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1. WO2020117860 - SYSTÈME DE PAIEMENT VIRTUEL ET PROCÉDÉ DE DISTRIBUTION DE CARBURANT

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WHAT IS CLAIMED IS:

1. A system facilitating payment for fuel dispensing comprising:

a fuel dispenser, said fuel dispenser being associated with a current-loop-to- ethemet converter for receiving serial data from a fuel dispenser controller and converting said serial data to an ethemet signal and a network appliance coupled to said current-loop-to-ethernet converter by an ethemet port; and

a virtual payment facilitator, said virtual payment facilitator comprising;

a first virtual private network server configured to communicate over a first virtual private network through a public network with said network appliance; a second virtual private network server configured to communicate over a second virtual private network through a public network with a payment authorization entity .

2. The system of Claim 1„ wherein said virtual payment facilitator further comprises a virtual forecourt dispenser controller responsive to said first mid second virtual private network servers, said virtual forecourt dispenser configured to issue fuel dispensing commands to said fuel dispense» over said first virtual private network.

3. The system of Claim 2, wherein said virtual forecourt dispenser is configured to generate an application program interface message.

4. the system of Claim 1, wherein said virtual payment facilitator further comprises first and second firewalls for preventing unauthorized access to said facilitator over said public network.

5. Hie system of Claim 4, wherein said virtual payment facilitator further comprises a virtual forecourt dispenser controller responsive to said first and second virtual private network servers, stud virtual forecourt dispenser configured to issue fuel dispensing commands to said fuel dispenser over said first virtual private network.

6. The system of Claim l , wherein said virtual private network servers execute a dynamic host configuration protocol.

7. The system of Claim 1, wherein said virtual payment facilitator is configured with a database, said database configured to store data comprising fuel dispenser identification data.

8. The system of Claim 7, wherein said database if further configured to store fuel dispenser identification data and fuel volume data.

9. The system of Claim 8, wherein said virtual payment facilitator further comprises a virtual forecourt dispenser controller responsi ve to said first and second virtual private network servers, said virtual forecourt dispenser configured to issue fuel dispensing commands to said fuel dispenser over said first virtual private network.

10. The system of Claim 8, wherein said virtual private network servers execute a dynamic host configuration protocol.

I L The system of Claim 10, wherein said virtual payment facilitator further comprises an IP address tracking module coupled to said first virtual private network server, said tracking module configured to retrieve said fuel dispenser identification data from said database and compare said data to an IP address embedded within a signal received by said first virtual private network server and to update said database based upon the comparison.

12. The system of Claim 1, wherein said current-Ioop-to-ethemet converter comprises a monitor module for intercepting serial data received by the current-foop-to-eihernet converter and relaying said serial data to one of an ethernet module and said dispenser.

13. A method for facilitating payment for fuel, said method comprising the steps of: receiving a fuel dispense request from payment authorization entity over a virtual private network, said request comprising data identifying a foe! dispenser; issuing a command to said dispenser to dispense fuel, said command issued over a virtual private network;

receiving a signal from said dispenser over a virtual private network, said signal indicating fuel dispensing is complete over said virtual private network; and transmitting aft application program interface message over a virtual private network to said payment authorization entity, said message indicating fuel dispensing is complete.

14. The method of Claim i 3, wherein said step of receiving a fuel dispense request comprises the steps of:

decrypting said fuel dispense request;

identifying & aid dispenser, and

converting said request into a machine language signal.

15. The method of Claim 14, wherein said step of issuing a command to said fuel dispenser comprises die seeps of:

encrypting said machine language signal;

sending said encrypted machine language signal to said fuel dispenser;

decrypting said encrypted machine language signal at said fuel dispenser;

convening said request into a serial data signal; and

issuing said serial data signal to said fuel dispenser.

16. The method of Claim 13, wherein said step of receiving a signal from said dispenser indicating fuel dispensing is complete comprises the steps of:

receiving an encrypted machine language signal from said fuel dispenser, decrypting said encrypted^ machine language signal;

converting said decrypted machine language signal into an application program

interface message indicating fuel dispensing is complete.

17, The method of Chum 13, wherein said step of transmitting an application program mter&ee message to said payment authorization entity comprises the steps of encrypting said application program interface message.