exits the research lab and becomes the basis for a new startup company.

Synercon Technologies (www.synercontechnologies.com), a spinout from the University of Tulsa, was founded in August of last year by Jeremy Daily, Ph.D., an associate professor of mechanical engineering and nationally recognized expert in traffic crash forensics. The company solves a real-world problem in determining the cause of accidents.

Modern trucks and most cars have electronic control modules (think “black box”) that collect data from the normal operation of the vehicle as well as additional data when the vehicle is involved in an accident.

The electronic control module data is extracted and used to help determine the cause of the accident, especially when there is serious injury or death. However, extracting the data from heavy vehicles requires equipment and software specific to the engine of the vehicle involved. Investigators will show up with tools, but they might not be the right ones. Additionally, moving the vehicle often destroys event data and other information pertinent to the crash.

The Synercon Forensic Link Adapter (FLA) solves this problem. The adapter is a self-contained computer that works with multiple types of vehicle engines and downloads forensic data in a safe, secure, and encrypted format.

Synercon is a great illustration of linking Oklahoma invention and Oklahoma jobs.

First, Synercon is built on technology transferred from one of our state’s many outstanding universities and research institutions. The University of Tulsa is an important contributor to the formation of high growth companies in Tulsa and the region.



DID YOU KNOW?

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, about 500,000 trucking accidents occur in the United States every year.

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