NEW DELHI: Oil marketing companies (OMCs), including IOC, BPCL and HPCL, have been instructed to install global positioning system (GPS) to monitor the movement of tank trucks from the depots to retail outlets in a bid to check adulteration. Further, the government is targeting complete automation of all retail outlets selling more than 200 kilolitres (KL) per month by March '07. An aggressive strategy has been chalked out to tackle the menace of petroleum adulteration, which according to recent government estimates is worth over Rs 15,000 crore. A slew of measures, including adoption of Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) for petrol and diesel, BIS certification and third-party inspections, installation of micro-processor controlled state-of-the-art dispensing machines and introduction of gas chromatography test for testing petrol and diesel have been suggested. The OMCs have been asked to complete third-party certification of all retail outlets selling more than 100 KL per ... Continue reading →
Just a few years ago, every one said it was unnecessary; that customers didn't want it, and that even if they wanted it, they weren't willing to pay for it, and to top it all, it was too expensive. Everyone thought the technology needed to be adapted. Not any more. We're talking about GPS, or Global Positioning Systems. This system is used to accurately pinpoint the location of a vehicle or entity on the surface of the earth, whether on sea or land or air. A typical GPS system consists of over 24 satellites at around 22,000 km above the earth, a transponder-receiver on the ground unit, and a GSM, or the cellular network on the ground. The idea is triangulation: signals sent from the satellites are collated, analysed for distance and location in the ground unit and bounced off to the cellular network by sms. Digitised maps can be superimposed to get the location of the truck. GPS is already being used for purposes as diverse as vehicle tracking, to earthquake and water ... Continue reading →
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