Laugfs introduces NFC-enabled fuel card powered by Dialog
LAUGFS Petroleum Limited, a subsidiary of LAUGFS Holdings Limited,
together with Dialog Axiata PLC., recently introduced the country’s
first ever Near Field Communication(NFC) fuel card enabling corporates
to bring down their transport costs by replacing traditional fuel books
used by them when buying fuel.
Developed in collaboration with Millennium Information Technologies
(Private) Limited and Access Telecom Technologies (Pvt) Ltd., the NFC
enabled fuel card is a bold new step in enhancing the efficiency of fuel
and fleet management for corporates.
Chairman of the LAUGFS Holdings Limited W.K.H. Wegapitiya speaking at
an awareness meeting held to inform and educate their corporate
clientele on the new feature said that during the past ten year period
LAUGFS has carried out a complete overhaul of the petroleum retail
distribution sector by introducing a customer friendly, accurate fuel
dispensing mechanism to the vehicle users of the country. “Before we
came into this sector the Sri Lankan fuel retail centres, better known
as petrol sheds, tended to create a very negative impression among
consumers. Every time when a motorist visited a fuel station he tended
to be at the mercy of the behavior of the pump attendant and the
environment at fuel stations too were not really pleasant.
When we entered this sector, we changed the perception of the
country’s fuel retail centres and by employing and training customer
friendly staff and installing state-of-the-art fuel dispensing machines
that gave the consumer a 100 % accuracy when dispensing fuel.
Today, together with Dialog, we are introducing yet another
innovative technology, the NFC fuel card, enabling especially our
corporate customers to avail themselves of cutting edge technology to
bring down their operational costs.” Wegapitiya said.
Near Field Communications is a short range frequency wireless
communication technology which enables the exchange of data between
devices over about 10 centimeter in distance. The new technology is
designed to give more benefits to its users such as fast and secure
transactions, ease of use with a tap and go mechanism, multiple
applications embedded in single card, operational efficiency and cost
reduction along with proven cutting edge technology.
“Dialog’s expertise in Near Field Communications – NFC, has laid the
foundation for the development of a portfolio of NFC based transaction
services, and we are singularly privileged to partner with LAUGFS, to
bring the “Touch” Corporate Fuel Card to market” said Dr. Hans
Wijayasuriya, Group Chief Executive of Dialog Axiata PLC.
“The “Touch” Fuel card together with its unique transaction
administration and fulfillment engine will provide Sri Lankan
enterprises with an opportunity to achieve quantum enhancements in fuel
and fleet management efficiency” he added.
By adopting the LAUGFS - Dialog “Touch” corporate fuel card,
organisations can now set pre-determined limits to employees. Formerly,
these transactions were carried out as a 100 % manual procedure but with
the use of the “Touch” corporate fuel card, organisations can now
monitor every transaction online with detailed information such as date,
time, location of each transaction and security.
The other benefits offered to the NFC fuel card users are that they
will be in better position to monitor purchases made on the corporate
card, freedom from fuel books and receipts to file, reduction in time
wasted at petrol sheds along with an instant SMS notification after