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TravelCenters of America LLC (TA) and Comdata Network, Inc. Agree to Roll Out Fuel Island Manager Cardless Fuel Transaction System
Westlake, OH. — December 14, 2011
TravelCenters of America LLC today announced that it has agreed to purchase and install RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) technology at all of its locations nationwide. This technology, called Fuel Island Manager, is distributed by Comdata Network, Inc. Comdata is the exclusive marketer of the Fuel Island Manager system, a product developed by QuikQ, LLC.
Thomas M. O'Brien, TA's chief executive officer, had the following comment on these announcements:
“Today's announcement is yet another example of the things TA is doing to help our customers drive efficiency. Fuel Island Manager's RFID capabilities will provide a faster, easier and more controlled transaction environment to the trucking industry across the U.S. Interstate Highway system.”
The Fuel Island Manager system was introduced by Comdata in August 2011. Fuel Island Manager is designed to be a cardless fueling solution for travel centers and transportation companies that provides a faster, more efficient way for drivers to fuel, while giving transportation companies even more options to control the fuel-purchasing process.
Fuel Island Manager uses radio frequency identification (RFID) technology to initiate transactions at the fuel dispenser, instead of requiring the presence of a card. To operate the system, a trucking company simply needs to install low cost RFID tags in each of their vehicles. These tags automatically activate fuel dispensers at RFID-equipped locations as the vehicles pull alongside them, according to each trucking company's specifications for that vehicle and location.
This streamlined process allows drivers to spend less time at the pump because the RFID tag eliminates most, if not all, of their data entry tasks. Fuel Island Manager simplifies the overall fuel-purchasing process because it automates the transaction for drivers, expedites the transaction authorization, and reduces the chance of unauthorized purchases. RFID technology may also benefit trucking companies by reducing administration related to the issuance of physical cards. TA expects to begin installation at its locations nationwide during 2012.
About TravelCenters of America LLC
TravelCenters of America LLC, headquartered in Westlake, Ohio is a leading travel center business in 41 states and Canada operating under the TA and Petro Stopping Centers brands. With convenient locations off interstate highway exits, TA and Petro offer customers diesel and gasoline fueling services, full- and quick-service restaurants, 24-hour convenience stores, heavy truck maintenance services, RoadSquad (24/7/365 emergency roadside service), electronic communication (WiFi), and many other services - all within large, high traffic facilities. For more information on TravelCenters and TA, please visit www.tatravelcenters.com. For more information on Petro Stopping Centers, please visit www.petrotruckstops.com.