Dispenser system for preventing unauthorized fueling

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United States of America Patent

PATENT NO 6381514
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09140293

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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 OwnerAddressTotal Patents
GILBARCO INC.GREENSBORO, NC195

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Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Hartsell, Jr Hal C Kernersville, NC 25 985

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