Monday, January 16, 2017

EMV at the Pump: Should You Wait Until 2020?

There has been considerable discussion in the fuel marketing industry about what the extension of the deadline for chip-readers to be installed at fuel pumps around the U.S. really means. The decision provides more time -- until 2020 -- for the fuel dispensers that currently are not capable of processing payments under the Europay MasterCard Visa (EMV) security standards to be upgraded or replaced.

We found this commentary piece published in CSP Daily to offer some interesting thoughts about the decision-making process for selecting when to make the EMV change-over. The writer points out some competitive and cost reasons for making the change sooner, rather than later.

http://www.cspdailynews.com/fuels-news-prices-analysis/fuels-analysis/articles/opinion-emv-pump-should-you-wait-until-2020


The writer concludes that "Delaying pump EMV upgrades means potential market-share loss and higher fraud risk for your site. Consumers - and crooks - will know who's made the move."

What do you think? We'd like to hear from you!

Monday, December 12, 2016

Fuel Marketers Get More Time to Transition to EMV Compatible Dispensers


Time is now on the side of fuel marketers who have been trying to figure out the economics of a big change on their fuel islands. The deadline for having chip-readers installed at U.S. retail fuel outlets has been extended by three years. Instead of October 2017 fuel marketers now have until October 2020 to make sure their pumps can handle EMV technology. The acronym that stands for Europay, MasterCard and Visa, the three global payment giants that developed technology designed to reduce fraud from credit and debit card transactions.

The decision recognizes reality; that changing credit and debit card systems is a whole lot different at a fuel pump than at a supermarket checkout counter. Bloomberg reported that Visa and MasterCard listened to complaints that owners would not have enough time to complete the ‘multibillion-dollar upgrades’.

“In some cases, older pumps may need to be replaced before adding chip readers, requiring specialized vendors and breaking into concrete,” San Francisco-based Visa said in a statement on its website as reported by Bloomberg. Sufficient supplies of compliant hardware and software to enable upgrades by 2017 remain an issue, the company said.

Make Dispenser Change-Outs as Simple as Possible

It’s expensive to make the change, with the National Association of Convenience Stores estimating the cost at around $30,000 per store – about $4 Billion across the industry. Many outlets are opting to change the entire dispensers rather than retro-fit existing ones to handle the EMV technology. Companies making that decision are looking for ways to minimize cost and disruption to operations.





In some cases, they have found a solution in Husky Corporation’s EZ-Connect, the only certified, pre-assembled, pressure and continuity tested hanging hardware assembly. It takes care of all the components from the dispenser through the nozzle.

“The EZ-Connects are going on new dispensers. The pre-assembled unit is really attractive to even the smallest operators,” said one Husky Corporation manufacturer’s representative. “They see where that saves a lot of labor time and money when they do a change-out or a new location. It saves them lots of bucks.”

This video shows more about what goes into the EZ-Connect system.


Now that the planning horizon is a bit longer, fuel marketers will be able to make a phased-change to the EMV technology. Take advantage of that time to make the transition as smooth and cost-effective as possible. Contact Husky Corporation to learn about how reducing that impact even more with EZ-Connect hanging hardware.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Enevo: Easy Installation and Set-up


It has never been easier or more cost-effective to manage liquids stored in tanks scattered in a variety of locations. Enevo uses ultrasonic technology to measure tank fill levels, then sends the data over cellular networks for analysis and action by any web-browser enabled device. This is up-to-the-minute information that instantly allows dispatchers to make informed decisions about their inventory; a far-cry from inefficient route-based scheduling that costs time and money. This short video provides a nice overview of the system.
Simple Installation
In the field, the Enevo system’s state-of-the-art hardware is simple to install. An Enevo WEL-008L sensor contains all the wireless level-collection technology needed for a single tank up to 16 feet deep. The WEL-008L sensor is made of extremely durable fiber-reinforced polypropylene and proprietary polyurethane. The sensor weighs just over a pound, yet will operate in the most extreme temperatures and in all weather conditions. Installation requires only a magnet to activate the sensor followed by physically screwing the unit into an appropriate 1.5 inch or two-inch opening on the tank. No special tools are required.

The ultrasonic sensors need an unobstructed column of air for precise level measurement from any type of tank. The illustration below shows some example configurations. The robust ultrasonic sonar technology combines with motion sensors and smart software to measure fill-levels, detect when the tank has been filled or sense when it is empty. Measurements are taken at regular interval and automatically communicated over 2G/3G cellular networks.


The software to monitor activity reported by the individual sensors can be set up by customers using any browser-enabled device through the Enevo web interface. The capability includes a comprehensive back office toolset for dispatchers and managers for configuring sites and schedules, managing fleets, assigning routes, monitoring status and operations in real-time, and viewing reports and statistics.

The Enevo system requires minimal training and yields immediate benefit. It is a powerful tool that allows dispatchers to plan optimal service routes. The Enevo system also provides notifications and alerts for additional peace of mind. Customers will be happy and the competition will be left in the dust.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Are Your Systems Ready for the End of 2G Cellular Networks?

The end of 2016 brings with it some really big changes. And, no, we are not talking about  politics here -- so feel free to read on!

Systems that depend on the AT&T 2G Cellular network will find themselves without service when 2017 begins. The situation means that any device which uses the AT&T 2G GSM 850/1900MHz network "will need to upgrade their devices as they will be unable to make or receive calls, send or receive text messages, or use data services after 12/31/2016" the company noted in its web site.
One estimate suggests between 10 and 14 million GPS devices, cell phones and tablets will need to be replaced.

Remote Monitoring Systems with 3G Cellular Capability

Enevo has a solution for companies with remote tank monitoring systems that will be affected by the end of AT&T 2G systems. The WE-008L sensor is a wireless tank fill level monitoring device that features state-of-the-art measurement and communication using 3G cellular networks. This provides global coverage thanks to partnerships with hundreds of telecom providers to ensure growth.

Check out this great short video to learn more about Enevo.



The communication capability delivers a wealth of information for those responsible for managing tank levels at several remote locations. The data is available at a glance on any web-enabled device so they can efficiently plan routes to service their tanks and quickly respond to changes in demand. It changes the game for petroleum product distributors or companies with tanks placed in a variety of locations. The sensor and server software are constantly being improved; elivering reliable, world-class technology.

AT&T is providing answers to a lot of questions about the 2G network sunset as well. The reason boils down to the ever increasing reliance on mobile capability. The company notes that mobile data traffic grew 75,000 percent between 2001 and 2006. But that pales by the 150,000 percent increase in traffic on its mobile wireless network from 2007 to 2015. To handle all of that AT&T is changing how it allocates its spectrum in ways that will accommodate a deluge of high speed data created by social networks, smart phones and other wirelessly-connected machines.

We depend on data in our wireless world. Stay ahead of the curve and don't go dark at the 2G "sundown".



Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Remote Tank Monitoring Made Easy - A Brief Video Explanation

Welcome to the front line of digital solutions for remote tank monitoring! This short video offers a great overview of the Enevo system, which is ideal for petroleum product distributors with multiple locations requiring constant attention.


Husky’s Enevo solution starts at the tank, where robust sensors constantly monitor the tank’s fill level and environment. Simple installation and a five-year battery life mean the fully integrated sensors can be installed and never worried about again. Information is transmitted at regular intervals or during abnormal events such as sudden fluid level changes.

Enevo combines the ease-of-use familiar in consumer products with the reliability of enterprise-grade solutions. System setup is a breeze and requires almost no training, which offers instant value for the end-user. Dispatchers use any web-browser enabled device to get a helicopter-view of operations; fresh status updates, trends, reports, and alerts make incredible delivery efficiencies a reality.

Enevo is a Husky Corporation strategic partner. Contact 800-325-3558 or sales@husky.com for more information.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

See How Fleets and Retailers Can Get Into Bulk DEF Dispensing

The number of vehicles that are required to use DEF is constantly increasing. So what is the solution for fleets, government entities, retailers and those with unattended fueling sites that need to service DEF equipped vehicles or equipment? 

This video offers a look at the new Benecor Mini-Bulk series that makes DEF bulk systems economically viable for increasing numbers of customers at the right size and price-point.




Benecor’s Mini-Bulk Standard Duty Series is available in three different sizes of DEF storage and dispensing capability. All are designed for use on standard fueling islands, with turnkey installation that allows fleet and retail customers to start pumping DEF quickly.

Benecor Mini-Bulk Standard Duty products are rugged fiberglass-based units that have been fully-tested to ensure years of trouble-free use. Benecor is the only manufacturer to use fiberglass construction, a material that is not affected by the corrosive nature of DEF. Benecor systems meet ISO 22241-3 & 4 standards for dispensing and storing DEF.
·         Mini-Bulk sizes: 750-gallon, 1,000-gallon or 1,500-gallon
o   The 1,500-gallon version is the largest on-island DEF option on the market.
·         Standard-Duty Storage: Warm or cold weather storage applications
·         Standard-Duty Systems: Storage and dispensing for warm weather applications
·         Standard-Duty Plus Systems: Storage and dispensing in warm or cold weather
o   Because DEF freezes at 12˚F (-11˚C), this unique optional package will withstand even the harshest cold weather conditions.

Contact Husky Corporation for pricing information about the Benecor Mini-Bulk Standard Duty Series at 800-325-3558 or sales@husky.com.





Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Revolutionary Tank Monitoring Now Available for Diesel and Oil Applications

Husky’s Enevo Solution Uses 21st Century Technology to Remotely Monitor Liquid Levels


With strategic partner Enevo, Husky Corporation is entering the front line of digital solutions for remote tank monitoring by introducing the first systems built on 3G cellular technology for diesel and oil applications. The systems are ideal for petroleum product distributors with multiple locations requiring constant attention.

“The revolutionary solution from Enevo lifts the oil and fuel industry’s delivery operations to a new level of efficiency and transparency,” said Husky Corporation Executive Vice President Brad Baker. “This solution is built around the end-user, designed from the ground up to excel where traditional remote monitoring fails.”


Consumer-grade Simplicity; Enterprise-level Performance

Husky’s Enevo solution starts at the tank, where robust sensors constantly monitor the tank’s fill level and environment. Simple installation and a five-year battery life mean the fully integrated sensors can be installed and never worried about again. Information is transmitted at regular intervals or during abnormal events such as sudden fluid level changes.

Enevo combines the ease-of-use familiar in consumer products with the reliability of enterprise-grade solutions. System setup is a breeze and requires almost no training, which offers instant value for the end-user. Dispatchers use any web-browser enabled device to get a helicopter-view of operations; fresh status updates, trends, reports, and alerts make incredible delivery efficiencies a reality.


“This solution enables any distributor to take the lead. Dispatchers can now make informed decisions based on real information rather than conjecture, enabling them to do what they do best – get the right amount of product to the right place at the right time,” said Joe Laschke, Husky Corporation Technical Service Representative. “Enevo enables just-in-time logistics for the oil and fuel segment.”

Scandinavian Industrial Design, American Service and Support  
From Nordic winters to the desert heat, Enevo sensors are extremely durable and designed for harsh environments. Furthermore, from contracts to product packaging, installation to setup, training to support, the entire solution has been designed around the end-user. Even the business model includes options that require no upfront investments. 

Enevo is a global clean technology provider with headquarters in Finland and presence in the U.S., UK, Japan, Germany and Australia.

“Among the many values Enevo shares with Husky are safety, quality and customer loyalty. Enevo is proud to enter the U.S. market with a partner of such strong reputation,” said Anders Brotherus, Product Manager at Enevo.

Remote Monitoring is Now Reliable and Affordable

• Ultrasonic sensor technology means no contact to measured liquid
• Easy and quick installation with standard 1.5” and 2” NPT fittings
• Military-grade lithium batteries with five-year battery life
• Hourly level measurements and trend-based, up-to-the-minute forecasts
The WE-008L sensor – a tank level sensor that is designed and constructed to accurately measure tank fill levels in harsh environmental conditions.

• Operations dashboard displays data on nearly any web-enabled device