Patents Assigned to Gilbarco, Inc.
  • Patent number: 8342407
    Abstract: A method of completing a transaction at a point-of-sale terminal using payment information contained on a wireless unit of a customer. The method comprises providing a point-of-sale terminal capable of wirelessly connecting with a wireless unit of a customer desiring to complete a transaction. The point-of-sale terminal is used to perform at least one of reading a barcode displayed on the wireless unit containing short range network pairing information, or displaying a barcode containing short range network pairing information for reading by the wireless unit, to thereby establish a short range wireless network between the point-of-sale terminal and the wireless unit of the customer. Via the short range wireless network, transaction data is received from the wireless unit of the customer containing payment information. The transaction data is then used to effect payment for the transaction and thereby complete the transaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Gilbarco, Inc.
    Inventors: Rodger Williams, Ed Payne
  • Publication number: 20120286760
    Abstract: A multi-layer tamper detection arrangement for use with an input device comprising tamper-response electronics and memory. The multi-layer sensor arrangement comprises a flexible circuit assembly configured for connection to the input device. The flexible circuit assembly comprises an outer layer comprising a first tamper-responsive conductor circuit and a first inner layer disposed beneath the outer layer. The first inner layer comprises at least one switch, a removal detection circuit, and a foreign conductor detection circuit. The at least one switch is configured to close the removal detection circuit when the at least one switch is actuated, and the foreign conductor detection circuit is normally open. The first tamper-responsive conductor circuit, the removal detection circuit, and the foreign conductor detection circuit are configured for electrical communication with the tamper-response electronics of the input device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 11, 2011
    Publication date: November 15, 2012
    Applicant: GILBARCO INC.
    Inventors: Giovanni Carapelli, Philip A. Robertson
  • Patent number: 8285506
    Abstract: An apparatus for generating a measure of fluid. The apparatus comprises a flow meter and a pulser having an identifier and a memory. The pulser is associated with the flow meter for generating pulser data indicative of a volume of fluid delivered through the flow meter. The pulser may alter the pulser data using correction data stored in its memory to generate altered pulser data. The pulser may store at least one of the pulser data and the altered pulser data in the memory. The apparatus further comprises a switch operatively connected to the pulser's memory. The switch is operative to vary the memory of the pulser between a write-protected and a write-enabled mode. Also, the apparatus comprises a controller in communication with the pulser and a serial communication circuit which enables communication between the pulser and the controller. Communication between the controller and the pulser includes the identifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: Gilbarco Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Adam Oldham, Christopher Eric Scott, Juergen Voss
  • Patent number: 8284053
    Abstract: A fuel dispenser comprises fuel dispensing apparatus mounted within a housing and a nozzle for dispensing fuel. The fuel dispensing apparatus includes control electronics and at least one touch display mounted in the housing and operatively coupled to the control electronics. The touch display is configured to allow a user to make selections for conducting a transaction. A camera or other suitable proximity detector is configured to detect the presence of a user and whether the user exceeds a height threshold without the user physically touching the fuel dispenser. In response to detecting the presence of the user, the fuel dispenser control electronics activates the display so that instructions are presented to the user in a first orientation or a second orientation depending on whether the user's height exceeds the threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: Gilbarco Inc.
    Inventor: Jonathan E. DeLine
  • Patent number: 8240515
    Abstract: A lockable enclosure for protecting a pulser of a fuel dispenser including a pulser shaft connecting the pulser to a fuel meter, the enclosure having a first enclosure portion attached to the fuel meter, the first enclosure portion including a base wall, a top wall, a bottom wall, a rear wall, a front wall, a first locking plate extending outwardly from the front wall and a mounting aperture defined by the rear wall. A second enclosure portion is detachably mounted to the first enclosure portion, the second enclosure portion including an outer wall, a top wall, a bottom wall, a rear wall, a front wall, a second locking plate extending outwardly from the front wall and a mounting pin extending inwardly from the rear wall. When the mounting pin of the second enclosure portion is removably received in the mounting aperture defined by the rear wall of the first enclosure portion and the first and second locking plates are adjacent each other to enclose the pulser and pulser shaft within the enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: Gilbarco Inc.
    Inventors: Robert A. Kinzie, Vedamurthy Mallikarjunaswamy
  • Publication number: 20120078741
    Abstract: A fuel dispenser comprises fuel dispensing apparatus mounted within a housing and a nozzle for dispensing fuel. The fuel dispensing apparatus includes control electronics and at least one touch display mounted in the housing and operatively coupled to the control electronics. The touch display is configured to allow a user to make selections for conducting a transaction. A camera or other suitable proximity detector is configured to detect the presence of a user and whether the user exceeds a height threshold without the user physically touching the fuel dispenser. In response to detecting the presence of the user, the fuel dispenser control electronics activates the display so that instructions are presented to the user in a first orientation or a second orientation depending on whether the user's height exceeds the threshold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2011
    Publication date: March 29, 2012
    Applicant: GILBARCO INC.
    Inventor: Jonathan E. DeLine
  • Patent number: 8132721
    Abstract: There is described a device for the control and surveillance to check the regularity of the operation of automatic payment terminals, specifically automatic terminals employing payment card readers of the contact-type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Assignee: Gilbarco Inc.
    Inventor: Giovanni Carapelli
  • Patent number: 8042376
    Abstract: A method of determining whether a measured fuel delivery rate determined by a fuel meter of a fuel dispenser corresponds to an actual fuel delivery rate at which fuel is being dispensed to a vehicle through a fuel flow path. The method includes measuring a fuel delivery rate at a given time during a fueling operation, measuring a fuel pressure of the fuel within the fuel flow path at the given time, comparing the measured fuel pressure to a plurality of fuel pressure values from a data set including a plurality of actual fuel delivery rate values that correspond to the plurality of fuel pressure values, retrieving one of the plurality of actual fuel delivery rate values from the data set that corresponds to the measured fuel pressure value; and comparing the measured fuel delivery rate from the fuel meter to the one actual fuel delivery rate value to determine if the measured fuel delivery rate corresponds to the actual fuel delivery rate at which fuel is being dispensed to the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2011
    Assignee: Gilbarco Inc.
    Inventors: Zhou Yang, John Steven McSpadden, Benjamin T. Siler
  • Publication number: 20110240685
    Abstract: A hose management arrangement for use with a fuel dispenser having a fuel hose and a fuel nozzle, including a first coupler with a first portion and a second portion, the first coupler being fixed to the fuel hose by the first portion such that a first portion of the fuel hose extends from the first portion of the first coupler to a first end of the fuel hose and a second portion of the fuel hose extends from the first portion of the first coupler to a second end of the fuel hose, and an elongated resilient member including a first end fixed to the first coupler and a second end fixed adjacent the second end of the fuel hose, wherein the second portion of the first coupler slidably receives the second portion of the fuel hose.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2010
    Publication date: October 6, 2011
    Applicant: GILBARCO INC.
    Inventors: John E. Ingold, Ryan C. Garrett
  • Patent number: 8032414
    Abstract: Systems and methods for performing a consumer advertising transaction at a retail device are disclosed. According to one system and method, an identifier associated with the retail device is provided to a personal communication device. An application-specific user interface specific to the retail device is associated based on the identifier. A selection is received for the consumer advertising transaction made by a consumer interacting with the application-specific user interface executing on the personal communication device. The consumer advertising transaction is performed based on the received selection for the consumer advertising transaction made by the consumer interacting with the application-specific user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2011
    Assignee: Gilbarco Inc.
    Inventors: Edward A. Payne, Rodger Williams
  • Publication number: 20110231648
    Abstract: A retail environment having retail terminals with data entry point devices selectively encrypts input received by the data entry point devices and passes the encrypted data to a security module. The selective encryption is based on whether or not sensitive or confidential information, such as a personal identification number (PIN) associated with a debit card, is being input. To prevent hacking of the software of the retail terminal, content destined for display on the retail terminal is authenticated prior to display. In this manner, the retail terminal may be assured that confidential information is input only when desired, and thus may be encrypted only as needed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2011
    Publication date: September 22, 2011
    Applicant: GILBARCO INC.
    Inventors: Philip A. Robertson, Rodger K. Williams, Timothy M. Weston
  • Patent number: 8009032
    Abstract: Methods and systems for detecting tampering of a remote display. According to one method, a first data integrity result is generated by performing a first data integrity operation on display data to be displayed on the remote display at a secure module. The display data is transmitted from the secure module to the remote display security module. The remote display security module receives the display data. A second data integrity result is generated by performing the first data integrity operation on the display data received at the remote display security module. A determination is made as to whether the remote display has been tampered with at the secure module if the first data integrity result does not match the second data integrity result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignee: Gilbarco Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph D. Long, Giovanni Carapelli
  • Publication number: 20110166948
    Abstract: Methods and systems for preventing fraud by a customer at a fuel dispenser within a retail fueling environment are disclosed. According to one method, an authorization to access programming mode (AAPM) signal is received at the fuel dispenser from an authorization terminal coupled to the fuel dispenser. A request is received at the fuel dispenser to enter a programming mode of operation (PMO). The PMO is entered at the fuel dispenser to allow fuel dispenser settings of the fuel dispenser to be changed after receiving the AAPM signal and the request to enter the PMO.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2011
    Publication date: July 7, 2011
    Applicant: GILBARCO INC.
    Inventor: Benjamin Tasso Siler
  • Patent number: 7954386
    Abstract: A system and method for compensating a calculated or flow rate of fuel dispensed to a vehicle via a fuel flow path in response to a determination of a non-steady state condition based on data corresponding to a signal transmitted by a pressure sensor operatively coupled to the fuel flow path and configured to sense pressure therein, where the pressure sensor is adapted to transmit a signal representative of the sensed pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2011
    Assignee: Gilbarco Inc.
    Inventors: Seifollah S. Nanaji, Philip A. Robertson
  • Patent number: 7953968
    Abstract: A retail environment having retail terminals with data entry point devices selectively encrypts input received by the data entry point devices and passes the encrypted data to a security module. The selective encryption is based on whether or not sensitive or confidential information, such as a personal identification number (PIN) associated with a debit card, is being input. To prevent hacking of the software of the retail terminal, content destined for display on the retail terminal is authenticated prior to display. In this manner, the retail terminal may be assured that confidential information is input only when desired, and thus may be encrypted only as needed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2011
    Assignee: Gilbarco Inc.
    Inventors: Philip A. Robertson, Rodger K. Williams, Timothy M. Weston
  • Patent number: 7948376
    Abstract: A fuel dispenser comprising a housing, a fuel dispensing apparatus mounted within the housing, control electronics operatively connected to the fuel dispensing apparatus, at least one display mounted in the housing and operatively coupled to the control electronics, and a nozzle operatively coupled to the fuel dispensing apparatus and the fuel dispensing apparatus control electronics, the nozzle configured to produce electromagnetic signals. The dispenser is configured to trigger an alarm when the nozzle is brought into close proximity to the at least one display to prevent the user from using the nozzle to make data entries.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2011
    Assignee: Gilbarco Inc.
    Inventor: Jonathan E. DeLine
  • Publication number: 20110094287
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer program products for using a reference meter to provide automated calibration for a fuel dispenser are disclosed. According to one method, first historical metering data associated with a fuel flow meter and second historical metering data associated with a reference meter are maintained within a memory. The first historical metering data is compared with the second historical metering data. It is determined whether a difference exists between the first historical metering data and the second historical metering data that can be corrected by calibration of the fuel flow meter. In response to determining that a difference exists between the first historical metering data and the second historical metering data that can be corrected by calibration of the fuel flow meter, an automated calibration of the fuel flow meter is performed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2011
    Publication date: April 28, 2011
    Applicant: Gilbarco Inc.
    Inventors: Seifollah S. Nanaji, John Steve McSpadden, Gordon Wayne Johnson
  • Publication number: 20110093118
    Abstract: A system and method of detecting fuel theft at a fuel dispenser. The system has a fluid flow meter, a pulser operatively coupled to said fluid flow meter, and a control system in electrical communication with the pulser. The control system is configured to calculate a flow rate of fuel being dispensed from a gasoline dispenser during a single dispensing transaction. The flow rate is sampled at predetermined time intervals during the single dispensing transaction. The system then compares the sampled flow rates to a predetermined flow rate pattern indicative of potential fraud. A shutoff signal is then provided to the dispenser to stop fuel flow through the dispenser if the sampled flow rates are substantially similar to the predetermined pattern.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2009
    Publication date: April 21, 2011
    Applicant: GILBARCO INC.
    Inventors: John Steven McSpadden, Benjamin T. Siler
  • Patent number: 7912577
    Abstract: Methods and systems for preventing fraud by a customer at a fuel dispenser within a retail fueling environment are disclosed. According to one method, an authorization to access programming mode (AAPM) signal is received at the fuel dispenser from an authorization terminal coupled to the fuel dispenser. A request is received at the fuel dispenser to enter a programming mode of operation (PMO). The PMO is entered at the fuel dispenser to allow fuel dispenser settings of the fuel dispenser to be changed after receiving the AAPM signal and the request to enter the PMO.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2011
    Assignee: Gilbarco Inc.
    Inventor: Benjamin Tasso Siler
  • Publication number: 20100325003
    Abstract: An integrated point-of-sale terminal for use with a fuel dispenser has a site controller, at least one dispenser having a user interface, at least one processor at the site controller, memory coupled to the processor, and a plurality of point-of-sale applications associated with the site controller. The processor is configured to dynamically regulate which of the plurality of point-of-sale applications has control of the dispenser user interface based on a set of business rules.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2010
    Publication date: December 23, 2010
    Applicant: GILBARCO INC.
    Inventors: Kenneth Ringeman, Rodger K. Williams