With Fuel it, the breakdown is over!
The Fuel it system allows you to know the autonomy time of your fuel tank in real time
Engineers from Côte-d’Or have developed a plug that allows you to know the reserve of an oil tank remotely, directly on your smartphone. An innovation 100% made in Burgundy that could seduce the food industry.
Let’s go back to 2015: Emmanuel, father of a family living around Dijon, runs out of fuel oil. On a Friday winter night, nothing to heat the house until Monday morning. An unfortunate story that gives him an idea: create a tank cap that would allow the heads in the air to be warned in real time of the level of fuel remaining in their domestic tanks.
“This is how the Fuel sense was born. Because until now, there was no plug connected of this type” sums up François du Garreau, director of innovation of the Dijon start-up Fuel it, whose offices are located rue des Godrans, in Dijon.
Indeed, to know the volume of fuel remaining in its tank, there are two solutions: probe it with a stick or install a mechanical gauge. But in both cases, it is necessary to think of going down to the cellar to control the level. When you know that you have to fill up every eight months or so, it can come to mind…”, explains François du Garreau.
The promise of Fuel it is therefore to warn the owner of the house, on his smartphone or tablet, when the remaining level becomes critical, giving an estimated duration before the breakdown. Fuel sense also sends an alert “abnormal level drop” in case of theft or leak, for example.
“This sensor just replaces the original cap and requires no installer. It works via the emission of an ultrasonic signal in the tank. The data collected is then sent to our servers via the low-frequency network system Sigfox or LoRa, then redirected to users’ phones,” details the director of innovation, who specifies that his product is entirely made in Burgundy – the names of suppliers have not been disclosed.
What about data protection?
Fuel it engineers ensure compliance with European requirements and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). However, they recognise that the “data” collected by their start-up can be used – but only if the user authorises it – to optimise suppliers’ fuel rounds.
To date, Fuel it, which has grown with less than 100,000€ in budget, has won an innovation grant from the Public Investment Bank (BPI) and sold about 100 pre-series of its connected sensor. It hopes to market nearly 10,000 units this year to private individuals and fuel distributors. The start-up is also working on another version of the sensor for the food tank market.
Sigfox and LoRa networks: still waves around us?
Like Orange or SFR, Sigfox is a French cellular network, but only dedicated to the Internet of Things (Internet Of Things abbreviated IOT) which allows objects to communicate with each other wirelessly and without going through the mobile phone network, neither Wifi, nor Bluetooth. Thanks to low speed communication antennas, a little close to radio antennas, Sigfox receives information from these objects connected to its servers, before it is sent back to mobile user applications. According to the operator, more than 2000 antennas have already been deployed in the hexagon. The Sigfox IOT network covers 94% of the French population. Note that a competing operator is currently being deployed in the country, called LoRa.
Article written by Marie Morlot. .
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