As diesel fuel prices continue to rise, it is not surprising that, according to the Office for National Statistic and the Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW), there were 86,160 incidents of “making off without payment”, a significant portion of which relates to fuel theft offences.
Most of fuel anti-theft devices are designed to stop potential skimming from a truck fuel tank by a form of an anti-siphon device or by a fuel tank alarm, which is triggered when tampering with a tank lid is detected.
Unfortunately, neither is perfect as there is always a concern that a determined thief instead of being discouraged by being confronted by an anti-siphon or fuel alarm, would only intensify its attacks causing even more damage.
There has therefore been a strong demand in the industry for a more sophisticated and subtle fuel theft prevention system. The solution that we offer is a combination of GSM communicator, fuel sensor and a powerful IR camera.
Adjustable fuel probes are installed inside the tank configured to send signals via RS485 contacts to the GSM communicator, which transmits alerts about any suspicious fuel level changes via GSM/3G/4G to a purpose-built App. Once triggered, the communicator will also activate the camera and send video / still pictures of the scene to the owner / monitoring centre for verification and evidence-collecting purposes.
Unlike traditional fuel alarms, the system can be calibrated to measure fuel levels and fuel consumption with the engine on, creating detailed logs and sending alerts if the fuel amount consumed by the engine over time exceeds the set consumption rate, to prevent any employee fuel theft.
The module records the fuel level in the tank of a vehicle or an electric generator in 15 minute intervals. After switching off and restarting the engine, the module measures the fuel level and compares it with the last monitored value. If the measured fuel level is lower than the previous one, a message is sent to the App and monitoring station.
The system is currently being tested in ‘field conditions’ with one of our partner haulage company in Nottingham and, if it meets our expectations, it will be made available for sale by September 2019.