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Computerized Automatic Pumping System

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000076954D
Original Publication Date: 1972-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-24
Document File: 3 page(s) / 63K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Pelletier, LL: AUTHOR

Abstract

The computerized automatic pumping (CAP) system will allow gasoline service stations to automatically record and allow the self-service dispensing of gas or oil, while the station is unattended at night or weekends.

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Computerized Automatic Pumping System

The computerized automatic pumping (CAP) system will allow gasoline service stations to automatically record and allow the self-service dispensing of gas or oil, while the station is unattended at night or weekends.

A computerized programmed operation will automatically control the gasoline pumps and oil can dispensing units, with the use of a magnetically encoded credit card.

The same automatically controlled pumps can be used by the station attendant during regular business hours when the customer wishes to use his credit card. This is done by the use of a portable keying unit that allows the customer to key in his code number, which must match his magnetically encoded credit card. The station attendant will insert the credit card into the computer connected control center, which will allow the pump to be turned on and also records each transaction automatically.

When the station is unattended the automatically controlled pumps are in a well lighted area, with substantial overhead cover to provide sufficient protection from inclement weather. This overhead cover also provides a facility to mount a TV monitoring camera, which will record on reusable tape any activity that activates the computerized controls. This security measure is an optional item and is not a necessary requirement for the automatic pumping system.

To activate the automatic pumps or oil dispensing units, the customer must insert his encoded credit card into a slot of the control center. He then keys in the matching coded number at the key set on the face of the control unit. If the numbers match, the pump or oil dispenser unit is activated and the transaction is automatically recorded by computer application programs. The computerized operation can be done in two ways.

1) If a station is owned by a major oil company that already has a central computerized system for their credit operations, the CAP system can use a toll- free telephone hook up and teleprocess facilities to the central computer.

This will require the customer to first dial up the oil company's credit center and then wait for a green "READY" light. He would then insert his credit card and key in his matching code number.

2) If a station is independently owned and wishes to provide this service to any credit-card holder that uses the magnetic strip s...