Missouri Patent of the Month – August 2023

Pre-fabricated, modular pavement slabs have traditionally offered an attractive alternative to continuous pour systems at least because they can be individually removed, repaired and/or replaced with relative ease. However, pre-fabricated, modular pavement slab systems have untapped potential for enabling focused, quick and low-cost maintenance and repair. Integrated Roadways, LLC is bringing this untapped potential to the market with their newly patented modular pavement slab. The design goes beyond the ordinary expectations of road construction and maintenance by introducing embedded self-monitoring and data collection, revolutionizing the way we perceive and manage our roadways.

Integrated Roadways’ modular pavement slab combines ease of maintenance with cutting-edge monitoring capabilities. This inventive system comprises a modular pavement slab equipped with a plethora of advanced features, making it a crucial contender in the world of smart infrastructure.

At its core, this modular pavement slab is not just a static element but a dynamic sensing apparatus. It comes loaded with a strain sensor array that is cleverly embedded within the body of the slab. This array acts as the road’s nervous system, detecting strains induced by vehicular traffic and external forces. The strain sensor array is designed to monitor multiple regions of the slab, offering real-time insights into how the road surface reacts to the stresses it encounters.

The system’s sensor processor takes the data from the strain sensor array and transforms it into actionable insights. This processor can determine a variety of factors – from vehicle speed and direction to weight and even tire pressure. This real-time vehicle monitoring opens up a world of possibilities, from traffic management to safety enhancements.

The system’s communication element connects seamlessly with external systems, enabling a flow of information between modular pavement slabs or broader infrastructure networks. This interconnectedness not only contributes to enhanced road management but also paves the way for a truly smart city infrastructure.

Are you developing new technology for an existing application? Did you know your development work could be eligible for the R&D Tax Credit and you can receive up to 14% back on your expenses? Even if your development isn’t successful your work may still qualify for R&D credits (i.e. you don’t need to have a patent to qualify). To find out more, please contact a Swanson Reed R&D Specialist today or check out our free online eligibility test.

Who We Are:

Swanson Reed is one of the U.S.’ largest Specialist R&D tax advisory firms. We manage all facets of the R&D tax credit program, from claim preparation and audit compliance to claim disputes.

Swanson Reed regularly hosts free webinars and provides free IRS CE and CPE credits for CPAs. For more information please visit us at www.swansonreed.com/webinars or contact your usual Swanson Reed representative.

Recent Posts