PetroLink fuel control
system offers wireless
fleet vehicle monitoring
Oct 18, 2010 2:13 PM
OPW Fuel Management Systems, part of OPW Fueling Components, offers the PetroLink fuel control system. PetroLink is a completely wireless system that monitors fleet vehicle identification, mileage, and other important fueling information through the use of RFID technology.
PetroLink has been designed to provide a high level of fuel security, accountability, and control while accurately capturing data without driver intervention—all without wires, special swivels, fuel-authorization cards, or time-consuming installation. The system will not allow fuel to be dispensed unless the proper RFID tag is identified. Ease of fuel reconciliation is a key benefit from PetroLink, which consists of four easy-to-use-and-install components, two of which are placed on the vehicle and two installed at the fueling station:
•Wireless Tank Transceiver Loop Antenna (TAG)—mounts around the vehicle’s fuel filler pipe. Adaptable to any vehicle, the transceiver cannot be removed without deactivation.
•Vehicle Meter (VM)—installed on the vehicle and reads the vehicle’s odometer and/or hour gauge and transmits mileage or engine hours to the Wireless Communication Unit.
•Wireless Communication Unit (WCU)—records data from the nozzle antenna and vehicle meter’s RFID tag and transmits it to the fueling location’s Fuel Site Controller (FSC3000). The WCU is compatible with OPW FMS’ Phoenix fuel-management software.
•Nozzle Antenna (Reader)—a wireless transceiver mounted on the fueling nozzle. This antenna reads the vehicle’s RFID tag and transmits information to the WCU. The information is relayed by the nozzle antenna prevents cross-contamination of fuel and ensures that the proper fuel type is dispensed into the vehicle.
When a vehicle outfitted with a PetroLink tag is being fueled, the fuel nozzle antenna reads the tag and transmits vehicle data to the WCU, which records the driver’s data, as well as the hardware number of the meter installed in the vehicle. The WCU then queries the meter to get an accurate odometer reading before fueling is allowed to begin. This completely wireless process takes just seconds to execute.
For more information, go to www.OPWGlobal.com.
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