Fuel usage represents a considerable overhead to any commercial organisation. The appropriate management of fuel is critical to the profitability and efficiency of your company and even small percentage savings through fuel level monitoring can make a significant difference in annual performance figures.
In some economic studies it has been shown that in some parts of the world between 8-14% of fuel is siphoned or mismanaged, which causes a hugh potential loss to the company as well as causing disruption to customer service.
Areas of concern for fleet managers
- Fuel is illegally siphoned off by suppliers
- Fuel is stolen by staff/contractors
- Fuel is siphoned and replaced with other fluids
- Generators which are not re-fueled regularly or refueled with the incorrect amount
- Incorrect invoicing i.e., the fuel supplier will bill for an exaggerated amount of fuel than actually used
- Audit, tracking and reconciliation of fuel, usage and costs
- Generators consuming excessive fuel
- Fuel tanks, storage tanks and generator fuel levels
MxTrak fuel level monitoring
With Mxtrak you can see in real time the actual quantity of fuel entered into the tanks and the amount of fuel used in any given period. The installed monitoring devices send encrypted signals to our data centre which are then used to build up a picture of your fuel availability.
- If any fuel is siphoned or removed from tanks, the real time reading will inform the monitoring team of the situation so it can be investigated further
- If any fuel leaks the readings will allow the monitoring team to investigate further
- If any fuel is siphoned and replaced by any liquid or solid matter such as water or sand the sudden drop and rise in readings will indicated suspicious activity
- As the readings are in real-time the monitoring team are able to give accurate figures of fuel usage per hour, day, month etc
- You will be able to correlate fuel usage with fuel purchased from the suppliers
- The device acts as a deterrent against theft, once it is known that these sites are monitored siphoning and theft reduces to a minimal level.
A specially designed sensor is inserted into the fuel tank which is attached to a GSM device which has been specifically programmed to your organisations requirement. The device is also attached to any generators which you may use. A SIM is inserted into the monitoring device which sends data via GPRS. (If the GPRS network is not available the device automatically switches to SMS. The data is sent as an encrypted protocol to our data centre.
Seeing real-time fuel usage reports
You can access your data by either logging on to a website from a PC anywhere in the world using your login and password or use the MxTrak desktop software which has additional functionality. The data can be sent to your organisation in any format which you may require such as plotting graphs, flow charts, pie charts, scatter graphs etc
Below is an actual dashboard of a Nigerian communication company which uses fuel level monitoring to see total consumption as well as fuel use at different locations. This can help a company monitor the levels of fuel in real-time.
The following chart shows suspicious activity taking place such as an unexplained drop in fuel level. This could mean that fuel has been siphoned, the generator is faulty, a leakage has occurred etc.
As MaximiseIT has it own data center we are able to process the readings and in real time let you of any discrepancies or unusual reading so that you’re monitoring unit can take the appropriate action. The dashboard will flash red until the operator over-rides the entry
A simple case study
An African client purchases 120,000 litres of diesel in a month from a supplier. Every month they purchase the same amount. In a recent audit it has come to their attention that our contractors are siphoning diesel during times when they have regular electricity supply. The problem is that they have no way of proving this.
How can MxTrak help?
This is a common problem and the solution is very simple. Because the client is purchasing diesel every month, MxTrak fuel level monitoring will be able to tell them the exact amount in litres of diesel which has been used every month. If diesel is siphoned during times of regular electricity supplies the charts will show sudden drops and then the data will level out. This will show at what times and at what locations diesel is being siphoned.
Cost benefits of fuel level monitoring
It can be asked why a company should the investment in the sensor, device and software? The obvious answer is to save costs. The initial cost of equipment and installation is easily covered by the savings made in fuel. One of our existing customers has reduced their fuel bills by 40% which in monetary terms is over 700,000 USD a year. Once it becomes known to staff, contractors and suppliers that fuel is being monitored our experience has shown that fuel usage drops dramatically.