BP Amoco Pumps To Be on Internet
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) _ Tokheim Corp. today announced a deal with BP Amoco to transform the oil giant’s gas pumps into Internet-connected kiosks that will dispense weather forecasts, advertising and traffic reports.
Under the three-year deal with BP Amoco, Tokheim will provide new pumps that include Web browsers based on Microsoft Corp.’s Windows CE operating system.
In addition to weather and traffic reports, the new pumps include a system that allows customers to reserve hotel rooms and prints booking confirmations, said John Negovetich, Tokheim’s executive vice president and chief financial officer.
The kiosks also enable BP Amoco to track the sales of its franchisees and buying habits of customers, he said.
Tokheim, based in Fort Wayne, is primarily engaged in the design, manufacture and servicing of gas station equipment, point-of-sales control systems and card- and cash-activated transaction systems. The kiosks were jointly developed by Tokheim and Radiant Systems, based in Aloharetta, Ga.
BP Amoco, based in London, is one of the world’s largest producers of oil, natural gas, petrochemical and solar products.