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Fuel Protection vs. The Criminal Mind

05/04/2011

As gas prices rise and economic conditions head toward recovery, the petroleum retail market has is faced with a unique problem – fuel theft. The creativity of criminals has forced station owners and manufacturers to increase creativity for solutions to an issue facing station owners across the globe. Our Fuel Management Systems (FMS) provide various methods to deter and catch criminals. Franklin FMS utilize various technologies that meet day-to-day requirements, as well as prevent and detect theft. Stations with FMS consoles utilize unique features to watch over petroleum investments. Sentinel Mode: While in Sentinel Mode, any amount greater or equal to the user programmed theft limit leaving a tank will trigger an alarm. This mode is ideal for times when a site shuts down and no dispensing is expected. For sites open 24 hours a day, other features are available to protect fuel inventory. Density Floats: Thieves may try to outsmart a fuel management system by adding a replacement fuel or adulterate as they remove the good fuel. Optional density floats monitor the quality of fuel to ensure that volume, as well as density and mass, remain the same. Camera Security: Initially required for safety reasons, security cameras now double as a theft deterrent. Ontario, among other Canadian provinces, uses security cameras to view the forecourt from inside the c-stores. These cameras must have visibility at all times, in the event of fire or spill. The FMS T5 Series console monitors input from security cameras and can disable individual dispensers that lose visibility from the security cameras. The cameras are interlocked and each dispenser monitored; if visibility is lost the system can automatically shut off all the dispensers or disable the submersible turbine pump. This feature allows station owners to have a video record of theft; if a thief disabled site cameras the ability to pump fuel would be disabled. By using the “Rules Engine” contained in our consoles, any of the previous events can trigger various alarms and remote notification options. Rules can be set up to respond in the best manner possible: sending emails to necessary parties, activating lights or outdoor alarm, notifying authorities, fax or SMS. Reconciliation: Reconciliation of sales from the dispenser to the inventory in the tank is another way of detecting theft. Our automatic tank gauges continuously monitor sales data from the dispensers and compares it to how the volume in the tank changes. The console, showing the variance of a specific tank for a specified time frame, can generate reports. A large negative variance indicates the removal of fuel from a tank without being dispensed into a customer’s vehicle. As criminals continue to find ways to avoid the costly price of fuel, we will continue to innovate Fuel Management Systems to meet the industry’s ever-changing needs.

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