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  • Editing Team 07:51 on April 11, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Love’s Completes RFID Fueling System 

    Loves-fueling-system-RFID-blogRefueling Services Provider Love’s is completing the addition of an RFID-enabled payment system at its travel stop locations, saying it’s the first travel stop company to give customers the ability to process payment at the diesel bay through RFID technology.

    The radio frequency system operates through a secure, low-cost RFID tag placed on a truck’s windshield. The tag is detected by an antenna installed in diesel lanes at Love’s locations. The electronic signal turns the fuel pump on and off and completes a payment transaction with little driver interaction.

    RFID technology is easy for drivers to use, is a major fuel theft deterrent, and provides more accurate payment tracking information, Love’s says.

    “A gallon of diesel fuel costs roughly $4. If RFID technology can eliminate just 1% of fuel theft or other unauthorized fuel purchases, the trucking company has saved four cents per gallon,” explains Jon Archard, director of fuel marketing for Love’s.

    Stagecoach Cartage & Distribution, El Paso, Texas, has more than 100 trucks on the road using the RFID payment system at Love’s.

    “It’s a huge benefit to us by saving time at the pump and ultimately, money,” said Scott McLaughlin, president of Stagecoach Cartage & Distribution. “The entire transaction is quicker and because the process is automated, we are assured that every gallon of fuel we purchase for our trucks is going into our tanks.”

  • Editing Team 23:53 on September 10, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Neste Oil Implements RFID Vehicle Identification at Its Fueling Stations 

    Finnish-automated-vehicle-identification-rfid-blogNeste Oil, a Finnish oil refining company, has launched the FuelOmat Gold automated vehicle identification solution by Orpak at its selected truck fueling stations throughout Finland.

    The Orpak solution, based on RFID vehicle identification, is being offered to Neste Oil’s commercial fleet customers to give better control over their fleets’ refueling, reduce their fuel costs, and enable them to benefit from more convenient, secure, and faster refueling.

    FuelOmat enables fuel to be dispensed only when the nozzle is inside an authorized vehicle’s fuel tank inlet, reducing the risk of misuse. Customers no longer need to use fuel cards at Neste Oil fueling stations. Drivers simply insert the nozzle into their vehicle’s fuel or Adblue tanks and the system automatically authorizes the vehicle.

    Any attempt to remove the nozzle and refuel another vehicle will immediately suspend the process. It is also possible to collect odometer and engine hour data from the vehicle for consumption and maintenance reports and also to prevent unauthorized fuel transfer from the vehicle fuel tank.

  • Editing Team 12:18 on August 6, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Love’s Goes Cardless Transactions Using RFID Technology 

    Loves-cardless-payment-fueling-RFID-blogThe refueling services provider Love’s has completed the first successful cardless transactions using RFID technology and Comdata’s financial processing software. After successful customer tests with Comdata and DFConnect, Love’s will continue to roll out the RFID software at all travel stop locations.

    The company will have cardless fueling technology available for professional drivers at more than 100 of its locations by the end of August and the entire Love’s network of travel stops available in September.

    “We are excited about what we consider the ‘next generation’ of fuel transaction processing through RFID technology,” said Jon Archard, director of fuel marketing at Love’s.

    In addition to completing a live customer transaction using Comdata, Love’s has successfully used DFConnect for cardless fueling transactions with their fuel tanker fleet for the past year.

    “Our fleet has been very satisfied with the ease and automation of using cardless fueling technology at Love’s locations for the past year. Love’s strives to provide our customers with the most efficient and most cost-effective method of doing business with us. With the advantages provided through cardless transactions, including improved fuel theft control and a more efficient transaction process at the fuel island, we are taking a significant step in providing our customers yet another reason to choose Love’s Travel Stops.”

    RFID technology automates the fueling process with the use of low-cost RFID tags in professional driver’s vehicles. The software and RFID equipment are designed to detect a truck’s RFID tags in the fueling lane and turn on dispensers wirelessly, with little or no driver data input. RFID technology saves time for professional drivers and offers a secure financial transaction. Pumps are automatically turned off by RFID software after a truck leaves the fueling bay, which can reduce fuel theft incidents.

    Love’s is currently working with Comdata, a proven leader in processing financial transactions and QuikQ, the company that developed Fuel Island Manager software. Love’s has also successfully completed transactions using DFConnect processing and anticipates integrating additional billing card processors into the program.

  • Editing Team 12:17 on July 10, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Italian Gas Stations with Leak-Sensing RFID System 

    Wolftank, an Italian petrochemical industry technology firm that manufactures a wide range of products for gas stations and other companies, is providing a gas tank safety solution that includes a radio frequency identification sensor that can detect a potential leak and issue alerts accordingly. The system, which employs RFID technology provided by Nanotron Technologies, is currently in use by 50 fuel stations throughout Italy.

    The firm is now offering a solution known as SEF16, with a battery-powered RFID sensor to measure conditions within the underground tank, and to issue an alert in the event that a leak is detected, says Martin Majohr, Wolftank’s director of research and development.

    The Wolftank system utilizes an active RFID tag from Nanotron that transmits sensor data from an underground tank to a reader installed at the ground surface via a 2.4 GHz transmission complying with the IEEE 802.15.4a standard. The SEF16 tag is inserted into the underground chamber in which the tank is located, at the manhole opening. The tag’s sensor measures the pressure between the tank’s two walls. If the pressure changes (reaching approximately 300 millibars), the device determines that a leak may have occurred inside the inner storage wall. The tag then transmits an alert to the reader installed at the surface above the tank, with the device forwarding that alert to the gas station’s control center, usually located near or in the station office or dedicated kiosk.

    According to Majohr, the solution can also work in other applications in which hazardous materials (either oil and gas or chemicals) are stored in areas that are difficult to access, and where wired sensors can be inconvenient.

    Wolftank began installing the solution at 50 of its petroleum tank-owning customers in April 2011.

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