IoT device tracks data to improve vehicle efficiency

A Lanarkshire-based company is aiming for growth following the launch of its IoT-enabled vehicle identification system, which helps fleet operators track a range of data.

FUELlink Systems launched the product at Euro Bus Expo in Birmingham last autumn and has since received interest from several major transport organisations.

Developed over the past 12 months with assistance from CENSIS, the Scottish innovation centre for sensor and imaging systems, it uses Bluetooth to check vehicles’ identification, allowing buses, vans, cars, and trucks to be refuelled more quickly and securely.

Combined with the company’s fuel management system, the product can check odometer readings – required by bus companies for rebate claims – and use this data to calculate miles driven per gallon, which can be used to detect fuel leaks or benchmark efficiency.

John Ashley, director at FUELlink Systems, said: “It could be used in a wide variety of industries for a broad range of purposes.

“For now, we’re focussing on the bus operator, haulage, and local authority markets, which all operate large fleets of vehicles – any time that can be saved in refuelling can translate into significant savings.

“But Vinie also offers security benefits, by checking vehicle ID – theft of fuel is still a fairly common occurrence for organisations with on-site pumps.

“When combined with complementary technologies, Vinie can also help vehicle operators be much more efficient with their plant, through the setting of miles per gallon targets, or hours worked per litre, and detecting possible leaks in their fuel tanks – both of which can save them money in the long-term.”

Among FUELlink’s customers are local government organisations, such as Stirling Council and Leicestershire County Council, bus operators Lothian Buses, First Bus, Nottingham City Transport, and hauliers WH Malcolm Ltd and Gist (UK) Ltd.

Last year, the company was one of five winners at the Scottish leg of IoTUK Boost, organised by Scottish Funding Council-backed CENSIS, the Data Lab, the University of Edinburgh’s Informatics Ventures, and IoTUK.

It subsequently underwent a one-month period of mentoring at CENSIS’s IoT Centre in Glasgow.

Mark Begbie, business development director at CENSIS, said: “FUELlink’s use of the IoT demonstrates just how transformative it can be for businesses of all sizes.”