US Patent No: 6,381,514

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Dispenser system for preventing unauthorized fueling

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A fuel dispensing system and method for preventing unauthorized fueling by controlling access and delivery of fuel from a fuel dispenser, based on information received from a vehicle or container via remote communications during a fueling operation. The vehicle transmits a signal including fuel delivery indicia to the dispenser. The dispenser uses the fuel delivery indicia to determine whether the vehicle is receiving fuel and determines whether it is delivering fuel. The dispenser maintains fuel delivery authorization if the vehicle indicates that it is receiving fuel and the dispenser is delivering fuel. If the vehicle indicates that it is not receiving fuel and the dispenser determines that it is delivering fuel, the dispenser may generate an output signal to identify an improper fueling condition and stop fuel delivery.

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Patent Owner(s)

Patent OwnerAddressTotal Patents
GILBARCO INC.GREENSBORO, NC299

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Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Hartsell, Jr Hal C Kernersville, NC 25 828

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Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (13)
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5,414,427 Device for information transmission 61 1993
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Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
GILBARCO INC. (5)
7,076,330 Fraud detection through flow rate analysis 4 2000
6,745,104 Fraud detection through general inference 4 2000
8,042,376 Fuel dispenser utilizing pressure sensor for theft detection 1 2008
7,954,386 System and method for detecting pressure variations in fuel dispensers to more accurately measure fuel delivered 0 2010
8,433,441 Fuel dispenser having FM transmission capability for fueling information 0 2011
 
Cellex Power Products, Inc. (2)
7,171,989 Fuel dispensing system and method 8 2003
7,412,994 Fuel dispensing system and method 6 2006
 
APPLUS TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (1)
7,925,399 Method and apparatus for testing vehicle emissions and engine controls using a self-service on-board diagnostics kiosk 11 2006
 
AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P. (1)
8,515,865 Methods, systems, and products for charging batteries 0 2012
 
BICC GENERAL INDIANAPOLIS TECHNOLOGY CENTER (1)
6,734,798 Fuel dispenser with a human detection and recognition system 8 2002
 
GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY (1)
8,381,779 System for wireless refueling of an aircraft 0 2011
 
GILBRACO INC. (1)
6,882,941 Tamper proof meter 2 2002

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