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Challenges of Forecourt Networking

When it comes to forecourt networking there are numerous components that come into play. Depending on your kind of forecourt setup there are different challenges that may arise, primarily when it comes to the use of existing wiring. Take a look at some of the common forecourt networking challenges below!


  • Existing wiring in most forecourts is comprised of aging and buried 2 or 4 wires which are capable of only current loop or serial data transmission.

  • Dispensers, DPTs and Island Payment Terminals (IPTs) require constant polling. This places excessive bandwidth requirements on the low bandwidth existing wires.

  • Forecourt devices present proprietary software and electrical interfaces such as current loop. Current loop, for example, was never designed to be transferred over TCP/IP and is often a significant bottleneck when considering a move to networked forecourt devices, such as EMV payment systems.

  • As the number of forecourt devices (e.g. dispensers, digital media and EMV card readers) increases, the burden on the aging 2 or 4 wires increases significantly.

  • The ability to network all forecourt devices such as DPTs, displays, printers, cash acceptors, barcode readers, IPT’s, CBM’s, Leak detection systems, car wash controller systems, electronic price signs, and EMV PAP systems is severely limited by the wide variety of unique and data types along with the bandwidth restrictions of the aging 2 or 4 buried wires.

  • Security requirements for each device in the forecourt varies. For example, PCI rules for network credit card payments require much more stringent security standards than those of an electronic price sign or leak detection system.

If you have any questions about how AvaLAN can help you navigate forecourt networking or anything else, feel free to reach out to our sales team at (650) 384-0000 or at sales@avalan.com. We are always happy to help!


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