SmartFuel, introduced by SCI International of Clearwater, Florida, is new technology that employstiny radio signal transmitters fastened to vehicle gas tanks and fuelpumps to ensure that fuel will flow only when the correct fuel nozzleis inserted into the correct tank by the correct driver. According to the company, the SmartFuelsystem, which is controlled via a wireless RF (radio frequency) modemconnected to the fleet manager's office computer, can be installed onboth electronic and older mechanical fuel pumps. Because the new RF-based system cannot be affected by voltage fluctuationsor lightning storms (these disturbances typically crash cable-connectedfuel management systems), SCI International guarantees the SmartFuel systemto be free of all after- installation maintenance costs. "The first benefit SmartFuel customers notice is the immediate reductionin fleet fuel costs," said SCI International's founder, Meir Ezra. "Thesecond benefit they see is that the system is virtually maintenance freewith no downtime. The third benefit they see is that computerized reportscan be generated which list fueling details for any and every vehiclein the fleet." The SmartFuel wireless management system evolved from technology developedby the Israeli Air Force to control fuel flow during in-flight refuelingof aircraft. The system is currently being used to regulate fuel usage for dozensof municipal and commercial fleet owners around the world, including theRed Cross and the United Nations, according to SCI. Ezra said that customers routinely see a reduction in fleet fueling costsof 10 to 25 percent after installing the SmartFuel system. "It's not uncommon for employees to make second incomes by resellingcompany fuel to friends or other businesses. One South African companycut its fleet's fuel bill by 32 percent by installing the system. Thesystem completely eliminates fraud at the company fuel pump," said Ezra. Ezra said customers also realize savings from SmartFuel's ability toensure the proper fuel is dispensed into the proper tank. A Florida dairymanufacturer, Velda Farms, provides its drivers with two refueling pumps;one containing $.70-per-gallon off- road diesel fuel for the Thermo Kingrefrigeration units on their delivery trucks, and the second containing$1.35-per-gallon on-road diesel fuel for the delivery trucks themselves.Because operating one pump was easier than operating two, drivers werefilling both tanks with the $1.35-per-gallon fuel. "We installed SmartFuel, and suddenly $1.35-per-gallon fuel pump wouldnot release fuel into the Thermo King fuel tanks -- drivers were forcedto put the proper fuels into the proper tanks. Velda farms contactedus and enthusiastically reported a 25 percent reduction in fleet fuel costs afterSmartFuel stopped this misuse of fuels." In addition to cutting fueling costs, Ezra said customers who installthe SmartFuel system are able to enhance their fleet managementcapability through the installation of SCI's Smart-Co-Pilot, a GlobalPositioning System (GPS) which is capable of supplying critical user-definedinformation, like vehicle location and route taken, speed, engine data,door openings, as well as a host of other data relating to vehicle anddriver behavior. "Smart-Co-Pilot is similar to an airplane's 'black box'," said Ezra."It records and holds all information unless needed, whereupon it makescontact with the fleet manager's computer with a short data transmissionvia cell phone connection." Vehicle data not transmitted during theday is automatically downloaded to the fleet manager's computer via RFwhen the vehicle returns to the station. "It's not an "always online"system," said Ezra. "Data is transferred at the 'appropriate' time, andthat reduces costs and eliminates needless data overload," he said. "SCI is the only company to incorporate fuel management with GPS vehiclemanagement into a fully integrated system," said Ezra. "Our technologygives fleet owners everything they need, A to Z." For further informationcontact SCI at 727-461-9799 or via websiteat www.sciww.com
.About SCI International, Inc.
SCI (Smart Consumer Interface) International, Inc., is a Clearwater Florida-based provider of wireless solutions for fuel and fleet managment. SCI's systems have been used in Israel, South Africa, and Europe since1996, and were introduced to US consumers in 1998.