Using sensors and satellite-based communication equipment to monitor fuel levels and reduce theft
As a result of escalating demand and costs, theft of fuel from stationary tanks and transport tankers is on the rise. To help reduce losses, costs, delays and damage to reputation, more and more companies are looking for solutions to monitor fuel levels during both storage and transportation.
A real-time remote fuel-level monitoring solution is an option for managers who need to know exactly when and where fuel losses are occurring. In addition to notification of a sudden change in fuel level, a well-designed remote monitoring solution is able to provide other valuable information, such as how much fuel is lost as well as GPS location of incidents when the loss occurs during transportation.
In general, a remote-fuel level monitoring solution consists of the following four components:
Fuel-Level Sensor - One or more sensors connected to one or more fuel tanks that indicate current fuel level(s) in the tank(s).
Communication device – A GPS-enabled terminal that interfaces with each fuel level sensor and sends reports about fuel level. For remote fuel-level monitoring, the communication device typically uses satellite networks to send and receive location and fuel-level information.
Configuration files – Files in the communication device that tell it when to send fuel-level reports, how to interpret information from fuel-level sensor(s) and how much change in fuel-level is indicative of a possible theft.
Information server and user interface - A server application that receives reports from the communication devices and translates reported fuel level signal information into fuel quantities based on different tank profiles.