QR code or Barcodes are methods of asset identification, not asset authentication. The difference is that “asset authentication” initiates a process, like opening a door or starting the fuel pump while asset identification only is to recognize that asset, say for inventory in warehouses. 

The nature of a printed image (on a sticker) makes it vulnerable to intruders and fraudsters. 

One can easily take a picture of a barcode on his mobile phone and use it elsewhere to fuel another vehicle for instance. 

A nozzle reader provides an easy method of authenticating the vehicle while fueling as it doesn’t add any extra step of scanning a barcode to the fueling process. 

RFID tags are plugged on the inlet neck of the vehicle tanks and read by the nozzle readers as part of the fueling practice. 

Additionally, Gatex Nozzle Reader is designed to read the tags from within the 5cm range and it provides an anti-theft feature by ensuring that the fuel goes into the tank of the authenticated vehicle. 

And that our tags are engineered for commercial vehicles, are robust and dustproof as seen in the attached picture.

Notwithstanding the above, if you need a barcode-like sticker-type authentication method, we strongly recommend electronic stickers as seen below, rather than a printed (barcode) sticker that can easily be duplicated. 

Smetron FCS 2.0 utilizes a single flow meter for both IN and OUT transactions. This only flow meter appears as two distinct IDs on the reports so as you have installed two flow meters, one to receive the fuel and the other to deliver the fuel.

Operators can simply choose IN to receive fuel in order to fill the tanker or OUT to deliver fuel and fill the customer’s fleet. FCS 2.0 controls the valves automatically without the need for human intervention.

FCS2.0 is a response to our customer’s needs in all fuel distribution sectors like construction companies and fuel suppliers where daily reconciliation of their tanker deliveries is important to their business. FCS2.0 logs IN and OUT and opening/closing balances of the day automatically without the need for an additional flow meter and eliminates operator-controlled manual valves to avoid human dependency delays and mistakes.

Using Smetron cloud-based reporting dashboard, daily, weekly or monthly Reconciliation Reports are generated on a few clicks of a mouse.

Smetron manufactures the best-in-class cloud-connected mobile tankers for high flow fleet fueling. The RFID based vehicle recognition system authenticates the receiving vehicle wirelessly and eliminates the possibility of any fuel pilferage.

Several alerts are set to the mobile phones of the operations team to monitor and control their tankers remotely. The tankers are visible along their specified routes with our embedded GPS tracking solution to ensure they are on the track and deliver the fuel as scheduled.

Fuel-EYE provides you with a featured dashboard inclusive of fuel management reports and analytic tools, remote control mechanisms over your assets, vehicles and stations, definition pages and status reports

How it works

By installing RFID tags in or around the inlet of the fuel tanks of all owned vehicles, equipment, and machinery, all dispensing operations are strictly restricted to RFID tag holders registered in the system. The fuel dispenser will not pump the fuel until a certain procedure is followed. This might vary from one application to another but things like driver ID, fuel issuer ID, odometer reading, and project or delivery note number are standard.

Once the vehicle, the driver, and the fuel issuer are authenticated and the odometer reading is captured, Fuel-EYE activates the pump. The flow meter counts and volumes are digitally displayed on the Smetron totalizer.

All this data is transmitted to the Smetron cloud servers for record-keeping and reporting purposes. A replica of the transactions is stored in the internal database of the fuel controller forever.

Each transaction is uploaded to the server within a few seconds after the fueling ends. If the network is not accessible, the transactions are kept in the internal memory for further upload attempts once the network is available. There is no limit on the number of stored transactions in the internal database of the controllers.

The system positions all the fuel management personnel on top of things by providing them the vital data relevant to each role player in the form of detailed transactions logs instantly as they occur and remote control mechanisms accessible on the web via connected devices, with user credentials, access levels, rights and privileges assigned to each role player in the company.

This could only have been possible with full automation of all fueling events and operations, their instant transmission to the cloud servers for logging and recording in the data banks for further analysis so as to provide real-time data on the relevant dashboards as well as generate various reports on schedule and on-demand and produce alerts and notifications to the directly concerned parties.

Just as computerized accounting software revolutionized manual accounting back in the ’70s, this is considered our day’s revolution in Automated Fuel Management and Automated Fluid Accounting.

In this manner, operator errors and mischiefs are eliminated and by placing strict control measures like trip allowance and periodic fuel quota and calculating fuel consumption, at the end of the day all the figures must add up and the received quantities should reconcile to the dispensed amounts. With REST API provided, all data can easily be integrated with any ERP system, too.

The system is basically determined to increase the efficiency of the entire operation by providing real-time accurate information to the fuel management team and ensuring ample availability of fuel in the stationary storage tanks and mobile tankers, no abnormality is permitted without full scrutiny. Thereby theft, leakage, over-consumption, and wastage are quickly addressable.

This all translates directly into higher income by increased efficiency and productivity and lower costs by utilizing fewer human and machine resources and preventing wastage and loss.

Generating fuel bills and customer invoices are highly simplified backed with solid proof of a transaction with its timestamp and all other details.

Access can be granted to clients to log onto the system and generate the delivery notes of their fleet fueling to approve and process suppliers’ invoices.

Just as well, internally within companies with own fueling stations, each fueling transaction can be related to an expense center like a division or a project for project cost calculations.

The system can show current and past fuel levels in stationary vertical and horizontal storage tanks and mobile tanks selectively or accumulatively as well as show current and past received and dispensed quantities in and out of all authorized tanks.

On average, the initial investment necessary to implement the Smetron Fuel-Eye is typically between 1 and 3 percent of the company’s annual fuel bill payable once. The cool thing is that the existing dispensers, nozzles, pumps, meters, and power supplies stay intact. The Fuel-Eye hardware work in conjunction with most existing hardware with the addition of a digital display to show the messages and instructions as well as the dispensed quantities.

The system is estimated to save companies up to 17% on their annual fuel spend so it would be safe to say the return of investment is well within the first year.