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Is Wireless Ethernet a good choice for upgrading your fuel pump to EMV?

Many fuel center professionals are evaluating options for how to best comply with the October 2017 deadline of upgrading their fuel pump payment systems to EMV.

95% of all fuel pumps in existence use legacy “2 wire” connectivity from the fuel pump to the master server, which is typically located inside the store. 2 wire (or RS-485/Serial) communication is an old technology that worked well for typical pump data and mag strip card readers, however the new EMV payment terminals have many characteristics that require the more robust communications medium of Ethernet.

The most natural migration for many fuel centers facing the EMV upgrade deadline of 2017 is to simply “bite the bullet” and begin planning around huge costs and the business interruption reality of tearing up concrete to install Ethernet cable runs out to the fuel pumps.

However some major retailers are considering a much lower cost alternative for upgrading their pumps to Ethernet. That alternative is called Wireless Ethernet. Not to be confused with Wi-Fi, Wireless Ethernet has built a reputation for range, reliability and most importantly, security.

With the Internet of Things (IoT) revolution, companies such as AvaLAN Wireless are building and deploying high speed extremely secure and reliable Wireless Ethernet solutions for Machine (Fuel Pump) to Machine (Master Server) communications. Employing highly advanced encryption standards such as FIPS197 and FIPS140-2 along with the advanced range and penetration capabilities of 900 MHz, company’s like AvaLAN offer an extremely compelling alternative to the costly burden of rewiring the fuel center for EMV.

With successful wireless POS deployments to Fortune 20 retailers AvaLAN is poised to become the premier EMV wireless upgrade option in 2017.

What is wireless Ethernet? Wireless Ethernet is the use of unlicensed or licensed spectrum radios uniquely designed with Ethernet interfaces, for reliable industrial M2M Ethernet cable replacement.

Here are 10 questions to consider when planning your next Wireless Ethernet System:

  1. Security.

  2. How do the radios handle real world interference?

  3. Are the radios optimized to handle Ethernet packets?

  4. What’s the best way to design the project? PTP, PTMP, or Mesh?

  5. Is latency an important factor for the device(s) I am connecting?

  6. What are the trade offs between power consumption, frequencies, and throughput?

  7. What is the variance in wireless reliability with different types of obstructions?

  8. What are the pros and cons of wireless Cellular Ethernet vs. Wireless ISM or licensed band Ethernet?

  9. Is this an outdoor installation? If so, what type of radio enclosure will perform best year over year in harsh environments?

  10. What is the total cost of ownership and value of the solution I will be deploying?

At AvaLAN Wireless Systems, our team of engineers have over 20 years of experience developing and implementing Wireless Ethernet solutions for a wide variety of M2M applications including, Retail POS, IP Surveillance Cameras, IP Access Control, SCADA IP PLC, VOIP, IP Digital Billboards, and many others.  Please contact us for all your industrial wireless needs. We look forward to working with you.

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