Patents by Inventor Rodger K. Williams

Rodger K. Williams 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).

  • Patent number: 10679456
    Abstract: A fuel dispenser comprises fuel flow piping defining a flow path from a source of fuel toward a fueling nozzle. A plurality of fuel handling components are disposed along the fuel flow piping. Control electronics, in operative communication with the fluid handling components, include a multi-core processor having at least two processor cores located on a common integrated circuit chip, the at least two processor cores utilizing different operating systems in an asynchronous manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Gilbarco, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward Asbell Payne, Rodger K. Williams
  • 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: 20190043299
    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: October 12, 2018
    Publication date: February 7, 2019
    Inventors: Philip A. Robertson, Rodger K. Williams, Timothy M. Weston
  • Patent number: 10109142
    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: May 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Gilbarco Inc.
    Inventors: Philip A. Robertson, Rodger K. Williams, Timothy M. Weston
  • Patent number: 10019953
    Abstract: A system and method for displaying information at a fuel dispenser comprises an electrophoretic display that may be configured to operate in low temperature environments. The fuel dispenser may comprise a keypad located beneath the electrophoretic display in order to present a graphical user interface to a customer and receive the customer's selections. The fuel dispenser may comprise additional electrophoretic displays to present additional information to the consumer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Gilbarco Inc.
    Inventors: Edward A. Payne, Rodger K. Williams, Ryan C. Garrett
  • Patent number: 9959816
    Abstract: A system and method for displaying information at a fuel dispenser comprises an electrophoretic display that may be configured to operate in low temperature environments. The fuel dispenser may comprise a keypad located beneath the electrophoretic display in order to present a graphical user interface to a customer and receive the customer's selections. The fuel dispenser may comprise additional electrophoretic displays to present additional information to the consumer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Gilbarco Inc.
    Inventors: Edward A. Payne, Rodger K. Williams, Ryan C. Garrett
  • Publication number: 20180053370
    Abstract: A retail fueling environment comprising a plurality of fuel dispensers located in a forecourt area of the fueling environment. A central controller operative to communicate with a remote payment authorization system to authorize payment of fueling transactions is also provided. The fuel dispensers and the central controller have a respective wireless communication device associated therewith such that the fuel dispensers can communicate with the central controller via wireless transmission. Preferably, the wireless transmission utilizes 802.11p protocol.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 18, 2017
    Publication date: February 22, 2018
    Inventors: Rodger K. Williams, Edward A. Payne
  • Publication number: 20180009651
    Abstract: A fuel dispenser comprises fuel flow piping defining a flow path from a source of fuel toward a fueling nozzle. A plurality of fuel handling components are disposed along the fuel flow piping. Control electronics are in operative communication with the fluid handling components. The fuel dispenser includes network circuitry operative to create a wireless peer to peer network with an adjacent vehicle. After creation of such network, the control electronics receive transaction information from the vehicle in electronic form via the network circuitry, and cause at least one function of the fuel dispenser to be controlled for a transaction based on the transaction information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 6, 2017
    Publication date: January 11, 2018
    Inventors: Edward Asbell Payne, Rodger K. Williams, Christopher J. Whitley
  • Publication number: 20180014342
    Abstract: A fuel dispenser comprises fuel flow piping defining a flow path from a source of fuel toward a fueling nozzle. A plurality of fuel handling components are disposed along the fuel flow piping. Control electronics are in operative communication with the fluid handling components. The fuel dispenser further includes network circuitry operative to create an ad hoc wireless network with an adjacent vehicle and, after creation of such network, exchange security indicia with the vehicle that identifies the fuel dispenser as a trusted road side unit. Thereafter, the fuel dispenser facilitates a communication link with a remote server for bulk data transfer to the vehicle of information unrelated to a fueling transaction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 7, 2017
    Publication date: January 11, 2018
    Inventors: Thomas Hinz, Edward Asbell Payne, Rodger K. Williams
  • Publication number: 20170358040
    Abstract: A fuel dispenser comprises fuel flow piping defining a flow path from a source of fuel toward a fueling nozzle. A plurality of fuel handling components are disposed along the fuel flow piping. Control electronics are in operative communication with the fluid handling components. A payment system includes a PIN pad that transmits secure tokens which are preferably cryptographically unique and independent such as not to be a function or derivative of network keys or user PIN. The tokens are then received and acted upon by a second subsystem to render PIN entry display data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2017
    Publication date: December 14, 2017
    Inventors: Rodger K. Williams, Edward A. Payne
  • Publication number: 20170275148
    Abstract: A method of operating a fuel dispenser having a plurality of fuel handling components and a user interface having at least one peripheral device for input of sensitive payment information. One step of the method involves providing control electronics for the fuel dispenser, the control electronics including a multi-core processor having at least two processor cores and an on-board memory located on a common integrated circuit chip. According to another step, pump hydraulic software is executed on a first processor core of the at least two processor cores via a real-time operating system, the pump hydraulic software being in operative communication with at least one of the fuel handling components. Peripheral control software is executed on a second processor core of the at least two processor cores operating via a non-real time operating system separately and asynchronously from the first processor core.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2017
    Publication date: September 28, 2017
    Inventors: Rodger K. Williams, Edward Asbell Payne
  • Publication number: 20170278338
    Abstract: A fuel dispenser comprises fuel flow piping defining a flow path from a source of fuel toward a fueling nozzle. A plurality of fuel handling components are disposed along the fuel flow piping. Control electronics, in operative communication with the fluid handling components, include a multi-core processor having at least two processor cores located on a common integrated circuit chip, the at least two processor cores utilizing different operating systems in an asynchronous manner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2017
    Publication date: September 28, 2017
    Inventors: Edward Asbell Payne, Rodger K. Williams
  • Patent number: 9715600
    Abstract: A vending machine can include a touch display and a touch controller operatively connected to the touch display and configured to transmit display data to the touch display and receive input data from a touchscreen function of the touch display. The vending machine also includes a secure device operatively connected to the touch display for securing the display by managing touch input information provided to one or more applications based on the input data received from the touchscreen functionality. The vending machine has a processor operatively connected to the secure device for communicating access requests for the touch display to the secure device from the one or more applications along with an indication of whether the one or more applications are signed by an authorized entity. The secure device manages the touch input information provided to the one or more applications further based at least in part on the indication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignees: Gilbarco Inc., Gilbarco, S.r.l.
    Inventors: Rodger K. Williams, Giovanni Carapelli
  • Publication number: 20170160118
    Abstract: A method for alternative fuel life-cycle tracking includes electronically receiving, at a remote server, fuel data of fuel in a first container. The fuel comprises first and second batches. The fuel data includes first and second sets of alternative fuel identifiers (AFIs) associated with, respectively, a first unit of the first batch and a second unit of the second batch. The method further includes electronically receiving, at the remote server, a transfer volume of the fuel being transferred to a second container. The method further includes electronically transferring, at the remote server, first and second subsets, respectively, of the first and second sets of AFIs to be associated with the second container. The transfer of the first and second subsets is based on the transfer volume and a proportion of the first unit to the second unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2016
    Publication date: June 8, 2017
    Inventors: Rodger K. Williams, Edward A. Payne
  • Patent number: 9523597
    Abstract: A fuel flow meter assembly for detecting fraud caused by tampering. The fuel flow meter assembly comprises a fuel flow meter comprising a shaft and a fiber optic displacement sensor operatively connected to the fuel flow meter shaft for generating information representative of an amount of fuel delivered through the fuel flow meter. The fuel flow meter assembly also comprises at least one transponder coupled with one of the fuel flow meter shaft and the displacement sensor. Further, the fuel flow meter assembly comprises at least one interrogator electronics coupled with the other of the fuel flow meter shaft and the displacement sensor. The at least one interrogator electronics is configured for remote electronic communication with the at least one transponder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: Gilbarco Inc.
    Inventors: Rodger K. Williams, Edward A. Payne, John A. Lofgren, Mark B. Monson
  • Patent number: 9483759
    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: May 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: Gilbarco Inc.
    Inventors: Rodger K. Williams, Edward A. Payne
  • Patent number: 9458772
    Abstract: A fuel control system and method for providing fuel to an internal combustion engine are provided. The fuel control system generally includes at least one valve device structured to deliver a fuel supply to the engine, a first fuel source structured to provide a primary fuel to the valve device, a second fuel source structured to provide an alternate fuel to the valve device, and an electronic controller structured to control the valve device. The electronic controller controls the valve device as a function of various data to selectively deliver the primary fuel and the alternate fuel to generate a fuel supply, e.g. as a mixture of the two fuels. The data used to control the fuel supply may include GPS data, engine data, environmental data, and/or other operational data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: IMMIXT, LLC
    Inventors: Rodger K. Williams, Edward Payne
  • Publication number: 20160171253
    Abstract: A vending machine can include a touch display and a touch controller operatively connected to the touch display and configured to transmit display data to the touch display and receive input data from a touchscreen function of the touch display. The vending machine also includes a secure device operatively connected to the touch display for securing the display by managing touch input information provided to one or more applications based on the input data received from the touchscreen functionality. The vending machine has a processor operatively connected to the secure device for communicating access requests for the touch display to the secure device from the one or more applications along with an indication of whether the one or more applications are signed by an authorized entity. The secure device manages the touch input information provided to the one or more applications further based at least in part on the indication.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2016
    Publication date: June 16, 2016
    Inventors: Rodger K. Williams, Giovanni Carapelli
  • Publication number: 20160160767
    Abstract: A fuel control system and method for providing fuel to an internal combustion engine are provided. The fuel control system generally includes at least one valve device structured to deliver a fuel supply to the engine, a first fuel source structured to provide a primary fuel to the valve device, a second fuel source structured to provide an alternate fuel to the valve device, and an electronic controller structured to control the valve device. The electronic controller controls the valve device as a function of various data to selectively deliver the primary fuel and the alternate fuel to generate a fuel supply, e.g. as a mixture of the two fuels. The data used to control the fuel supply may include GPS data, engine data, environmental data, and/or other operational data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2014
    Publication date: June 9, 2016
    Applicant: IMMIXT, LLC
    Inventors: Rodger K. Williams, Edward Payne
  • Patent number: 9302899
    Abstract: A method of conducting a fueling transaction at a fuel dispenser. The fuel dispenser includes a flow meter operatively connected to internal fuel flow piping. The method comprises the step of providing a displacement sensor for generating information representative of an amount of fuel delivered through the flow meter. The displacement sensor comprises at least one transponder operatively connected to the flow meter. The method also comprises providing at least one interrogator electronics configured for remote electronic communication with the at least one transponder and authorizing the fueling transaction. Finally, the method comprises communicating with the at least one transponder using the at least one interrogator electronics during the fueling transaction. Fuel dispensers and flow meter assemblies comprising displacement sensors having transponders and/or capacitive sensing elements are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: Gilbarco Inc.
    Inventors: Rodger K. Williams, Edward A. Payne, Christopher E. Scott