HaulHub Announces New Patent Application
BY AsphaltPro Staff
HaulHub Technologies, Boston, announced the United States Patent and Trademark Office has issued a notice of allowance for its patent application, serial number 17/513,745. This patent application is directed to the use of a digital chain-of-custody system for construction materials that is resilient to wireless connectivity disruption. HaulHub reported on its website: “State transportation agencies nationwide are leading the charge to implement e-Ticketing as a standard operating procedure on construction job sites across the United States. However, the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) estimates that 68% of the nation’s lane miles are in rural areas, often the same areas which lack reliable cell phone coverage, ensuring operational connectivity is still a massive challenge and prevents technology adoption.”
“DOT field staff need a reliable solution they can use under any circumstance. Even job sites with 5G phone service still lose internet access from time to time,” said Joe Spinelli, HaulHub’s CEO and founder. HaulHub’s DOTslip application, relies on the newly allowed patent application to ensure that the inspector can accept, reject, and record quality information or other load details without reliance on internet connectivity, allowing the project to continue seamlessly.
HaulHub’s technology is designed to ensure that industry participants have an easily accessible, reliable and cost-effective solution that works on all job sites. The newly allowed patent application more specifically covers the ability for any information about the load to be used to reconcile the work performed by the inspector into the chain of custody for construction materials. This innovation goes beyond connectivity issues, as it also directly aligns industry participants with Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) objectives and guidelines for using e-Tickets as source records for payment on Federally funded projects.
The underlying technology covered by the newly allowed patent application is designed to work in tandem with the technology behind US Patent No. 11,210,635 to provide simple, inexpensive, and intuitive options for supply chain stakeholders to participate.
For more information, visit the HaulHub website.