Patents by Inventor Giovanni Carapelli

Giovanni Carapelli has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Publication number: 20200412127
    Abstract: A fuel dispenser includes a power distribution system having an alternating current (AC) power supply and an AC to direct current (DC) power converter configured to convert a portion of the AC power to DC power for one or more DC peripheral components associated with the fuel dispenser. The power distribution system also includes processing circuitry configured to power down at least one of the DC peripheral components in response to an actuator, cause an indicator to be activated indicating that the DC peripheral components are de-energized and the AC power supply is active, power up the at least one direct current peripheral component in response to the actuator when the direct current peripherals are de-energized, and cause the indicator to be activated to indicate that both the DC peripheral components and the AC power supply are active.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2020
    Publication date: December 31, 2020
    Inventors: Giovanni Carapelli, Joseph Long, Wayne McNinch
  • Patent number: 10778009
    Abstract: A fuel dispenser includes a power distribution system having an alternating current (AC) power supply and an AC to direct current (DC) power converter configured to convert a portion of the AC power to DC power for one or more DC peripheral components associated with the fuel dispenser. The power distribution system also includes processing circuitry configured to power down at least one of the DC peripheral components in response to an actuator, cause an indicator to be activated indicating that the DC peripheral components are de-energized and the AC power supply is active, power up the at least one direct current peripheral component in response to the actuator when the direct current peripherals are de-energized, and cause the indicator to be activated to indicate that both the DC peripheral components and the AC power supply are active.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Gilbarco Inc.
    Inventors: Giovanni Carapelli, Joseph Long, Wayne McNinch
  • Patent number: 10703622
    Abstract: A fuel analyzer for a fuel dispensing environment is provided including an ultrasonic transmitter configured to transmit an ultrasonic signal through a volume of fuel, an ultrasonic receiver configured to receive the ultrasonic signal, and processing circuitry. The processing circuitry is configured to receive an indication of transmission of the ultrasonic signal from the ultrasonic transmitter, receive an indication of receipt of the ultrasonic signal from the ultrasonic receiver, determine a time of flight of the ultrasonic signal, and determine a fuel purity based on the time of flight of the ultrasonic signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Gillbarco Inc.
    Inventors: Giovanni Carapelli, Wayne McNinch, Changzhong Jiang
  • Patent number: 10657524
    Abstract: A secure evaluation assembly in which an encrypted communication of cardholder data from an input device to a remote host processing system may be securely evaluated. The secure evaluation assembly includes antitampering control electronics and a memory. The secure evaluation assembly memory contains information needed to decrypt data encrypted according to a first encryption method and information needed to encrypt data according to a second encryption method. Further, the secure evaluation assembly memory is encrypted according to a third encryption method. The antitampering control electronics are operative to decrypt the secure evaluation assembly memory and are further operative to decrypt cardholder data encrypted according to the first encryption method to produce unencrypted cardholder data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignees: Gilbarco Inc., Gilbarco, S.r.l.
    Inventors: Giovanni Carapelli, Kenneth Ringeman, Rodger Williams
  • Publication number: 20200112343
    Abstract: Methods of detecting fraud at card reader input devices. One method includes providing a sensor circuit comprising a sensor coil, wherein the sensor coil is coupled with an exterior surface of a card reader input device housing, and applying alternating electric current to the sensor circuit. The method also comprises measuring an electrical characteristic of the sensor circuit to obtain at least one measured value of the electrical characteristic and storing in a card reader input device memory at least one reference value of the electrical characteristic. Finally, the method comprises comparing, via a card reader input device processor, the at least one measured value with the at least one reference value to determine whether a skimming device is disposed internal to the card reader input device housing proximate to the smart card contact block.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2019
    Publication date: April 9, 2020
    Inventors: Howard Myers, Giovanni Carapelli
  • Patent number: 10332083
    Abstract: A method of performing a fueling transaction via an application installed on a mobile device, such as a smart phone. One step of the method involves receiving at the mobile device a short range wireless initiation signal directly from a fuel dispenser. The wireless initiation signal contains information indentifying the fuel dispenser. In response to the wireless initiation signal, an application is automatically launched on the mobile device. Input is received into the mobile device from a customer, which is interpreted by the application to correspond to at least one selection made by the customer. Payment information of the customer is transmitted from the mobile device to a remote cloud server so that the transaction can be authorized. As fuel is dispensed from the fuel dispenser, at least one of fueling information and promotional information is received at the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Gilbarco Inc.
    Inventors: Rodger K. Williams, Robert P. Hoffman, Giovanni Carapelli, Edward A. Payne
  • Publication number: 20190135608
    Abstract: A fuel dispenser includes a fuel nozzle configured to be connected to a vehicle fuel system, fuel piping configured to transfer fuel from at least one fuel storage tank associated with the fuel dispenser through the fuel nozzle into the vehicle fuel system, and a fraud detection valve apparatus. The fraud detection valve apparatus includes a cutoff valve configured to selectively prevent flow of fuel, a flow sensor configured to sense a flow of fuel, and processing circuity. The processing circuitry is configured to receive an indication of flow of fuel through the fuel flow control valve apparatus, determine an authorization status, and in response to a determination of no authorization during flow, cause the cutoff valve apparatus to close.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2018
    Publication date: May 9, 2019
    Inventors: Giovanni Carapelli, Howard Myers
  • Patent number: 10266387
    Abstract: A fuel dispenser comprising fuel flow piping defining a flow path from a source of fuel toward a fueling nozzle. The fuel flow piping further has a filter manifold for mounting a fuel filter thereon. A plurality of fuel handling components are disposed along the fuel flow piping. A sensor device is mounted to the filter manifold, the sensor device having at least one sensor operative to detect a sensed condition related to the fuel dispenser. The sensor device further comprises electronics to transmit a signal related to the sensed condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Gilbarco Inc.
    Inventors: Giovanni Carapelli, Michael Charles Liebal, Wayne McNinch, Howard Myers, Edward A. Payne, Christopher Adam Oldham
  • Publication number: 20190042803
    Abstract: A vending machine user interface can include a first controller operatively connected to an input device capable of receiving payment or account information. The first controller can, with another device, via a second controller, or otherwise, allow secure communication of data from the input device. The first controller, in this regard, can control the communication between the input device and the other device to protect the input device from unwarranted communication from the other device. The first controller can establish a secure channel with the other device using encrypted communications. The first controller, second controller, etc. can be connected to independent printed circuit boards (PCB). Activation of sensors connected to the PCBs can cause the first and/or second controllers to erase data necessary to ascertain/decode communications from the input device, such as encryption/decryption information, or may otherwise decommission the input device or a portion thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2018
    Publication date: February 7, 2019
    Inventor: Giovanni Carapelli
  • Patent number: 10173885
    Abstract: A fuel dispenser comprises a fuel nozzle configured to be connected to a vehicle fuel system. Fuel piping configured to transfer fuel from at least one fuel storage tank associated with the fuel dispenser through the fuel nozzle into the vehicle fuel system is also provided. A flow control valve and a flow measurement device are located along the fuel piping, the flow measurement device having a housing defining a flow path therethrough. The flow measurement device includes a first exciter for producing a first wave in fuel moving along the flow path. A second exciter produces a second wave in the fuel which passes through the first wave, wherein the second wave has a higher frequency than the first wave. At least one sensor is spaced apart from the first exciter and the second exciter, the at least one sensor being configured to detect at least one measurable characteristic of the second wave from which flow rate can be derived.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: Gilbarco Inc.
    Inventor: Giovanni Carapelli
  • Publication number: 20180368207
    Abstract: A method and system for transmitting data between devices within a fueling environment comprising a wireless mesh network wherein the devices are configured to communicate via the wireless mesh network. A wireless communication device is connected to each device, and a middleware executed by the wireless communication device handles communications between the devices and the wireless mesh network.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2018
    Publication date: December 20, 2018
    Inventor: Giovanni Carapelli
  • Patent number: 10155652
    Abstract: A retail fueling environment comprises a plurality of fuel dispensers located so that each defines at least one refueling position. Site automation electronics are in communication with the plurality of fuel dispensers. A fueling position availability indicator system is also provided, including a plurality of position indicators indicating availability status of at least one associated refueling position. Detection electronics are operative to ascertain data regarding transaction status of refueling transactions at the refueling positions. In addition, processing electronics are operative to determine a state of each of the position indicators based at least in part on the transaction status. A position indicator control device is operative to produce control signals to the position indicators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Gilbarco Inc.
    Inventors: Giovanni Carapelli, Michael Charles Liebal, Andrew Pearce, Wayne McNinch
  • Publication number: 20180352265
    Abstract: In an example embodiment, a card reader in dispenser (CRIND) is provided including a processor and a memory including computer program code, the memory and the computer programming code configured to, with the processor, cause the CRIND to receive one or more transaction messages from a forecourt controller or a peripheral device associated with a fuel dispenser, compare the one or more transaction messages to one or more message sequences associated with transaction phases of a fuel dispenser, determine a transaction phase of the fuel dispenser based on the comparison of the one or more transaction messages with the one or more message sequences, and cause feature processing circuitry to provide selected alternative media content to a user interface of the fuel dispenser based on the determined transaction phase.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2018
    Publication date: December 6, 2018
    Inventor: Giovanni Carapelli
  • Patent number: 10102401
    Abstract: A vending machine user interface can include a first controller operatively connected to an input device capable of receiving payment or account information. The first controller can, with another device, via a second controller, or otherwise, allow secure communication of data from the input device. The first controller, in this regard, can control the communication between the input device and the other device to protect the input device from unwarranted communication from the other device. The first controller can establish a secure channel with the other device using encrypted communications. The first controller, second controller, etc. can be connected to independent printed circuit boards (PCB). Activation of sensors connected to the PCBs can cause the first and/or second controllers to erase data necessary to ascertain/decode communications from the input device, such as encryption/decryption information, or may otherwise decommission the input device or a portion thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Gilbarco Inc.
    Inventor: Giovanni Carapelli
  • Publication number: 20180209940
    Abstract: A fuel analyzer for a fuel dispensing environment is provided including an ultrasonic transmitter configured to transmit an ultrasonic signal through a volume of fuel, an ultrasonic receiver configured to receive the ultrasonic signal, and processing circuitry. The processing circuitry is configured to receive an indication of transmission of the ultrasonic signal from the ultrasonic transmitter, receive an indication of receipt of the ultrasonic signal from the ultrasonic receiver, determine a time of flight of the ultrasonic signal, and determine a fuel purity based on the time of flight of the ultrasonic signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2018
    Publication date: July 26, 2018
    Inventors: Giovanni Carapelli, Wayne McNinch, Changzhong Jiang
  • Patent number: 9972159
    Abstract: An assembly for installation in a fuel dispensing environment having a forecourt controller and at least one fuel dispenser communicating via legacy cable. The assembly comprises a sniffer device connectable along the legacy cable such that a first communication side thereof is in electrical communication with the forecourt controller and a second communication side thereof is in electrical communication with the fuel dispenser. The sniffer device is operative to receive an incoming message at either the first communication side or the second communication side. The sniffer device also includes memory and a processor, the processor implementing instructions to interpret the incoming message. Based on an interpretation of the incoming message, the sniffer device is operative to determine an action to be taken regarding the incoming message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Gilbarco Inc.
    Inventors: Giovanni Carapelli, Thomas J. Park
  • Publication number: 20180102648
    Abstract: A fuel dispenser includes a power distribution system having an alternating current (AC) power supply and an AC to direct current (DC) power converter configured to convert a portion of the AC power to DC power for one or more DC peripheral components associated with the fuel dispenser. The power distribution system also includes processing circuitry configured to power down at least one of the DC peripheral components in response to an actuator, cause an indicator to be activated indicating that the DC peripheral components are de-energized and the AC power supply is active, power up the at least one direct current peripheral component in response to the actuator when the direct current peripherals are de-energized, and cause the indicator to be activated to indicate that both the DC peripheral components and the AC power supply are active.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2017
    Publication date: April 12, 2018
    Inventors: Giovanni Carapelli, Joseph Long, Wayne McNinch
  • Patent number: 9887845
    Abstract: Systems and methods for watermarking content and authenticating watermarked content are provided. Content is rendered on a display while watermarking information embedded in portions of the content are obtained. The watermarking information is verified to authenticate the content. If the content is not authentic, or is not authenticated within a period of time, the content can be terminated or otherwise blocked from rendering on the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Gilbarco
    Inventors: Giovanni Carapelli, Bruce Welch
  • Publication number: 20180029869
    Abstract: A retail fueling environment comprises a plurality of fuel dispensers located so that each defines at least one refueling position. Site automation electronics are in communication with the plurality of fuel dispensers. A fueling position availability indicator system is also provided, including a plurality of position indicators indicating availability status of at least one associated refueling position. Detection electronics are operative to ascertain data regarding transaction status of refueling transactions at the refueling positions. In addition, processing electronics are operative to determine a state of each of the position indicators based at least in part on the transaction status. A position indicator control device is operative to produce control signals to the position indicators.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2017
    Publication date: February 1, 2018
    Inventors: Giovanni Carapelli, Michael Charles Liebal, Andrew Pearce, Wayne McNinch
  • Publication number: 20170283239
    Abstract: A fuel dispenser comprising fuel flow piping defining a flow path from a source of fuel toward a fueling nozzle. The fuel flow piping further has a filter manifold for mounting a fuel filter thereon. A plurality of fuel handling components are disposed along the fuel flow piping. A sensor device is mounted to the filter manifold, the sensor device having at least one sensor operative to detect a sensed condition related to the fuel dispenser. The sensor device further comprises electronics to transmit a signal related to the sensed condition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2017
    Publication date: October 5, 2017
    Inventors: Giovanni Carapelli, Michael Charles Liebal, Wayne McNinch, Howard Myers, Edward A. Payne, Christopher Adam Oldham