PTS-2 forecourt controller

PTS-2 forecourt controller is a powerful modern forecourt controller for provision of control over petroleum, LPG and CNG dispensers and automatic tank gauge systems and probes. Its dimensions are extremely small with a size of a credit card, which makes its suitable for installation inside any third-party hardware.

PTS-2 controller knows communication protocols of a great variety of dispensers and ATG systems and allows control over any of them in a common way regardless of the brand or communication protocol used, so any management system (POS system, OPT, mobile application) can use a common way for provision of control over any of the dispensers or tanks on the forecourt and should not matter what are the brands of dispensers and ATG systems used because using PTS-2 controller they can provide control over all of them in the same way.

Price: 950 USD  

Introduction #

General application #

PTS-2 forecourt controller general scheme
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Fuel management systems (POS system, OPT, mobile application, remote server) can provide control over any of the dispensers or monitoring over tanks on the forecourt in a common way and should not matter what are the brands of dispensers and ATG systems used, PTS-2 controller undertakes all work on communication using their native communication protocols and takes into account all their peculiarities.

This completely simplifies work for a developer of control system: by having implemented communication protocol of PTS-2 controller you gain ability to provide control over any of dispensers and ATG systems supported by PTS-2 controller in a single way, so the time required for development of POS system, cash register, payment terminal or mobile applications is significantly reduced.

Connection to fuel dispensers #

PTS-2 controller allows to control over up to 50 pumps same time, at this connected dispenser can be of 4 various brands, which use different communication protocols.


Pumps (fuel dispensers) connection schemeClick on image to enlarge

Following actions can be performed with dispensers regardless the brand:

  • get dispenser status
  • start fueling process
  • stop fueling process
  • suspend fueling process
  • resume fueling process
  • set/get nozzles’ prices
  • get nozzles’ total counters
  • get filling information during dispensing process (volume, amount, price)
  • get transaction information after dispensing process (volume, amount, price)
  • calculation of product temperature-compensated volume in case if there is ATG system or probe installed in tank
  • all pumps’ sales data can be recorded in PTS-2 controller for reporting through a web-browser and additionally uploaded to a remote server for processing and analysis.

Connection to ATG systems and probes #

PTS-2 controller allows to monitor same time up to 50 tanks, equipped with probes or ATG systems, at this connection of 3 different brands of probes or ATG systems using different communication protocols is possible same time.


ATG systems (probes, gauges) connection schemeClick on image to enlarge

Following features are present for any tank regardless of the ATG system or probe used:

  • informing probes’ measurements data: product level, water level, temperature, product volume, water volume, product temperature-compensated volume, tank ullage, product density, product mass
  • In case if the probes do not provide volume measurements – then PTS-2 controller can provide calculation of product volume based on tank calibration chart and product level, measured by probe
  • automatic calculation of product temperature-compensated volume in tank
  • automatic track of tank alarms: probe failures, high and low product levels, high water level
  • automatic detection of product in-tank deliveries received, it can be done even during pumps fueling process
  • automatic calculation of product mass
  • at communication to ATG consoles PTS-2 controller can be used for sending fuel dispensers sales data to consoles in order to make console provide tanks reconciliation reports and automatic tanks calibration
  • all tanks’ measurements data can be recorded in PTS-2 controller for reporting through a web-browser and additionally uploaded to a remote server for processing and analysis

Fuel delivery trucks control #

PTS-2 controller already supports operation with most popular brands of electronic register meters used on fuel delivery trucks including:

  • Gilbarco Veeder Root EMR3 and EMR4
  • Total Control Systems TCS 3000
  • Liquid Controls LectroCount LCR II, LCR 600, LCR iQ
  • Satam Equalis
  • IPT
  • Yokogawa Rotomass
  • other brands

At this, PTS-2 controller automatically accounts all the dispensing performed, with saving to local database and upload to a central server. Additionally, PTS-2 controller can automatically calculate temperature-compensated volume of dispensed fuel if such option is not provided by the meter used.


ATG systems (probes, gauges) connection schemeClick on image to enlarge

If the fuel truck has tanks equipped with ATG system – then PTS-2 controller will automatically detect dispensings made from tanks and deliveries made to tanks with saving to local database and upload to a central server.

PTS-2 controller can be equipped with a GPS module for tracking location of fuel tankers:

  • tracking of the present location
  • tracking of the whole route covered for specified period
  • tracking of the fuel level in tanks while the fuel tanker was moving on route
  • tracking of places, where fuel level in tanks was changed (tank should be equipped with the probe)
  • tracking of places, in which fuel was dispensed through the flowmeter

It is possible to evaluate fuel frauds or leakages done while the tanker is on the route as PTS-2 controller records GPS coordinates and controls any change with fuel levels in tank. Based on these records you can define exact location, where fuel removals or receptions happened without allowed registration.

GPS recording #

PTS-2 controller can be equipped with a GPS module for tracking of fuel tankers’ location:

  • tracking of the present location
  • tracking of the whole route covered for specified period
  • tracking of the fuel level in tanks while the fuel tanker was moving on route
  • tracking of places, where fuel level in tanks was changed (tank should be equipped with the probe)
  • tracking of places, in which fuel was dispensed through the flowmeter

Make fuel tankers be IoT devicesClick on image to enlarge

Having this information, it is possible to know present location of the fuel tanker on the route and the, most important, to know possible frauds done with fuel while the tanker is on the route because PTS-2 controller records GPS places if any change of fuel level in tank is done, PTS-2 controller automatically sends this data to a remote server for processing and analysis.

Upload of data to a remote server #

PTS-2 controller accumulates 3 types of data in its memory:

  • pumps transactions
  • tanks’ measurements
  • GPS records

PTS-2 controller can automatically send all stored data to a remote server. This feature provides following possibilities:

  • independent reporting on sales of dispensers and movement of petroleum products in tanks
  • analysis of data with formation of tanks reconciliation reports, detection of tank leakages, etc.
  • remote supervision over petrol station or petroleum depot operation
  • definition of frauds and stealing at petrol station and hidden control over actions of personal
  • generation of consolidated reporting from network of petrol stations and tank depots

PTS-2 controller remote server data uploadClick on image to enlarge

PTS-2 controller is able to constantly communicate with remote server without a need to have a static IP-address for upload of data to the remote server online for reporting and analysis. PTS-2 controller can connect to a remote server itself and upload all the data in JSON format, which is convenient for processing, so any third-party servers can easily implement support of PTS-2 controller to work with its data. Data can be uploaded with modern means of security (TLS cryptographic protocol), which makes it possible to use PTS-2 controller in applications, which require a high level of security and IoT applications.

Also, PTS-2 controller can establish constant connection to a remote server with a purpose to allow the server to execute any requests it needs like setting/getting configuration, provision of control over pumps and tanks, getting reports, etc. This application is important when a remote server should completely control PTS-2 controller.

Automatic operation #

This feature allows PTS-2 controller to work standalone on the station without any additional control system, providing control over pumps and tanks, saving all data to the database and uploading to a remote server automatically. This feature allows to have completely automatic installations with minimal hardware used on the sight. PTS-2 controller guarantees stable application during a long period.


PTS-2 controller automatic operationClick on image to enlarge

At this PTS-2 controller automatically authorizes pumps and stores all sales to database. Also, PTS-2 controller tracks all changes of product measurements inside tanks with storing of all changes in database and automatic registration of in-tank deliveries and discharges from tanks.

Having information on measured product level and temperature from ATG probes PTS-2 controller automatically calculates:

  • product volume
  • water volume
  • tank ullage
  • product temperature-compensated volume
  • product mass (in case if probe provides measurements of product density)

All database records are automatically uploaded to remote server for subsequent analysis: reconciliation, automatic tanks calibration, detection of leakages and thefts.

PTS-2 controller can be used as IoT device for communication with dispensers and ATG probes, collecting and storing data and uploading to a remote server using encrypted communication.

Integration with payment systems #

PTS-2 controller has rich API for developers and can be easily integrated with payment software systems, retail POS systems and ERP software. PTS-2 controller pushes information on each performed transaction to remote server, so server can get all data on sales immediately from PTS-2 controller.

PTS-2 controller payment server authorizationClick on image to enlarge

Conversion between pumps protocols #

PTS-2 controller can work as a protocols converter converting between fuel dispensers’ communication protocols and also between ATG systems’ and probes’ communication protocols.


Conversion between pumps protocolsClick on image to enlarge

In case if the POS system already knows some open communication protocol of dispensers then it can use PTS-2 controller for its conversion to any other pump protocols without any additional integration. At this control over pumps can be done in parallel from control systems connected through pump port and PC port, PTS-2 controller internally tracks which control system locks control over dispensers.

Conversion between probes communication protocols #

PTS-2 controller can work as a protocols converter converting between fuel dispensers’ communication protocols and also between ATG systems’ and probes’ communication protocols.


Conversion between ATG consoles protocolsClick on image to enlarge

In case if the POS system already knows some open communication protocols of ATG consoles then it can use PTS-2 controller for its conversion to any other ATG console or probe protocols without any additional integration.

Monitoring over fuel dispensers and tanks #

In case if there is an existing POS system already installed on the station PTS-2 controller allows to monitor operation of the fuel dispensers and tanks (and optionally to make sales when required). At this PTS-2 controller is connected between existing POS system and fuel dispensers and ATG console (tank probes), PTS-2 controller communicates with fuel dispensers and ATG console (probes) using their proprietary communication protocols and with POS system – using open communication protocols for pumps and ATG console. Monitoring system can connect to ports of PTS-2 controller and get all data of fuel dispensers sales and tanks real time, at this it can also provide control over the dispensers when required.


Monitoring over fuel dispensers and tanksClick on image to enlarge

Fuel dispensers sales data for ATG consoles for tanks reconciliation and autocalibration #

Possibilities of the PTS-2 controller allow to apply it in various ways for provision of control over forecourt equipment at petrol stations and allow its easy integration with existing POS systems and OPT terminals at petrol stations.

One of the applications is listening of communication exchange between POS system and dispensers and sending of dispensers’ transactions to the ATG console for provision of tanks reconciliation and automatic calibration. Most of the petrol stations with installed ATG consoles do not have this option due to POS system can not provide sending of dispensers’ transactions to the console. Installation of the PTS-2 controller between POS system and dispensers solves this problem and without any additional integration from the side of POS system.

Additionally, it is possible to apply PTS-2 controller inside the casing of the ATG console. At this a scheme of connection specified on the above image is saved, but at some extra development of the console GUI it is possible to make a completely new function of the console – provision of monitoring and control over dispensers from the console in parallel with POS system. As a result, the console becomes a common system of control, monitoring and account providing:

  • connection of console to any POS system, OPT terminal for provision of control over dispensers
  • possibility to connect various brands of probes, which communication protocols are not supported by the console
  • transmission from PTS-2 controller to console data on sales transaction of dispensers for formation of reconciliation reports and automatic tanks calibration
  • additional possibility to monitor and control fuel dispenser operation from the console display in parallel to POS system already installed at petrol station (needs update of console software)

Fuel dispensers sales data for ATG consoles for tanks reconciliation and autocalibrationClick on image to enlarge

Features and benefits #

  • Credit card size for easy installation in any hardware
  • Supports more than 120 brands of dispensers
  • Supports more than 45 brands of ATG systems and probes
  • Supports simultaneous operation with 50 dispensers and with 50 tanks
  • SSL/TLS layers for secured communication as a web-server and as a web-client
  • Built-in web-server for monitoring, configuration, reporting and control
  • Communication interfaces with control systems: RS-232, RS-485 and Ethernet
  • Rich set of interface converters
  • Able to work automatically standalone without POS (saving of data to local database for reporting), can be controlled by POS or can work in parallel with existing POS
  • Automatic communication to a remote server for data upload
  • Conversion between pumps protocols and between ATG probes protocols
  • Cost effective

Technical characteristics #

PARAMETER VALUE
Power supply voltage 12 V DC
Current consumption 700 mA max
Temperature range from -40°C to +80°C
Weight 200 g
Overall dimensions 85 x 58 x 30 mm

Supported pumps communication protocols #


Need more protocols?

We are constantly expanding a list of supported communication protocols and forecourt equipment.
Please contact us if you are interested in other pumps or probes brands, communication protocols or control equipment not listed here.

Supported probes and ATG systems communication protocols #


Need more protocols?

We are constantly expanding a list of supported communication protocols and forecourt equipment.
Please contact us if you are interested in other pumps or probes brands, communication protocols or control equipment not listed here.

Web server #

PTS-2 controller pumps control (widgets)
 
PTS-2 controller pumps control (table)

PTS-2 controller tanks monitoring
 
PTS-2 controller tanks reporting
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PTS-2 controller has a built-in web-server, which allows to communicate with it as locally, so as remotely using HTTP or HTTPS protocols.

Web-server allows to make full control of PTS-2 controller including control over pumps, monitoring over tanks, reporting, configuration, diagnostics, firmware update, others. A web-server has a responsive modern graphical user interface, so computers, tablets, mobile devices or any other devices with a web browser can connect to PTS-2 controller and display its web server pages in a convenient way.

Communication with the web-server is done using HTTP POST requests with data formatted in JSON format, so implementation of this protocol should be easy for any third-party system.

Web-server has adoptive interface and was developed to suit to various types of mobile devices: PCs, laptops, tablets, smartphones.

PTS-2 controller automatic operationClick on image to enlarge

Configuration of PTS-2 controller video #

Functionality #

  • Supports over 85 communication protocols of fuel dispensers and ATG systems. List of supported communication protocols is constantly growing. Single firmware of PTS-2 controller contains all available communication protocols for fuel dispensers and ATG systems.
  • Control up to 50 fuel dispenser sides (fueling places): PTS-2 controller has 4 independent pump ports, each of them can be configured to its own communication protocol and baud rate, thus PTS-2 controller provides communication with connected dispensers simultaneously using up to 4 various communication protocols.
  • Control up to 50 ATG probes (gauges): PTS-2 controller has 3 independent probe ports, each of them can be configured to its own communication protocol and baud rate, thus PTS-2 controller provides communication with connected probes simultaneously using up to 3 various communication protocols.
  • Unified approach to management over any forecourt equipment: using PTS-2 controller control over any supported fuel dispenser or ATG system is done in exactly the same way by the management system (POS system, cash register, OPT terminal, server or mobile application, etc). PTS-2 controller has a single common communication protocol. Thus having once implemented the protocol into the management system (or its API) the management system will be able to provide control over any of the supported fuel dispensers and ATG systems in exactly the same way.
  • Automatic mode of operation: PTS-2 controller automatically authorizes dispensers and saves all pumps sales and tanks measurements to SD flash disk with a possibility of reports generation.
  • Automatic calculation of product volume in tank based on tank's calibration chart.
  • Automatic calculation of product temperature-compensated volume in tank and in pump sales based on product temperature-expansion coefficient.
  • Automatic detection of product deliveries in tank.
  • Automatic data upload to remote server: PTS-2 controller can send data pumps sales and tanks measurements to remote server for reporting and analysis.
  • Conversion between pumps protocols: in case if POS system already knows communication protocols of dispensers - then it can use PTS-2 controller for its conversion to any other pump protocols.
  • Conversion between ATG consoles protocols: in case if POS system already knows communication protocols of ATG consoles - then it can use PTS-2 controller for its conversion to any other ATG console or probe protocols.
  • Real-time control over fuel dispensers and ATG systems. PTS-2 controller provides a hardware solution for stable and reliable operation of forecourt equipment.
  • Possibility to provide control over same fuel dispensers from several POS systems: several control systems can connect to single PTS-2 controllers using Ethernet interface.
  • Installation on existing petrol stations without any integration with POS systems: PTS-2 controller can be installed between existing POS systems and dispensers and ATG systems and provide monitoring, control and reporting.
  • Rich set of interface converters for connection to fuel dispensers: PTS-2 controller can connect to dispensers with almost all types of electrical interfaces.
  • Built-in web-server for configuration, monitoring, control, reporting, self-diagnostics and firmware update.
  • Logging of operation: in order to remove problematic situations of PTS-2 controller communication with any forecourt equipment logging of communication exchange without interrupting PTS-2 controller operation is available, which allows quick search and elimination of any found problems.
  • Self-diagnostics of operation: easy and quick built-in diagnostics of PTS-2 controller operation: CPU, memory, Ethernet, RS-232 and RS-485 interfaces, DIP-switches, SD flash disk.
  • Constant software updates: PTS-2 controller firmware is constantly being improved, new protocols are being added and latest updates are always available for download to all customers.
  • Easy firmware updating: all new firmware updates are available for download to all existing customers. Firmware update process takes about 1 minute.
  • Support by developers for developers: support for all customers on any standing issues.
  • Credit-card size: suits to any dimensions for installation inside master systems.
  • Support more than 100 brands of fuel dispensers from various manufacturers: 2A, Actronic, Adast (Adamov Systems), Ag Walker, Agira, Angi International, Ariel, Aspro, Assytech, Astron, Azt, Baransay, Batchen, Bennett, Blue Sky, Censtar, CFT Clean Fuel, Compac, Coptron, Coritec, Datian Machines, Dem G. Spyrides, Develco, Dong Hwa Prime, Durulsan, Eaglestar, Emgaz Dragon, Epco, Esiwelma, Europump, Falcon LPG, Fornovo Gas, Fuelquip, Fuelsis, Galileo, Gaslin, Gerkon, Gilbarco, Greenfield, Hitachi, Hong Yang, IMW, Intermech, Kalvacha, Kievniigaz, Korea Ene, KPG-2, Kraus, Kwangshin, Lanfeng, LG Ene, Logitron, Maser, Meksan / Wayne SU86, Mekser, Mepsan, Midco, MM Petro (Zap), Motogaz, MS GAs, Nara, Nuova Migas, Nuovo Pignone, PEC (Gallagher Fuel Systems), Petposan, Petroequip, Petromeccanica, Petrotec, Prowalco, Pump Control, Real-Tech, RIX, Safe, Salzkotten, Sanki, Sea Bird, Shelf, Scheidt & Bachmann, Shibata, Slavutich, Somo Petro, Star, Tatsuno (Japan), Tatsuno Europe (former Benc), Tekser, Tokheim, Tokheim India, Tokico, Tominaga, Topaz, Transponder, Ucar Elektric, Unicon-TIT, Vanzetti, Wayne Dresser, Wayne Pignone, Yenen, Zcheng Genuine Machines and others.
  • Support more than 30 types of automatic tank gauge (ATG) systems of various manufactures: Accu, Alisonic, Assytech, Bluesky, Dut-E, Eaglestar, Ebw, Enraf, Fafnir, Franklin Fueling, Gamicos, Gilbarco Veeder Root, Hectronic, Hong Yang, Humanentec, Incon, Labko, Mts Atg Sensors, North Falcon, Omnicomm, Omntec, Opw, Qingdao Guihe, Start Italiana, Struna, Uniprobe, Vega, Windbell and others.

PTS-2 controller SDK (Software Development Kit) #

PTS-2 controller SDK (Software Development Kit) is intended for developers of POS management software for petrol stations that want to control fuel dispensers and ATG systems from their software.

PTS-2 controller software development kit

PTS-2 controller SDK includes:

Hardware:

  1. PTS-2 forecourt controller: 1 pcs
  2. Interface converter RS485-4: 1 pcs
  3. Cabling

Software:

  1. Software simulators of prevalent fuel dispensers
  2. Software simulators of ATG systems (probes)
  3. API for developers in various programming languages
PTS-2 controller Software Development Kit structure Click on the scheme to enlarge

PTS-2 controller SDK is required and designed for software developers for:

  1. Study operation with the PTS-2 controller.
  2. Implement the PTS-2 controller into own developed POS system or software application for control over fuel dispensers and ATG level measurement systems for petrol stations.
  3. Debug own software application to correctly provide control over various popular fuel dispensers locally (on the workplace) without a necessity to go to the petrol station and connect to real fuel dispensers and ATG probes using supplied with PTS-2 controller SDK fuel dispensers and ATG probes software simulators.

Order information #

PTS-2 PCB board with terminal blocksPTS-2 PCB board with terminal blocks
Order code: PTS2-PCB-001
 
PTS-2 controller boxPTS-2 controller box
Order code: PTS2-BOX-001
 
PTS-2 Software Development KitPTS-2 Software Development Kit (SDK)
Order code: PTS2-SDK-001

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