Oneok‘s patented central fuel management system integrates multiple systems to pre-authorize fuel loads for trucks based on carrier, trailer, and driver information. The system ensures efficient and authorized loading at terminals, with notifications and updates sent to relevant parties. GlobalData’s report on Oneok gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s company profile on Oneok, was a key innovation area identified from patents. Oneok's grant share as of February 2024 was 48%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Central fuel management system for authorizing loads at terminals

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Oneok Inc

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11866321B1) outlines a central fuel management system that streamlines the pre-authorization process for loading fuel. The system involves a pre-authorization module in communication with various retail-side fuel supply chain management systems and a fuel terminal automated system. This module utilizes machine-readable instructions to receive and match carrier, trailer, and driver information, query relevant systems for load authorization, and send notifications to carriers and drivers based on the authorization status. Additionally, the system maps drivers to terminals containing authorized loads, provides fuel filling instructions, and updates associated databases post-loading.

Moreover, the patent includes a user portal with graphical interfaces for displaying notifications and enabling users to book, transfer, and manage fuel stock. The system caters to users beyond drivers, offering functionalities for invoicing and payment information related to fuel transactions. The method described in the patent involves a processor executing instructions to manage the pre-authorization process efficiently, ensuring compliance with loading quantity limits and authorization requirements. Overall, the central fuel management system aims to enhance operational efficiency and transparency within the fuel supply chain, utilizing technology to automate and streamline various processes involved in fuel loading and management.

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