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RFID Fuels Gas Tank Security

Hi-G-Tek seals allow an Eastern European oil company to ensure that the correct type and amount of gas is delivered to stations, and that the fuel is not stolen en route from depots.
By Claire Swedberg
Apr 25, 2008Eastern European oil company Rompetrol is employing RFID seals known as Hi-G-Locks as part of the Hi-G-Tek Tanker Truck Monitoring Solution (TTMS) used on 80 company fuel trucks to protect and manage its product. Trucks transport fuel from gas depots to gas stations in remote areas of Romania and Bulgaria.

The company ships crude oil from Russia and Saudi Arabia to its refinery on the Black Sea. From there, the refined gasoline is shipped by rail and truck to oil depots in Eastern Europe. Rompetrol stores the fuel in such depots until it is shipped by truck to gas stations. It is this secondary distribution chain—from depot to gas station—that the oil company is tracking with Hi-G-Tek seals.


Larry Blue
Until recently, the trucks were tracked manually, and security was one of the company's greatest concerns. With the high price of fuel, a portion of a truck's gas was often stolen before a vehicle reached a gas station. For instance, a driver could siphon off gas without being detected by Rompetrol. In addition, the company sought a system that would reduce excess inventory that was being stored for transportation or delivered to gas stations because employees didn't know the exact amount of gas already on the road or delivered at any given time. Before the Hi-G-Tek system was installed in September 2007, workers spent hours on manifest reconciliation, attempting to track the location and movement of gas, as well as determine how much fuel was delivered where, all on paper.

The company is now using a monitoring solution provided by Hi-G-Tek. The system includes RFID-based seals on trucks, as well as RFID interrogators deployed at depots and gas stations and on trucks. With this solution, the company can now track when its trucks and fuel arrive at a station, as well as when they leave and return to a depot. Thanks to a built-in alerting system, Rompetrol can ensure that the wrong fuel is not pumped into the incorrect tank, says Hi-G-Tek's president and CEO, Larry Blue.

With the RFID system, each truck is equipped with several Hi-G-Locks. Some are used to seal hatches located on the top of the tank for inspection of the tank's interior, while another slightly different variation is utilized to seal the valves through which fuel is loaded and then dispensed into gas station tanks. A truck typically has a total of five Hi-G-Locks. Each seal includes both a 433 MHz active tag and 125 kHz passive RFID tag. The 125 kHz version stores a unique ID number, and as the vehicle is loaded with fuel at a depot, its driver can use a handheld Hi-G-Tek interrogator to encode the tag with data, such as the shipment manifest, the specific product being delivered and where it is headed. Approximately 10 Rompetrol depots in Romania and Bulgaria presently use the system.

USER COMMENTS

Olufemi (Brian) Oluyede 2008-04-25 01:51:31 PM
Illegal tampering of fuel en route gas stations This innovation by Hi-G-Tek has come as a great relief to the mentioned industry. Finally, it’s like someone from somewhere finally heard their cry, this innovation will eventually open up other untapped areas within the same industry that have been looking for ways to curb some atrocities that have long been committed by few tanker drivers around the globe, such as performance of illegal fuels sale en route their final destination
Olufemi (Brian) Oluyede 2008-04-25 01:55:33 PM
Illegal Tampering of Fuels Seals This innovation by Hi-G-Tek has come as a great relief to the mentioned industry. Finally, it’s like someone from somewhere finally heard their cry, this innovation will eventually open up other untapped areas within the same industry that have been looking for ways to curb some atrocities that have long been committed by few tanker drivers around the globe, such as performance of illegal fuels sale en route their final destination
Olufemi (Brian) Oluyede 2008-04-25 01:57:50 PM
Illegal tampering of fuel en route gas stations This innovation by Hi-G-Tek has come as a great relief to the mentioned industry. Finally, it’s like someone from somewhere finally heard their cry, this innovation will eventually open up other untapped areas within the same industry that have been looking for ways to curb some atrocities that have long been committed by few tanker drivers around the globe, such as performance of illegal fuels sale en route their final destination

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