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Russell Dupuy 22 Aug 2017 By Russell Dupuy

Petrol station automation

Is a lack of automation harming your retail petroleum enterprise?

Recently, I was invited to present at the Institute of Engineers Australia speaking event, ‘Retail Petroleum a case study on the Internet of Things’ to discuss the role IoT can play in improving wetstock management for enterprises, such as Viva Energy.

What struck the audience more than anything was the lack of automation in retail petroleum and the lack of device integration via an industry standard protocol to support site level connectivity. This means that a majority of petrol stations still run on manual processes that are vulnerable to error.

Whilst it’s true some electronic ‘Things’ in retail petrol station are connected, and even share information, they are very limited and further throttled back to single purpose outcomes or Use cases.

For example, it’s common for the typical Retail Petrol Station to have multiple modem or ADSL connections for;

  • Payment systems
  • Building management system
  • Automatic Tank Gauge
  • Vapour Recovery Monitoring
  • Leak Detection monitoring
  • Pie ovens, coffee machines, refrigeration and a range of other vending machine or appliances…

The sum of connection duplication costs alone add up quickly, not to mention the varying management and reporting systems. Moreover, the volume of sensitive data traffic become worrying from a data security perspective, whether the data is at rest, in flight or archived.

However, there is a viable, cost effective and secure alternative to connect on-site ‘Things’.

Fuelsuite is an end-to-end remote wetstock management system. Fuelsuite securely sends data at a site-level to the Cloud where it can be viewed and shared with the enterprise and third parties, in real-time.

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