|Publication number||US20050261916 A1|
|Application number||US 10/679,860|
|Publication date||Nov 24, 2005|
|Filing date||Oct 6, 2003|
|Priority date||Feb 25, 1997|
|Also published as||US7383204, US20010001203, US20030106934, US20070174126, US20080126208|
|Publication number||10679860, 679860, US 2005/0261916 A1, US 2005/261916 A1, US 20050261916 A1, US 20050261916A1, US 2005261916 A1, US 2005261916A1, US-A1-20050261916, US-A1-2005261916, US2005/0261916A1, US2005/261916A1, US20050261916 A1, US20050261916A1, US2005261916 A1, US2005261916A1|
|Inventors||Don McCall, Dave Embertson, Mike Zahajko, Stephen Mixon, G. Nicholson|
|Original Assignee||Autogas Systems, Inc.|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Patent Citations (87), Referenced by (40), Classifications (57), Legal Events (3)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
This application is a continuation-in-part of U.S. patent application Ser. No. 09/542,178, filed Apr. 4, 2000, which was a continuation of U.S. patent application Ser. No. 09/255,472, filed Feb. 23, 1999, which was a continuation-in-part of U.S. patent application Ser. No. 09/026/634, filed Feb. 20, 1998, which claimed the benefit of the filing date of U.S. Provisional Application Ser. No. 60/039,007, which was filed Feb. 25, 1997, the disclosures of which are incorporated herein by reference.
This invention relates to retail fuel dispensers and more particularly, to a system utilized in conjunction with a fuel dispenser that will allow consumers to purchase fuel using monies owed to the consumer due to past purchases.
Typically, a cash back machine can be used to return unused monies to a consumer that uses a bill accepting device or magnetic card reader to pay for fuel. However, cash back machines are costly. Furthermore, using cash back machines to return unused monies to consumers do not increase consumer loyalty.
The present invention is directed to overcoming one or more of the limitations of systems for purchasing fuel.
According to one aspect of the present invention, a system for dispensing fuel is provided that includes a nozzle for dispensing the fuel, a controller in communication with the nozzle for selectively causing the nozzle to dispense the fuel, a reader connected to the controller for reading data provided by a user and transferring the data to the controller, and a database for storing a record corresponding to the data that includes a monetary value. During operation, upon receipt of the data, the controller accesses the record and causes the nozzle to dispense the fuel.
According to another aspect of the present invention, a computer implemented method for permitting a user to purchase fuel from a fuel dispenser is provided that includes receiving payment from the user, and if the payment received from the user exceeds a purchase price of the fuel, then providing the user with change in the form of a cash equivalent.
According to another aspect of the present invention, a computer program stored in a memory device for permitting a user to purchase fuel from a fuel dispenser is provided that includes instructions for receiving payment from the user, if the payment received from the user exceeds a purchase price of the fuel, then providing the user with change in the form of a cash equivalent.
According to another aspect of the present invention, a database stored in a memory device for use in a fuel dispensing system for permitting users to purchase fuel is provided that includes one or more records having corresponding index values, and corresponding monetary values.
According to another aspect of the present invention, a receipt for use in a system for permitting users to purchase fuel from a fuel dispenser is provided that includes a substrate, and indicia coupled to the substrate representative of monies owed to the users.
The present embodiments of the invention provide a system for dispensing fuel in which users may be provided change in the form of a cash equivalent. The cash equivalent may then be used by the user to purchase fuel using the system. The system further creates a database that include a plurality of records having corresponding index and monetary values. The cash equivalents may then be provided in the form of a bar coded or magnetic representation of the corresponding records. In this manner, the present embodiments of the invention provide a cost efficient and commercially valuable system for enhancing the profitability of fuel dispensing systems by improving customer loyalty.
The front side 16 houses a conventional graphics displays 20 a, 20 b and a reader device 22 embodying features of the present invention. The graphics displays 20 a, 20 b each include a large, conventional, LCD panel for showing text and numerals, such as a price 24 that corresponds to an amount of fuel dispensed, or other customer-related messages. The reader device 22 includes magnetic strip reading circuitry connected to a controller 26 through a cable 28 such as an RS232 serial data bus. For the sake of example, the controller 26 controls the reader device 22 as well as other functions of the dispenser 12, such as a controller that includes a Customer Activated Terminal (“CAT”) computer produced by the Wayne Division of Dresser Industries. Both the controller 26 and the cable 28 are conventional devices housed inside the dispenser 12. It is understood that the reader device 22 and controller 26 continue to provide conventional magnetic strip reading functions in addition to the functions and features herein described.
The controller 26 is also connected to a computing center 30 through a bus 32. In one embodiment, the computing center 30 is remotely located inside a store (not shown) or at an unattended site where it may be readily accessed. The computing center 30 includes a point-of-sale (“POS”) controller 34. The POS controller 34 includes many features of a conventional electronic cash register, such as a keyboard 36, a display 38, a database 40, a cash drawer 42, and an internal card reader device 44, for use by an operator in charge of overseeing and maintaining the dispenser system 10. It is understood that the database 40 may be remote, and is shown with the POS 34 for ease of description. Also, the POS controller 34 may be in communication with other systems or devices, such as a carwash facility 46.
The database 40 contains a collection of records pertaining to its customers. For example, the store may be a member-oriented retail outlet, and a record for each customer indicates that the customer is a member and a “level” of benefits or privileges that the customer may receive. One level may indicate a first discount to the customer of the goods he purchases while another level may indicate a second discount. The POS controller 34 can thereby receive information from the controller 26, access the database 40, and return control codes which indicate, for example, membership status, level of benefits, or an “OK” signal to allow fuel dispensing.
In operation, the reader device 22 receives a bar coded card 80. As the bar coded card 80 is slid into the slot 74, light from the light source 66 reflects off the bar coded card 80 so that the photo detector 64 can sequentially read bits of optical (bar coded) data 82 stored on the card. The bar code detector 60 interprets the bar coded data 82 and coverts it into ASCII data, which it transmits to the controller 26,
In another embodiment,
In operation, the reader device 90 receives the card 80. The card 80 has the bar coded data 82 and may also include magnetic strip data 104 stored thereon. The reader device 90 reads the magnetic strip data 104 in a conventional manner with the magnetic strip reader 96 and reports it to the controller 26 through the cable 28, as is done in the device 22 (
A benefit of the modified reader devices 22, 90 is that their modification can be done very easily, while maintaining full functionality of the remaining components. Also, the modification can be sold as a kit to simply replace the previous, conventional magnetic-strip-only reader devices with the improved devices 22, 90. Other modifications can easily be supported, such as using a single cable instead of two cables 28, 62, or sharing some or all of the circuitry 95 for use in bar coded and magnetic data interpretation.
A front side 116 houses the conventional graphics displays 20 a, 20 b and (optionally) a conventional magnetic-strip-only reader device 118. The front side 116 also houses a scanning bar code reader 120. The magnetic strip reader device 118 and scanning bar code reader 120 are connected to the controller 26 through cables 28, 62 respectively. The scanning bar code reader 120 is similar to the reader 94 (
In operation, the bar coded card 80, discussed above, may simply be placed or waved in front of the scanning bar code reader 120. At this time, light from the light source projected from the scanning bar code reader 120 reflects off the bar coded card 80 so that a photo detector (also not shown) can read the bar coded data 82. The scanning bar code reader 120 interprets the bar coded data 82 and converts it into ASCII data (or data in any other suitable format), which it transmits to the controller 26 through the cable 62. Firmware in the controller 26 detects the presence of the data and processes it into electronic data, a method similar to that used with the bar code reader 60 and described with reference to
Listed below are several examples of how the fuel dispenser systems described above may be used. It is understood that the functionality described below is interchangeable with the different systems, and is not meant to be an exhaustive list.
1. A customer enters a store and purchases, among other things, $10 worth of gasoline.
2. The store gives the customer a receipt (similar to the receipt 130) which includes a description of the purchases and bar coded data (similar to bar coded data 132) indicating the prepaid $10 amount.
3. The customer places the receipt in front of the scanning bar code reader 120 and then operates the fuel dispenser 110 to dispense $10 worth of gas.
1. A customer enters a store and purchases several items.
2. The store, which has a reward program that gives free gasoline, gives the customer a receipt (similar to the receipt 130) having bar coded data (similar to bar coded data 132) indicating a free $1 worth of gasoline.
3. The customer collects four more receipts over several visits to the store, each indicating a free $1 worth of gasoline.
4. The customer sequentially places the five receipts in front of the scanning bar code reader 120, and then operates the fuel dispenser 110 to dispense $5 worth of gas.
5. The customer also inserts a magnetic strip credit card into the magnetic strip reader device 118 to allow an additional amount of gasoline to be dispensed. A charge for the additional amount is reported to a credit agency identified by the magnetic strip credit card.
1. A customer obtains a bar coded card (similar to the card 80) indicating a “member” status (e.g., the customer is eligible for certain benefits).
2. The customer places the card near the scanning bar code reader 144 of the kiosk 140. The card identifies an account and an appropriate benefit (e.g., a 10¢ per gallon discount).
3. The customer enters on the keypad 148 a number identifying the fuel dispenser 142.
4. The customer operates the fuel dispenser 142 to dispense gasoline and the account is credited for the purchase (adjusted by the 10¢ per gallon discount).
1. A customer obtains a bar coded card (similar to the card 80) which identifies a first account for a store and a conventional magnetic strip credit card which identifies a second account with a bank.
2. The customer approaches the fuel dispenser 12 associated with the store and places the bar coded card into the reader 22.
3. The customer then places the magnetic strip credit card into the reader 22.
4. The customer operates the fuel dispenser 12 to dispense gasoline and the second account is credited for the purchase.
5. The store records a data record in the first account of the customer's fuel purchase.
6. Steps 2-5, above, are repeated four more times.
7. The fuel dispenser 12 displays on the screen 20 b a message:
BECAUSE YOU HAVE PURCHASED FUEL HERE FIVE TIMES IN THE LAST THIRTY DAYS, YOU MAY HAVE A COMPLIMENTARY CAR WASH
and provides the customer with a predetermined number.
8. The customer drives to the nearby carwash facility 46 and enters the predetermined number on an attached keypad (not shown).
9. The carwash facility 46 interprets the predetermined number to identify that the customer has a complimentary carwash and performs the carwash service.
It should be noted that the carwash facility 46 described in Example D above may also have a bar code reader connected to the computing center 30. In this way, the carwash facility 46 may provide similar functions as those described above with the reader 22. Also, the carwash facility 46 and fuel dispenser 12 may be in communication so that instead of providing a predetermined number, a record associated with the bar coded card is stored indicating the complimentary carwash.
A server data processing system 204 is shown and coupled with POS 200. Server 204 may be a commercially available workstation computer from one of the various computer manufacturers, such as Compaq Computer, IBM Corporation, Hewlett Packard, or the like. A database 206 is linked to server 204 and includes multiple records 208 that correspond to customers purchasing items through POS 200. It should be noted that many POS terminals 200 are contemplated as being connected to server 204 and may be distributed remotely across more than one store. Server 204 will include software that manages the transactions occurring on POS 200, as well as the records 208 in database 206. In a preferred embodiment, database 206 may be magnetic storage media, optical storage or the like.
Upon completion of a purchase transaction at POS 200, the customer (if eligible) will be provided with a mechanism 210 that will allow discounted fuel to be purchased at pump 112. That is a receipt, such as receipt 130 having a bar code 132 thereon may be provided to the customer. Additionally, a card with a magnetic stripe may be updated by POS 200 with information authorizing a fuel discount. Further, an identification code may be provided to the customer which can then be entered on a keypad included in the pump input/output I/O device 212. It will be understood that I/O device 212 may also include a magnetic card reader 118, bar code reader 120, or the like. Pump 112 also includes controller 26 that is electrically coupled to server 204 and printer 214. Controller 26 includes a microcontroller that processes and controls the various activity at pump 112. Peripheral interface board (PIB) 216 or other device is included in a preferred embodiment to provide an interface between server 204 and controller 26. PIB 216 allows the control signal output by server 204 to be interpreted by controller 26. That is, PIB 216 receives the control signal from server 204 with the authorization code and the unit price discount offered to the customer. Interface board 216 will then issue an command to controller 26 to map the discount amount to each of the fueling point product select positions, i.e. regular, premium, etc. In one example, the discount value range may be encoded as an eight bit value to give 256 different discount amounts. In this manner, the server 204 will be able to authorize a price discount, PIB 216 will then issue a command compatible with controller 26 to cause pump 112 to dispense fuel at the discounted unit price.
It should be noted that while a single retail store and corresponding fuel dispensing facility have been shown in
The date of purchase when at least one item was purchased at POS 200 of an associated retailer is provided in field 302. The dollar value of the purchases is listed in field 304. Retailers may often designate various items to trigger discounts related to competing or related items. The quantity of these designated, or trigger items, that were purchased on each date (if any) are provided in field 306. As an example of a trigger item, a certain brand of baby formula may be purchased which will cause a coupon to be generated for a competing baby formula. Also, complementary items may be used as trigger items. That is, the purchase of cereal may trigger a coupon for a discount on milk.
Field 308 is the total quantity of items purchased by a certain customer on a specific date. This field, along with field 304 can be used as a criteria for determining customer loyalty. Field 310 will include data representing the availability of a fuel discount. The record will be updated in field 312 when a discount is actually used by a customer and the discount amount is provided in field 314. Fields 316, 318 and 320 provide totals for the dollar value fields 304, designated items purchased 306 and total quantity 308, respectively.
As an example, when A. Smith purchases $20 of merchandise on Jan. 5, 1999, record 208 is created by server 204 and stored in database 206. At that time three (3) designated items were purchased out of a total quantity of five (5) items. These purchases did not meet the established criteria that would cause a discount on fuel to be made available.
Then, on Jan. 17, 1999, A. Smith purchased five designated items, 10 total items for $15.00. This purchase will cause the total designated item purchase by this customer to exceed five and cause a fuel discount to be offered. Thus, field 310 will indicate that a fuel discount was offered to A. Smith on Jan. 17, 1999. The discount amount is noted as $0.10 per gallon in field 314. As noted above, the mechanism by which the discount is offered may be a receipt with a bar code, updated magnetic card, alphanumeric authorization code, or the like.
Further, record 208 shows that this customer took advantage of the discount and used it to purchase fuel on Jan. 20, 1999. It will be understood that this data can then be analyzed to determine the success of the discount program. That is, the predefined purchase criteria can be adjusted as needed to provide the discount for different items, different quantities of the items or a different discount amount.
Returning to the current example, A. Smith returns to the associated store and purchases additional items on Jan. 28, 1999, totaling $45.00. However, at this time A. Smith has not reached the next purchasing criteria threshold that will cause discounted fuel to be offered.
On Feb. 4, 1999, A. Smith once again purchases items from this, or another participating store. This purchase causes the total purchases to exceed $100.00. Also, A. Smith purchased three total items that caused the total quantity of merchandise purchased at this store to be greater than 20 items. In this example, exceeding both of these criteria will trigger a fuel discount. That is, purchasing greater than 20 items within a month will cause a $0.10 fuel discount to be offered and exceeding $100.00 in total purchase price will cause a $0.15 fuel discount. Those skilled in the art will understand that the fuel discount system of the present invention can be designed to offer the highest discount of the two, e.g. $0.15 per gallon, the lowest discount $0.10, an average of the two, or add the discounts and offer a $0.25 per gallon discount to the customer. In any event, it can be seen that information provided in a record 208 can be used to monitor a customers status relative to being offered discounted fuel and to determine when such offer is to be made to the customer.
Of course, those skilled in the art will appreciate that many other types of data may be used in addition to, or instead of the various information discussed as an example with regard to
At step 400 the process is started and the customer purchases items at step 401 where the identification code for the purchased items is entered at POS 200. The customer identity is also entered by using a member club card, personal identification number (PIN), or the like, such that an associated record can be created or updated. The data relating to the purchased items is then provided by POS 200 to server 204, at step 402. Server 204 then analyzes the customer record (step 403). That is, server 204 will create a record for a new customer or maintain an existing record by updating it with current purchases for customers already having a record.
At step 404 a determination is made as to whether the current purchases will cause a fuel discount to be offered. As noted above this step may include determining if the customer has purchased certain designated items that will trigger a discount, whether a total dollar value spent exceeds a predefined threshold and/or if a total quantity of items exceeds a threshold.
If at step 404 it is determined that the customer has not yet earned a fuel discount, then the method proceeds to step 413 and ends. However, if at step 404 it is determined that a fuel discount is available, then at step 405 the server authorizes the discount and sends a signal to the market POS termination 200. At step 406, a bar coded discount coupon, alphanumeric authorization code, updated magnetic card or other mechanism is provided to the customer. At step 407, server 204 sends an authorization signal to PIB 216, which then provides corresponding commands to controller 26 in pump 112. The signal from server 204 will include an authorization code and a discount amount. The customer then inputs the fuel discount authorization code from POS 200 at pump 112 in step 408. More particularly, the customer may swipe a magnetic card, scan in a bar code from a receipt of key in an alphanumeric code at I/O 212 of pump 112. After the customer authorization code is entered the process then compares (step 408 a) the authorization code from server 204 with the code from the customer and if a match exists then proceeds to step 409 and adjusts the price of the fuel to be dispensed for this transaction. However, if a match does not occur at step 408 a, then an error has occurred or an unauthorized customer is attempting to obtain discounted fuel. When no match occurs the process continues to step 413 and ends without allowing discounted fuel to be dispensed. Of course, those skilled in the art will understand that it is possible to send a notification signal to server 204, gas station POS 34 or another terminal when a match does not occur to indicate a potentially fraudulent user may be attempting to obtain discounted fuel.
At step 410, pump controller 26 notifies gas station POS 34 of the adjusted fuel price such that the fuel sales records will be in order and to ensure that the customer is correctly charged the discounted fuel price. Next, at step 411 pump controller 26 notifies server 204 of completion of the transaction for discounted fuel and readjusts the fuel price to its normal level by mapping the discount amount to zero. Server 204 then updates the customer record 208 in database 206 to reflect that the discount was used. Subsequent to step 412, the process of the present embodiment continues to step 413 and ends.
Of course, many other configurations are contemplated by the present embodiment. For example, gas station POS 34 can also be a source of discounted gas. That is, POS 34 may be in a convenience store that also desires to develop customer loyalty by providing fuel discounts. In this scenario, a customer may purchase a certain volume of gas or other items such as candy bars and coffee which triggers a discount in the price of fuel. Authorization can then be provided directly to PIB 216 from POS 34 to adjust the unit price of fuel dispensed from pump 112. Additionally, the authorization could be sent to server 204 to update or create customer record 208.
Further, the purchase of fuel at full price could also be used to trigger discounts on items in the retail store having POS 200. For example, when a customer purchases fuel a signal can be sent from controller 26 to PIB 216 to server 204 which then updates and analyzes the customer's record (or creates a record if none exists). If the customer has purchased fuel in excess of a predetermined value (dollar) or quantity (gallons) threshold, then a signal can be sent from server 204 back to controller 26 via PIB 216, to authorize a discount for this customer on merchandise to be purchased at a participating store. More particularly, a bar coded receipt can be printed by printer 214 that the customer can then take to the participating store and redeem for a discount on one or more items purchased as POS 200. When purchased a signal will be sent to server 204 and the customer record will be updated accordingly.
Other arrangements are also contemplated to implement discounts at the fuel dispensing system or associated store. For example, the mechanism 210 may not be needed if other means are provided to identify the customer at either the market POS 200 or the POS 30. In one example, a customer card or number used at the market POS 200 may similarly be used at the gas station POS 30 such that the customer's discount can be automatically applied at the POS 30. Identification may also be accomplished by an initial registration procedure whereby a customer card/number may be matched with the credit or debit account of the customer that the customer utilizes to make purchases at the POS 30. In one example, transponder technology may be utilized at one or both of the market POS 200 or gas station POS 30 to properly identify the customer. Furthermore, the barcode may have some form of embedded security identification information for authenticating the purchase. In other configurations, the peripheral interface board may not be required. Pertaining to the discounts, a variety of arrangements are contemplated. Some examples entail the funding of the discount or reward by third parties other than the supplier of petroleum. Other discounts are offered in the form of a club discount or volume discount. The controller utilized may be any type of hardware device with software programming to implement the intended functions.
A front side 514 of the fuel dispenser houses the conventional graphics displays, 20 a and 20 b, (optionally) the conventional magnetic-strip-only reader device 118, and the scanning bar code reader 120. The front side 514 further houses a conventional currency accepting and change providing device 516 operably coupled to the CAT 26 by a conventional communications interface 518. As will be recognized by persons having ordinary skill in the art, the currency accepting and change providing device 516 permits a customer to purchase a product by inserting paper and/or coin currency into one or more openings in the device. Any change owed to the consumer is then provided by the currency accepting and change providing device 516 in the form of paper and/or coin currency. The design and operation of currency accepting and change providing devices 516 is considered well known.
In operation, a consumer may purchase fuel using currency, a magnetic strip credit or debit card, a bar coded card (similar to the bar coded card 80), or a bar coded receipt (similar to the receipt 130). Regardless of the mode of payment used by the consumer, the consumer can overpay for the dispensed fuel and request currency (or the functional equivalent) as change or request that the system credit their credit or debit card account. In particular, referring to
More generally, the teachings of the system 510 may be utilized in a general fashion in any retail or wholesale business in order to permit consumers to overpay for goods and services and receive cash-equivalents as change. The cash-equivalents may then be used by the consumers to purchase goods and services at retail and wholesale establishments having compatible purchasing systems.
Furthermore, the cash-equivalent could be a bar coded receipt or a magnetic strip card that includes one or more index values 714 encoded onto the magnetic strip. The index values 714 encoded onto the magnetic strip can then be accessed in a random or sequential pattern to permit purchases of goods and services.
The present embodiments of the invention provide a number of advantages. For example, the present embodiments provide a system for dispensing fuel in which users may be provided change in the form of a cash equivalent. The cash equivalent may then be used by the user to purchase fuel using the system. The system further creates a database that include a plurality of records having corresponding index and monetary values. The cash equivalents may then be provided in the form of a bar coded or magnetic representation of the corresponding records. In this manner, the present embodiments of the invention provide a cost efficient and commercially valuable system for enhancing the profitability of fuel dispensing systems by improving customer loyalty.
Although illustrative embodiments of the invention have been shown and described, a wide range of modification, changes and substitution is contemplated in the foregoing disclosure. In some instances, some features of the present invention may be employed without a corresponding use of the other features. Accordingly, it is appropriate that the appended claims be construed broadly and in a manner consistent with the scope of the invention.
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|U.S. Classification||705/17, 705/38|
|International Classification||G06Q20/34, G06Q30/02, G06Q20/20, G06Q20/28, G06Q20/06, G06Q30/06, G06K7/00, G07G1/00, G07F7/02, G06K7/10, G07F13/02, B67D7/14, B67D7/30|
|Cooperative Classification||G07G1/0045, G07F7/025, G06Q30/0238, G06Q20/28, G06Q20/20, G06Q20/204, G06Q30/0601, G06Q30/0234, G06K7/10782, G06Q30/02, G06Q20/342, B67D7/308, G06Q30/0236, G06Q30/0225, G06Q20/06, G06K7/0004, G06Q30/0239, G06Q30/0235, G07F13/025, G06Q40/025, B67D7/14|
|European Classification||G06Q20/06, G06Q30/02, G06Q20/28, G06Q20/20, G06Q30/0225, G06Q30/0238, G06Q20/342, G06Q30/0236, G06Q30/0601, G06Q30/0239, G06Q30/0235, G06Q40/025, G06Q20/204, G06Q30/0234, G07F13/02B, G06K7/00C, G07F7/02E, G06K7/10S4M4, G07G1/00C2, B67D7/14, B67D7/30D4B|
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