03/01/2012 // susan Fall // QuikQ
QuikQ, the leading provider of a cardless direct fuel connection between truck stop point-of-sale (POS) and motor carrier enterprise systems, today announced at the Truckload Carriers Annual Convention and Exhibition that it will be joining forces with two other industry leaders to create a product to allow internal vehicle data to be written to and/or read from RFID tags while a vehicle is at the fuel dispenser. For the commercial trucking industry this will open the door to a number of technological possibilities at a fraction of the cost.
QuikQ is combining the engineering talents of Indiana-based LHP Software, a software engineering service company specializing in highly engineered and customized software solutions with Impinj, Inc., the leading provider of UHF RFID solution for identifying, locating and authenticating items to bring the revolutionary solution to the industry.
“RFID standards change and improve with time,” said Ernie Betancourt, president of QuikQ. “Until recently, RFID technology was “known” not to allow physical connections to read/write data to the tag. With the latest enhancements, RFID technology can be used to wirelessly read/write bus data and we believe it can be done for a total cost of under $100 installed.”
The new product will use international standards technology, which means it will be totally hardware compatible with the QuikQ systems currently being installed by Love’s Travel Centers and TravelCenters of America locations across the United States.
Exclusively distributed by business-to-business electronic payments solutions provider, Comdata Corporation, the SmartQ system (formerly known as Fuel Island Manager) is a cardless fueling system for use in truck stops, travel centers, trucking company terminals and commercial unattended fueling sites in North America. To operate the system, a trucking company simply needs to install low cost RFID tags in each vehicle. Once a vehicle enters a SmartQ-equipped fueling station the tag will activate fuel dispensers according to each trucking company’s specifications for that vehicle and location.
“By adding this new capability fleets can now incorporate bus data information into the fuel transaction,” explained Betancourt. “In other words, while the vehicle is being fueled bus data can be used to eliminate the need for driver data entry and provide the carrier with additional information related to fuel control. For carriers that do not have in-cab mobile communication additional operational information can be made available through QuikQ systems.”
QuikQ is a privately held software development company based in Franklin, Tennessee dedicated to utilizing 21st century technologies to improve the trucking industry’s control of diesel fuel transactions by connecting carriers with truck stops and travel plazas. DFConnect™ is QuikQ’s cardless direct fuel connection between the truck stop point-of-sale systems and motor carrier enterprise systems. By integrating carriers’ enterprise software into an updated, streamlined fuel transaction process, QuikQ will help both carriers and truck stops realize significant savings. For more information, visit www.quikq.com
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