WO2013006911A1 - A fuel bowser and reading facility - Google Patents

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WO2013006911A1
WO2013006911A1 PCT/AU2012/000834 AU2012000834W WO2013006911A1 WO 2013006911 A1 WO2013006911 A1 WO 2013006911A1 AU 2012000834 W AU2012000834 W AU 2012000834W WO 2013006911 A1 WO2013006911 A1 WO 2013006911A1
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Armando Peter FORMICA
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    • BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
    • B60VEHICLES IN GENERAL
    • B60SSERVICING, CLEANING, REPAIRING, SUPPORTING, LIFTING, OR MANOEUVRING OF VEHICLES, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
    • B60S5/00Servicing, maintaining, repairing or refitting of vehicles
    • B60S5/02Supplying fuel to vehicles; General disposition of plant in filling stations
    • GPHYSICS
    • G06COMPUTING; CALCULATING; COUNTING
    • G06QDATA PROCESSING SYSTEMS OR METHODS, SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR ADMINISTRATIVE, COMMERCIAL, FINANCIAL, MANAGERIAL, SUPERVISORY OR FORECASTING PURPOSES; SYSTEMS OR METHODS SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR ADMINISTRATIVE, COMMERCIAL, FINANCIAL, MANAGERIAL, SUPERVISORY OR FORECASTING PURPOSES, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
    • G06Q20/00Payment architectures, schemes or protocols
    • G06Q20/38Payment protocols; Details thereof
    • G06Q20/40Authorisation, e.g. identification of payer or payee, verification of customer or shop credentials; Review and approval of payers, e.g. check credit lines or negative lists
    • G06Q20/401Transaction verification
    • G06Q20/4014Identity check for transaction
    • G06Q20/40145Biometric identity checks
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    • G07CHECKING-DEVICES
    • G07FCOIN-FREED OR LIKE APPARATUS
    • G07F13/00Coin-freed apparatus for controlling dispensing or fluids, semiliquids or granular material from reservoirs
    • G07F13/02Coin-freed apparatus for controlling dispensing or fluids, semiliquids or granular material from reservoirs by volume
    • G07F13/025Coin-freed apparatus for controlling dispensing or fluids, semiliquids or granular material from reservoirs by volume wherein the volume is determined during delivery

Abstract

A fuel bowser (1) including a fuel dispenser (10) and a reading facility (15). The fuel dispenser (10) is provided for dispensing fuel from a fuel supply and the reading facility (15) is provided for reading or detecting a characteristic of a person attempting to dispense fuel through the fuel dispenser (10). The reading from the reading facility (15) can be used to determine whether fuel is allowed to be dispensed from the fuel dispenser (10) or not.

Description

A FUEL BOWSER AND READING FACILITY

FIELD OF THE INVENTION

The present invention relates to a fuel bowser of the kind which is used in petrol or gas stations, for use by motorists to fill the tanks of their vehicles. The bowsers can be used for dispensing petrol, diesel and liquid petroleum gas (LPG), although the present invention is applicable to any fuel dispensing unit regardless of the actual fuel and therefore includes electric charging and hydrogen and ethanol fuels. BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

The present invention has been developed in order to attend to the problem of fuel theft from fuel stations. It will therefore be convenient to describe the invention as it is employed for that purpose, although it should be appreciated that it might be employed other than to combat fuel theft, and might, for example, be used for other purposes, such as for identifying customer details when a fuel purchase is made, or for identifying customer patterns, such as purchasing patterns.

Fuel theft from fuel stations is a problem which has existed for some time, but in recent years, with the cost of fuel increasing significantly, theft of fuel from fuel stations has also increased significantly. Recent Australian statistics indicate that almost 13,000 incidents of fuel theft occurred in the year to March 201 1. As the problem is not isolated to Australia, the figures that exist around the world would be much greater than the Australian figure. Fuel theft occurs when a motorist or their passenger dispenses fuel from a fuel bowser and then drives away from the fuel station without paying for the fuel. Theft of this kind is relatively easy to complete, as there is usually no barrier to the departure of a vehicle once the fuel has been taken. To combat fuel theft, some operators employ ground installed spikes that can be raised prior to a vehicle leaving the station to puncture the tyres of the vehicle and thus disable the vehicle. This form of barrier has not been employed widely within Australia, given the possibility for the tyres of innocent motorists to be punctured, and given the potential danger that puncturing the tyres presents if the thief continues to drive the vehicle with deflated tyres.

A less invasive approach has been adopted by some fuel stations, which require prepayment to be made for a fuel purchase. Thus, the motorist parks adjacent a fuel bowser and then goes to the cashier to make a payment based on the estimated amount of fuel he/she requires. The cashier then allows delivery of an amount of fuel which is equal to the amount paid and the motorist then drives away from the fuel bowser once the correct amount of fuel has been dispensed.

While the above approach solves the issue of fuel theft, it is not a popular approach, given that the motorist has to estimate the amount of fuel he/she requires and might often over-estimate and therefore require a refund. This increases the number of transactions required for a single fuel purchase. Moreover, it reverses the usual approach in relation to purchasing fuel and therefore has not been popular with the motoring public or for the station operators themselves. This is because station operators are usually retailers of many different items other than fuel (food, drinks, magazines etc) and the period of time that a motorist spends dispensing fuel often is a time in which the motorist thinks about the items within the station that they might purchase along with their fuel. It is therefore necessary that this occur before the fuel is paid for rather than after.

Applicant has therefore sought to develop an alternative approach to the problem of fuel theft.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

According to the invention there is provided a fuel bowser including a fuel dispenser and a reading facility, the fuel dispenser being for dispensing fuel from a fuel supply and the reading facility being for reading or detecting a characteristic of a person attempting to dispense fuel through the fuel dispenser, wherein a reading from the reading facility is used to determine whether fuel is allowed to be dispensed from the fuel dispenser. A fuel bowser according to the invention advantageously permits delivery of fuel to be based on an acceptable or positive reading made by the reading facility. Thus, information obtained from the reading facility can be used to generate either a positive result, whereby fuel is allowed to be dispensed through the fuel dispenser, or a negative result in which fuel is stopped from being available for dispensing through the fuel dispenser. Thus, where the reading facility identifies that the person operating the fuel bowser could be someone who has previously been involved in a fuel theft, the facility will generate a negative result so that fuel is not provided to the operator. This will occur when the fuel thief has previously been required to provide a reading at a fuel bowser and has driven away from the bowser without paying for the fuel taken. In those circumstances, the reading is kept for future identification of the thief. Moreover, in addition to generating a negative result, an alarm can be raised, alerting relevant personnel (police or security) to the presence of the alleged fuel thief, so that relevant action can be taken, such as detention and/or arrest.

The reading facility can be arranged for reading or detecting a variety of different characteristics of a person attempting to dispense fuel through the fuel dispenser. For example, the reading facility could be arranged for reading or detecting physical or human characteristics that are unique to a single human being, such as one or more of face, iris, retinal, finger print or voice recognition, while gene scanning could also be undertaken. The reading facility could also read or detect the particular constructions of a human palm for example. It will be appreciated that the human characteristics that are read or detected could change over time as new characteristics are made available to read or detect. The invention therefore contemplates other characteristics not mentioned here that might be readable or detectable in the future.

Non-human or non-physical characteristics could also be detected or read by a reading facility and these can include signatures, passwords (written or verbal), or codes.

The above characteristics, whether they be human or physical characteristics, or different characteristics, can be used by the reading facility to determine whether the particular characteristic has been recorded before as attaching to a fuel thief. For example, if the reading facility was set up to read a finger print, if a fuel thief has previously stolen fuel after having given a finger print reading, the next reading will identify the finger print as attaching to a fuel thief and thus the delivery of fuel to the fuel dispenser can be prevented or terminated. Likewise, any match of the read characteristic can initiate termination of fuel supply to the fuel dispenser. By that action, the fuel bowser operator will not be able to dispense fuel and therefore cannot make another fuel theft.

For certainty, it might be that the reading facility makes a first reading of a particular characteristic and if a negative match (sufficient to prevent fuel from being dispensed from the fuel dispenser) is made, the reading facility can request a further reading of the same characteristic, or of a different characteristic to confirm the negative reading. Thus, if the reading facility is set up to initially read a finger print, if that finger print returns a negative match, then for certainty, the reading facility might then request another reading of the finger print, or might request a reading for facial or iris recognition. By the second reading, the reading facility can confirm or alter the first reading so that if confirmation of the first reading is made, termination of fuel supply to the fuel dispenser can be maintained, whereas if the second reading does not result in a negative match, fuel supply to the fuel dispenser can be returned, or the fuel purchaser can be offered the option to pre-pay. Thus, the invention provides for certainty in identifying a fuel thief, by offering a second round of detection to ensure that the thief has been properly identified.

In addition, it might be that a reading of one characteristic for a particular bowser operator is inconclusive, so that a second reading of a different characteristic is required. For example, if the reading facility detects a signature, it might be that the signature which is made does not satisfy the reading facility that the signature has been properly applied. In that case, the reading facility could request a different characteristic to confirm the availability of fuel for dispensing.

The reading facility can comprise a wide variety of different styles of facility. For example, the reading facility could be a self-contained unit which is assigned to a fuel bowser, so that the readings taken relate to that bowser only. This would be suitable for stations that include a single bowser only, but is less suitable for stations that include a plurality of bowsers.

Accordingly, alternatively, a central processor or database can be employed to analyse the readings of a plurality of bowsers. Thus, in a station that includes for example four bowsers, the central processor could be linked to each of the bowsers, so that the readings taken at each of the bowsers are centrally processed. Thus, a fuel thief that steals fuel from one bowser will be identified if that thief returns to any of the other bowsers for another fuel theft.

A central processor of the above kind would ideally present information to the station operator, most likely the station cashier, so that that the operator can see that a negative reading has been made. The operator can thus ensure that the fuel bowser is prevented from dispensing fuel, by shutting down the bowser as appropriate. Alternatively, upon a negative reading being made, an automatic system can be employed to ensure that the fuel bowser is prevented from delivering fuel until such time as a resetting of the bowser is made. In this case, the operator might have no ability to stop the bowser from being shut down, but might have the ability to reset the bowser later.

Still alternatively, a processor might apply to multiple stations such as of a particular station brand, or the system could be operated by a third party that provides its services to various stations irrespective of the station brand or ownership. Thus, for example, the database could be an Australia wide database, so that every fuel bowser which is connected to the system sends a reading to the processor and where a negative match is made, that reading shuts down the particular fuel bowser of relevance, or a message is sent to the station operator who can manually shut down the bowser prior to dispensing of fuel. The above arrangement can be an Australia wide arrangement as discussed, or it could be a global arrangement. The speed of processing could be such that an almost instantaneous analysis of the reading could be made and a decision on whether to supply or deny fuel to the fuel dispenser could be made in a fraction of a second. The advantage of a nation-wide or global-wide processor, is that a thief who strikes in one location could be prevented from striking again at the same location, or at different locations within the same city or in other cities. Thus, the fuel thief could be detected after only a single theft of fuel, regardless of where the thief makes his or her second attempt at theft, whether that be in the same location of the first theft, or in an location quite remote from that first theft.

As indicated above, the availability of fuel for dispensing through the fuel dispenser can be controlled manually by a human operator once the result of a reading is made, or the system can be arranged so that termination of fuel availability occurs automatically. The system preferably would include an override arrangement, so that where a negative match is made, and if the station operator can resolve that the fuel purchaser is indeed genuine and not a previous fuel thief, that the system can be reset so that the fuel purchaser can operate the fuel dispenser for delivery of fuel. In those circumstances, rectification of the processor might be made to ensure that the fuel purchaser is not in future identified as a fuel thief. A framework could be put in place so that reasons could be given to verify the integrity of a fuel purchaser who has been wrongly identified as a fuel thief. The characteristics read or detected by the reading facility are envisaged typically to be electronic readings that can be digitized for processor analysis. It is however within the scope of the present invention that the station operator be provided with details of a characteristic and to make a decision him or herself as to whether fuel is to be provided to the fuel dispenser. For example, the station operator might have access to a database of facial images of fuel thieves and might be provided by the reading facility with an image of the face of the fuel purchaser so that the operator can physically compare the image provided by the reading facility to the images of fuel thieves on the database and then make a manual decision as to whether to allow fuel supply or not. This is obviously a potentially much more labor intensive process and potentially would be of significant inconvenience to both fuel purchasers and station operators, but it might be that such a system is applicable to certain styles of stations, or if there is a breakdown in the normal system which operates on digitized data. Delivery of fuel to a fuel dispenser can be terminated in any suitable manner. Fuel bowsers in general include a pump to pump fuel from an underground reservoir to the fuel dispenser and stopping the pump can be used to stop delivery of fuel. Alternatively, fuel delivery to the fuel dispenser can be prevented by shutting a valve which is disposed within the fuel flow path. The valve can be an existing valve which is used to control flow of fuel to the fuel dispenser, or it can be an additional valve which is used only if a negative match is detected by the reading facility and the fuel bowser is to be shut down completely. The valve can be a solenoid valve which is triggered by a suitable signal which is either automatically generated when a negative match is identified, or which is triggered manually by station personnel, such as the cashier.

An advantage of the present invention, apart from preventing existing identified fuel thieves from making a further fuel theft, is that the arrangement can be such as to alert the police or security to the attendance of the fuel thief at a fuel bowser, with the intention that the fuel thief be arrested or detained. In order for that to occur, the system of the invention might include a delay process, whereby fuel is dispensed through the fuel dispenser for a period which enables the police or security to attend the station to detain the thief. Thus, the invention contemplates an arrangement in which termination of fuel supply to the fuel thief might not be made, but rather, the system might be such as to send a suitable alert to the police or security with the intention of arresting or detaining the fuel thief while the thief is dispensing fuel. Still alternatively, where the reading facility makes a negative match, the fuel dispenser might deliver a non-fuel liquid, such as water, so that the fuel thief continues to dispense liquid from the fuel dispenser in the belief that the liquid is fuel, and so that time is provided for police or security to attend the station to detain the thief. In this case, if the fuel thief decides to terminate the fuel delivery early, it is likely that the vehicle will be retarded from departing the station given that the fuel delivered to the engine will either be diluted or be a completely non-fuel liquid.

An advantage of the present invention is that fuel thieves should be discouraged from returning to a station at which they have previously made a fuel theft because of the potential for identification as a fuel thief at that station. Moreover, if it is known that the station is part of a network of stations to which reading facilities are employed, fuel thieves should be discouraged from making a second fuel theft because of the potential for detection. Indeed, a fuel thief might be discouraged from making the very first theft on the basis that even if he or she only ever makes one theft, the characteristic that is recorded by the reading facility might result in the thief being caught through other transactions. For example, if the characteristic is a signature, then the signature might be matched against purchases made elsewhere and completely separate to the purchase of fuel (a credit card transaction for example) so that the thief has the prospect of being caught even though they do not make a second theft.

More positively, the present invention can also provide useful information to station operators, in relation to where and when motorists purchase fuel, how often they purchase fuel and how much fuel they purchase. Thus, information can be collated in relation to the fuel purchasing habits of motorists and this can be used to provide benefits to both station operators and motorists.

Returning to fuel thieves, the invention can also provide that if a fuel thief has been identified and caught, they might subsequently be allowed to purchase fuel despite the earlier theft, but only under certain conditions. Thus, for a fuel thief that has been caught and has been prosecuted under law, subsequent purchases of fuel might be made by the fuel thief making an advance payment for fuel as is the case with current operators who impose the requirement that motorists purchase fuel before it is dispensed to them. Thus, the fuel thief would continue to be identified by the invention, but provision could be made so that the thief could obtain fuel legitimately, albeit under different conditions to general motorists who are not fuel thieves.

The present invention also provides a fuel station for supplying fuel to motorists, the fuel station including at least one fuel bowser from which fuel can be dispensed, the bowser being positioned so that a vehicle can drive to a fuelling position adjacent the bowser and so that a fuel connection can be made between the bowser and the vehicle for the transfer of fuel, the fuel station including an arrangement to impede drive of the vehicle away from the fuelling position until payment for the fuel has been made.

The arrangement to impede drive of a vehicle away from the fuelling position can take any suitable form and includes the use of bollards which can be raised from a lowered position allowing a vehicle to drive into the fuelling position, to a higher position in which the bollards impede drive of the vehicle. A single bollard could be provided at either end of the vehicle to prevent reversing and forward movement, or a plurality of bollards can be provided at either end of the vehicle.

Alternatively, a single bollard can be provided at the front end or the rear end of the vehicle to impede movement of the vehicle in only one direction, most likely the forward direction. In this case, reverse movement away from the bollard might be allowed, but in those circumstances, reversing movement might then alert the station operator to a fuel theft and allow the operator to take other action, such as to call the police.

Any suitable arrangement similar to a bollard may be used for the above purpose. Additionally, while the description above indicates that a bollard can be moved upward from a lower position, it is equally the case that a bollard could be mounted for different movement, such as horizontal movement to a position to impede vehicle movement.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

In order that the invention may be more fully understood, some embodiments will now be described with reference to the figures in which:

Figure 1 is a sketch view of a four bowser fuel station. Figure 2 is a close up perspective view of one of the fuel bowsers of Figure 1 .

Figure 3 is a sketch of one form of the invention.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS Figure 1 illustrates a four bowser fuel station which includes bowsers numbered 1 to 4 which are set out in an orderly pattern and which are covered below a roof 5. It will be readily apparent to any reader of this specification, that a vehicle can drive up along side any of the bowsers 1 to 4 and to remove the nozzles 6 of the bowsers to dispense fuel into their vehicle. The operation of the bowser is well known and no further discussion of that operation is required.

With reference to Figure 2, the bowser 1 of Figure 1 is illustrated and this includes a nozzle 10, grades of fuel 1 1 , 12 and 13, a nozzle cradle 14, and a screen 15. The bowser 1 includes a housing 16 within which is housed a pump for pumping fuel from an underground storage reservoir or tank, to the nozzle 10. The pump is operated when then nozzle 10 is removed from the cradle 14, although pump operation can be controlled via an operator, such as a cashier, who can turn the pump on or off at any time.

The screen 15 as illustrated in Figure 2 is typically used to show the grade of fuel being dispensed and the amount of fuel that has been dispensed and its cost. The screen can include other information as considered appropriate. The bowser 1 also includes a debit/credit card facility 17, for accepting a credit card and a pad 18 for inputting a personal identification number or other identification information for debit/credit card use.

A reading facility according to the invention is intended to be either fitted to an existing bowser of the kind illustrated in Figures 1 and 2, or produced as an integral component of the bowser. Thus, the screen 15 could be employed as a reading facility, or a separate reading facility could be installed at a separate location in the housing of the bowser 1 .

Alternatively, the unit could be connected to but fitted externally to the housing 16 of the bowser 1 , and that could be for retrofit purposes.

The sketch in Figure 3 is intended to illustrate in basic form the type of retrofit unit that could be added to a bowser 1 for the purpose of acting as a reading facility according to the invention. With reference to Figure 3, the reading facility 20 includes a screen 21 and a frame or housing 22. The facility 20 could be bolted or otherwise fixed to the side or top of the housing 16 of the bowser 1 , or to the front of the bowser. Alternatively, the reading facility could be quite separate to the bowser, such as supported independently next to the bowser 1.

The screen 21 can be a scanner, to scan for palm, fingers or thumb structures or prints. The screen 21 could also or alternatively comprise a keypad for entry of a passcode, or it could be a screen on which a signature can be written, with the use of the stylus 23.

The housing 22 can also include a microphone 24 for voice recognition and a camera 25 for facial, retinal or iris scanning. The housing 22 can also include a gene scanner (not shown).

It will be appreciated that the reading facility 20 includes a variety of different reading methods, and any one or more of those described could be included. Thus, the reading facility 20 might comprise just one of the features that are being described or one or two.

Moreover, the reading facility 20 could take a very different form if it is simply to comprise a camera for one or more of facial, retinal and iris scanning. The same applies if the reading facility was simply a microphone for voice recognition.

Throughout the description and claims of this specification the word "comprise" and variations of that word, such as "comprises" and "comprising", are not intended to exclude other additives, components, integers or steps. The invention described herein is susceptible to variations, modifications and/or additions other than those specifically described and it is to be understood that the invention includes all such variations, modifications and/or additions which fall within the spirit and scope of the present disclosure.

Claims

1 . A fuel bowser including a fuel dispenser and a reading facility, the fuel dispenser being for dispensing fuel from a fuel supply and the reading facility being for reading or detecting a characteristic of a person attempting to dispense fuel through the fuel dispenser, wherein a reading from the reading facility is used to determine whether fuel is allowed to be dispensed from the fuel dispenser.
2. A fuel bowser according to claim 1 , the reading facility being for reading or detecting a human characteristic from one or more of face recognition, iris recognition, retinal recognitioin, fingerprint recognition, palm recognition or voice recognition.
3. A fuel bowser according to claim 1 or 2, the reading facility being for reading or detecting operator characteristics from one or more of signature, password (written or verbal) or code.
4. A fuel bowser according to claim 3, the reading facility combining one or more of the human characteristics with one or more of the operator characteristics.
5. A fuel bowser according to any one of claims 1 to 4, dispensing of fuel from the fuel dispenser being controlled by a reading of the reading facility, whereby having taken a reading, the reading is analysed and a decision to dispense fuel from the fuel dispenser is based on the reading.
6. A fuel bowser according to claim 5, the analysis being made in a processor within the fuel bowser.
7. A fuel bowser according to claim 5, the analysis being made in a processor externally of the bowser.
8. A fuel bowser according to claim 5, the analysis being made at a database to which readings from fuel bowsers from multiple stations are analysed.
9. A fuel bowser according to any one of claims 1 to 8, dispensing of fuel from the fuel dispenser being controlled by a human operator being provided with a reading of the reading facility, whereby having taken a reading, the reading is analysed by the operator and dispensing of fuel from the fuel dispenser is based on the decision of the operator.
10. A fuel bowser according to any one of claims 1 to 9, dispensing of fuel being prevented by stopping a pump which delivers fuel under pressure to the fuel dispenser.
1 1 . A fuel bowser according to any one of claims 1 to 9, dispensing of fuel being prevented by shutting a valve through which fuel passes prior to egress from the fuel dispenser.
12. A fuel bowser according to any one of claims 1 to 1 1 , the fuel comprising petrol, diesel, liquid petroleum gas (LPG), electricity, hydrogen and ethanol.
13. A method of dispensing fuel from a fuel bowser which includes a fuel dispenser and a reading facility, the method including a fuel purchaser attending the fuel bowser and providing the reading facility with a characteristic for reading, the reading from the reading facility being analysed and a decision to permit fuel to be dispensed from the fuel dispenser being made on the basis of the analysis.
14. A fuel bowser according to any one of claims 1 to 12, further including an arrangement to impede drive of the vehicle away from the fuel bowser when a decision is made based on the reading of the reading facility to prevent fuel being dispensed through the fuel dispenser.
15. A fuel bowser according to claim 13, the impeding arrangement including bollards that rise up in front of the rear and front of the vehicle.
16. A fuel station for supplying fuel to motorists, the fuel station including at least one fuel bowser from which fuel can be dispensed, the bowser being positioned so that a vehicle can drive to a fuelling position adjacent the bowser and so that a fuel connection can be made between the bowser and the vehicle for the transfer of fuel, the fuel station including an arrangement to impede drive of the vehicle away from the fuelling position until payment for the fuel has been made.
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