System for remotely managing bulk product storage

  • US 7,292,993 B2
  • Filed: 02/06/2002
  • Issued: 11/06/2007
  • Est. Priority Date: 02/08/2001
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
First Claim
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1. A system for allowing a plurality of non-associated fuel dealers to remotely managing fuel storage in a plurality of customer storage locations comprising:

  • a computer accessible by a plurality of fuel dealers;

    a measurer measuring the storage level of a fuel at a customer storage location and generating a measurement signal indicative thereof;

    a data processor associated with the measurer receiving and storing the measurement signal;

    a communicator wirelessly coupled to the data processor, the communicator transmitting the measurement signal to the computer via a communications network;

    an access interface associated with the computer and coupling the computer to the communications network;

    a database accessible by the computer containing a plurality of data associated with customer fuel storage levels for a plurality of customer accounts;

    a plurality of functional software modules executing on the computer by which one of the plurality of fuel dealers selectively manipulates the plurality of data associated with a particular customer storage location;

    comprisingan administrative software module allowing the plurality of fuel dealers to create new customer accounts administer existing customer accounts,a management software module allowing the plurality of fuel dealers to query the database for customer information associated with their customer accounts,a scheduling software module for optimizing fuel deliveries to their customer account storage locations, andan authorization software module for securing the system such that authorized fuel dealers are allowed access to their customer account information and a customer is permitted to view the storage level of a fuel at the customer'"'"'s storage location,wherein a plurality of fuel dealer computers access the computer, each fuel dealer having a plurality of customer accounts to whom they supply fuel, each fuel dealer accessing the computer system via the authorization software and administering customer accounts via the administrative software.

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