The Development of Fuel Management Systems
1st Generation: Fuel Management consists of a padlock for security, a long stick for measurements and manual data entry of fuel transactions.
2nd Generation : The development of microprocessors allowed fuel marketers to install self contained, computer controlled fuel island control systems with an ID reader (Key Card, RFID Etc.) to identify the vehicle and driver, a means of controlling a pump, a means of measuring the fuel delivered, and usually, a means of reporting fuel drawn by vehicle.
3rd Generation : Fuel Island control systems are further developed to incorporate periodic, or permanent connections to a PC which is used to report fuel transactions and input fleet information.
4th Generation : The fuel island controller is now fully connected directly to a central Internet based server which is updated in real time. All fleet information and transactions are held on the central server. Connection is made from the fuel island to the server using GPRS, or can use the operators own network using a Wi-Fi or Cabled Network Link.