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1. (WO2017002107) DISPOSITIF DE SÉCURITÉ DE POMPE À CARBURANT
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CLAIMS:

A device for reversibly disabling flow of fuel from a fuel dispensing unit, comprising:

a. at least one sensor configured to measure at least one parameter related to a member of a vehicle-related group consisting of: a vehicle, a vehicle accessory, said vehicle's environment and any combination thereof;

b. a database to store at least one characteristic signal pattern related to at least one member of said vehicle-related group;

c. a set of instructions which, when executed, are configured to (a) analyze at least one said parameter related to at least one said member of said vehicle-related group, said analysis producing at least one measured signal pattern; (b) compare said at least one measured signal pattern with said at least one characteristic signal pattern; and (c) disable said fuel dispensing unit from dispensing fuel consequent to at least one said measured signal pattern being substantially similar to at least one said characteristic signal pattern and enable said fuel dispensing unit to dispense fuel consequent to all of said at least one measured signal pattern being substantially different from all of said at least one characteristic signal pattern,

wherein said measurement of said at least one parameter related to a member of said vehicle-related group is performed remotely or via said fuel dispensing unit, said at least one sensor not forming a part of any system of said vehicle.

The device of claim 1, wherein said set of instructions additionally comprises instructions which, when executed, configure said fuel dispensing unit to dispense fuel if each said measured signal pattern differs substantially from every said characteristic signal pattern.

The device of claim 1, wherein said vehicle accessory is an electronic activator.

The device of claim 3, wherein said electronic activator is selected from a group consisting of an electronic locking mechanism, an ignition control, and any combination thereof.

The device of claim 1, wherein said vehicle's environment is selected from a group consisting of: another vehicle, hydrocarbon vapor, a fire, an abnormally high temperature, and any combination thereof.

6. The device of claim 1, wherein, after dispensing of fuel is disabled, said instructions are configured such that, when executed, said device continues measuring and analyzing said parameters and comparing said parameters to said characteristic parameters until either (1) the attempt to dispense has ended, or (2) the measured monitored parameters indicate that it is safe to dispense fuel.

7. The device of claim 1, wherein at least one said sensor is selected from a group consisting of: a vibration sensor, a temperature sensor, an infrared sensor, a light sensor, a sound sensor, an electric field sensor, a magnetic field sensor, a gas sensor and any combination thereof.

8. The device of claim 1, wherein said signal pattern is selected from a group consisting of: a signal pattern characteristic of a running engine, a signal pattern characteristic of an overheated engine, a signal pattern characteristic of an unlocked vehicle, a signal pattern characteristic of hydrocarbon vapor, a signal pattern characteristic of an ignition control inside the vehicle, a signal pattern characteristic of an electronic locking mechanism inside the vehicle, a signal pattern characteristic of a fire, a signal pattern characteristic of an abnormally high temperature, a signal pattern characteristic of a second running engine in proximity to said fuel dispenser, a signal pattern characteristic of an activated electronic locking mechanism, a signal pattern characteristic of an activated ignition control, and any combination thereof.

9. The device of claim 1, wherein said device is reprogrammable.

10. The device of claim 7, wherein reprogramming effects at least one of the following changes: upgrades said instructions; corrects errors in said instructions, changes the number of sensors, changes the type a sensor, adds a new signal patterns to the database, and any combination thereof.

11. The device of claim 7, wherein said reprogramming is automatic.

12. The device of claim 9, wherein said instructions, when executed, configure said device to add at least one signal pattern to said database.

13. The device of claim 9, wherein said instructions, when executed, configure said device to modify at least one signal pattern in said database.

14. The device of claim 1, wherein said fuel is either liquid or gaseous.

15. The device of claim 1, wherein said fuel is pumpable from a storage tank into a holding tank.

16. The device of claim 1, wherein said fuel is transferable from said storage tank to said holding tank via a member of a group consisting of a nozzle, an open end to a pipe or hose, a screw-on connector, a connector held to a portion of said fuel holding tank by a vacuum, a connector held to an inlet in fluid connection with said fuel holding tank by a vacuum, a connector held to a portion of said fuel holding tank by a magnetic connection, a connector held to an inlet in fluid connection with said fuel holding tank by a magnetic connection, and any combination thereof.

17. The device of claim 1, wherein said fuel is selected from a group consisting of: gasoline, diesel fuel, benzene, kerosene, ethanol, biodiesel, propane, butane, compressed natural gas (CNG), liquefied natural gas (LNG), Dimethyl ether (DME), Liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), ammonia, hydrogen, compressed natural gas (CNG), biogas, liquid nitrogen, wood gas, city gas, and any combination thereof.

18. A method of reversibly disabling flow of fuel from a fuel dispensing unit, comprising steps of:

a. providing a device for disabling flow of fuel from a fuel dispensing unit comprising:at least one sensor configured to measure at least one parameter related to a member of a vehicle-related group consisting of: a vehicle, a vehicle accessory, said vehicle's environment and any combination thereof;a database to store at least one characteristic signal pattern related to at least one member of said vehicle-related group; a set of instructions which, when executed, are configured to (a) analyze at least one said parameter related to at least one said member of said vehicle-related group, said analysis generating at least one measured signal pattern; (b) compare said at least one measured signal pattern with said at least one characteristic signal pattern; and (c) disable said fuel dispensing unit from dispensing fuel consequent on at least one said measured signal pattern being substantially similar to at least one said characteristic signal pattern and enable said fuel dispensing unit to dispense fuel consequent to all of said at least one measured signal pattern being substantially different from all of said at least one characteristic signal pattern;

b. activating said device;

c. measuring at least one said parameter related to said member of a vehicle-related group;

d. analyzing said parameter related to said member of a vehicle-related group to generate at least one measured signal pattern;

e. comparing said at least one measured signal pattern with said at least one characteristic signal pattern;

f. disabling said fuel dispensing unit from dispensing fuel consequent to at least one said measured signal pattern being substantially similar to at least one said characteristic signal pattern; and

g. enabling said fuel dispensing unit to dispense fuel consequent to all of said at least one measured signal pattern being substantially different from all of said at least one characteristic signal pattern

wherein said measurement of said at least one parameter related to a member of said vehicle-related group is performed remotely or via said fuel dispensing unit, said at least one sensor not forming a part of any system of said vehicle.

19. The method of claim 18, additionally comprising steps of dispensing fuel if each said measured signal pattern differs substantially from every said characteristic signal pattern.

20. The method of claim 18, wherein said vehicle accessory is an electronic activator.

21. The method of claim 18, additionally comprising steps of selecting said electronic activator from a group consisting of an electronic locking mechanism, an ignition control, and any combination thereof.

22. The method of claim 18, additionally comprising steps of selecting said vehicle's environment from a group consisting of: another vehicle, hydrocarbon vapor, a fire, an abnormally high temperature, and any combination thereof.

23. The method of claim 18, additionally comprising steps of measuring and analyzing said parameters and comparing said parameters to said characteristic parameters after dispensing of fuel is disabled until either (1) the attempt to dispense has ended, or (2) the measured monitored parameters indicate that it is safe to dispense fuel.

24. The method of claim 18, additionally comprising steps of selecting at least one said sensor from a group consisting of: a vibration sensor, a temperature sensor, an infrared sensor, a light sensor, a sound sensor, an electric field sensor, a magnetic field sensor, a gas sensor and any combination thereof.

25. The method of claim 18, additionally comprising steps of selecting said signal pattern from a group consisting of: a signal pattern characteristic of a running engine, a signal pattern characteristic of an overheated engine, a signal pattern characteristic of an unlocked vehicle, a signal pattern characteristic of hydrocarbon vapor, a signal pattern characteristic of an ignition control inside the vehicle, a signal pattern characteristic of an electronic locking mechanism inside the vehicle, a signal pattern characteristic of a fire, a signal pattern characteristic of an abnormally high temperature, a signal pattern characteristic of a second running engine in proximity to said fuel dispenser, a signal pattern characteristic of an activated electronic locking mechanism, a signal pattern characteristic of an activated ignition control, and any combination thereof.

26. The method of claim 18, additionally comprising steps of reprogramming said device.

27. The method of claim 26, additionally comprising steps of selecting said reprogramming from a group consisting of: upgrading said instructions; correcting errors in said instructions, changing the number of sensors, changing the type a sensor, adding a new signal patterns to the database, and any combination thereof.

28. The method of claim 26, additionally comprising steps of automatically reprogramming said device.

29. The method of claim 28, additionally comprising steps of adding at least one signal pattern to said database.

30. The method of claim 28, additionally comprising steps of modifying at least one signal pattern in said database.

31. The method of claim 18, additionally comprising steps of selecting said fuel to be either liquid or gaseous.

32. The method of claim 18, additionally comprising steps of pumping said fuel from a storage tank into a holding tank.

33. The method of claim 18, additionally comprising steps of transferring said fuel from said storage tank to said holding tank via a member of a group consisting of a nozzle, an open end to a pipe or hose, a screw-on connector, a connector held to a portion of said fuel holding tank by a vacuum, a connector held to an inlet in fluid connection with said fuel holding tank by a vacuum, a connector held to a portion of said fuel holding tank by a magnetic connection, a connector held to an inlet in fluid connection with said fuel holding tank by a magnetic connection, and any combination thereof.

The method of claim 18, additionally comprising steps of selecting said fuel from a group consisting of: gasoline, diesel fuel, benzene, kerosene, ethanol, biodiesel, propane, butane, compressed natural gas (CNG), liquefied natural gas (LNG), Dimethyl ether (DME), Liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), ammonia, hydrogen, compressed natural gas (CNG), biogas, liquid nitrogen, wood gas, city gas, and any combination thereof.