Your customers insert their cards to pay for fuel at your fueling station multiple times per day. Of course, both parties trust that the transaction is handled smoothly and accurately—and it almost always is. But what really happens from that magic moment when card meets machine to the end of the transaction, and how is that process changing from the simple swipe method?
Are you a fuel center owner or service technician who wants a simple way to remotely access all your sites? AvaLAN just launched their new remote service solution that is just for you. AvaLAN Remote Service gives you simple, hassle-free secure access to your Verifone Commander without network settings or IT knowledge.
The subject of updating the forecourt is often one fuel centers want to avoid, as complexity and complications abound when it’s time to upgrade to newer digital technologies. From dealing with aging and buried wires to difficult interfaces like current loop, many feel there is no simple solution to connecting this part of their business. Furthermore, each station has its own unique challenges; some fuel center operators, for example, may have little to no expertise with networking. Additionally, compliance regulations vary and change over time. Despite all this, your fuel center can gain many advantages by moving all components to TCP/IP.
The tech industry has been enthusiastically promoting the Internet of Things (IoT) for the past decade. And while a bunch of smart devices and sensors scattered throughout an operation sounds great in theory, connecting those devices in a robust and reliable way presents a real challenge. In many cases, when one device fails it can cause the entire system to go down. So retailers need to look at not only the Internet of Things, but the Infrastructure of Things™ as well.
If you’re a fuel center owner, you may be putting off installing wireless Ethernet at your pumps because it appears time-consuming, expensive, and difficult. Luckily, this couldn’t be further from the truth. A wireless Ethernet connection offers a quick and easy way to upgrade your fuel pumps for EMV compliance, while taking only around five minutes per fuel dispenser.
Fuel centers use network switches to connect devices such as computers, printers, phones, cameras, and servers. These switches allow networked devices to talk to each other efficiently. But what about the fuel dispensers themselves? Do you really need a managed switch there as well? Let’s take a look.
February 20, 2018, Huntsville, Alabama. AvaLAN, the provider of secure networking devices and services, today announces a new way to connect and manage current loop and RS232/RS485 serial devices. Developed for the retail fueling industry, the AWCLETHS enables current loop data communications to flow through a TCP/IP Ethernet network. This newly developed networking technology will enable modern forms of network security to be applied to insure the integrity of the data. Additionally, making the current loop data compatible in an Ethernet network allows the data to be transmitted over wired or wireless mediums. Wireless current loop technology from AvaLAN will enable flexibility, network control and ease of installation for fuel dispensers in a retail forecourt.
Your fuel center network contains many different kinds of data. In traditional networks, each port is tagged, and devices plugged into that port are only allowed to talk to other devices with the same tag. However, that means someone must manually manage each switch and designate a fixed rule for the respective port. In fuel centers, large networks with numerous switches are very common, so manually assigning rules becomes unscalable, even if funding and trained personnel are not an issue. Fortunately, AvaLAN offers a better enterprise solution based on MAC addresses. It’s a managed switch solution that doesn’t need to be managed.
Check out this great visual to see how AvaLAN is solving problems for next generation fuel centers. AvaLAN has wireless Ethernet solutions for all of these fuel center connections and has a wireless serial and wireless current loop solution coming soon!