Computer Security & Viruses/Collecting Data from a Fuel Dispenser

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Fuel Dispenser Machine
Fuel Dispenser Machine  
Dear John

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fuel_dispenser‎

A fuel dispenser is a machine at a filling station that is used to pump gasoline, diesel, CNG, CGH2, HCNG, LPG, LH2, ethanol fuel, biofuels like biodiesel, kerosene, or other types of fuel into vehicles.

Do you feel a Software application designed and developed can be also useful to the Fuel dispenser person (who fills up fuels) in
the vehicles to keep track of customers, How much fuel consumed and utilized, entering the vehicle number, vehicle type (two wheeler, four wheeler etc) ?. This software will be developed for Petrol Pumps stations.

i.e. Interfacing the Fuel dispenser machine with a USB Interface to the Computer. The Computer software will detect the USB Fuel Dispenser machine similar to a USB Camera, USB Printer, USB Scanner etc.

Awaiting your reply,

Thanks & Regards,
Prashant S Akerkar

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Prashant,

Please clarify.  In the states, we pump our own.  Is there value in what you propose? If the use of a certain vehicle, or type of vehicle, reveals consumer behavior then collecting it may have value.  I guess the answer can't be determined until you know how the station wants to use it.

These machines are notorious for their role in ID/Credit card theft.  I've assumed there aren't many manufacturers and that after-market changes would be discouraged or prohibited, but I don't know.  

Can you expand on this?

I changed the title since the use of a USB port isn't a determining factor but the data collection is.  Use of a ubiquitous connector may be a bad idea or it may be a good idea.  For one thing, it has the potential to create a vector for infection that doesn't exist at present.  On the other hand, I imagine these machines to have a port from which certain data can be milked.  (I think this term is used to refer to obtaining data from aircraft).

- John

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Linux, Windows, Open/Free BSD, OSX. Embedded MMU-less (firmware) devt.

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Securing systems since 1982. Tip: Switching from a system that is (statistically) more prevalent to one that is less prevalent will help.

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