INFORMATION technology firm SmartFuel Zimbabwe has sealed a franchise agreement with South Africa’s SmartFuel International to roll out oil industry software that experts this week said would improve fuel
management in petroleum companies.
The system will also assist in stocks management in bulk fuel handling companies such as freight firms and mining entities.
SmartFuel Zimbabwe operations manager Sonny Gumbo told businessdigest in Harare this week that the fuel management system had made strides in South Africa where it had customers like major oil companies Caltex and Shell and motor dealers like Land Rover, Imperial, Hino and Toyota.
In Zimbabwe, some major companies and various government departments have shown interest in the system.
“The design on the software creates a link between the forecourt, front office and back office allowing proper management of fuel sales including end of shifts reports by service station attendants,” Gumbo said.
“For those who own service stations and those with a large fleet of vehicles this system is designed to connect their fuel pumps to computers in their back offices, thereby allowing them to tell what fuel has been sold or consumed in a day.”
He added: “Vehicle consumption reports can be produced at the simple touch of a button. The software will be available locally and will make it easier for companies to operate with full back-up and support of the software, making it more reliable and less expensive.”
He said the system uses two types of links. These are the radio frequency (RF) link and the cabling link.
During a demonstration of how the system operates this week, the IT experts said the software would help to prevent fraud, suspicious activities and unnecessary fuel losses at oil companies.
The system would also help fleet and transport managers to control the days, hours, quantity and frequency of fills for each vehicle.
“It is our hope that this system will help oil companies in Zimbabwe to reduce fuel losses,” Gumbo added.