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Telemetry: Made to Measure

Telemetry, cars on top of fuel tanks, and other measures to keep an eye on your fuel levels

car on top of fuel tank, modern telemetry device


It’s not a secret that with fuel prices soaring, thieves are becoming more determined and creative in trying get their hands on your fuel. But in response, so do some customers who store it. Case in point, this vehicle on top of an above-ground fuel tank, blocking its access hatch. Good luck getting anything out of this one…

While an interesting idea, this would not be our first choice for preventing theft. We would recommend, as an alternative, to use a range of telemetry services to keep the fuel safe but also provide accurate fuel levels so you don’t run out.

What is telemetry?

The word comes from Greek and means “remote measure”. Telemeter is the device that measures your tank’s product levels. It consists of a sensor, transmission path, and a display, recording, or control device.

How does it work?

Specialist sensors are installed in your tank, allowing you to monitor your liquids remotely, discover safety breaches and leaks or decreasing product levels. The moment your tank contents start to get reduced, your chosen system or device is informed in various ways to meet your needs. Our system can let you know as soon as your product levels start to drop and at what rate. This update would allow for the appropriate response in case of theft, leak or need for fuel delivery.

Would it help me find out if someone’s stealing my fuel?

Yes. The sensors we install to measure your oil, fuel or chemical levels can be designed to set off an alarm if your tank contents start to decrease suddenly or drastically. If your fuel levels start dropping abnormally quickly, you can safely assume that A) someone’s taking them or B) you’ve got a leak. Either way, action needs to be taken. Fuel monitoring is a safe and responsible way to monitor your tank contents and act accordingly.

Can I monitor from my mobile device?

Yes, you can. A range of our telematics services is perfect for long-distance monitoring. Our sensors in your tank will send data directly to your mobile device, so you can rest assured that you will always be informed of your product’s levels without having to go to your tank and check manually.

What kinds of tanks can we serve with telemetry?

The systems and sensors are designed to be installed in tanks of all shapes and sizes, located indoors and outdoors. You can read more about our further available tank services here.

What are the key benefits of using tank telemetry?
  • Knowing your fuel/oil/chemical product levels 24/7
  • Monitoring available on multiple platforms
  • Real-time data
  • Reduced risk of theft
  • Fast response to leaks or theft
  • Labour savings – A lower requirement for manned security
To discuss which system may work for your fuel storage, speak to our expert team on 0808 164 4570.