Windows CE is used to control what Dresser calls its iX technology platform. The latter controls the key features of the pump, which includes a 10.4-inch color display that can bombard consumers with commercials while they gas up. A built-in printer can dispense promotional coupons.
The software also ties the pump directly into the convenience store area that's part of most modern gas stations. "You'll be able to stop for gas and without ever leaving the pump, buy a cup of coffee and a lottery ticket, download an MP3, and check traffic reports," Dresser Wayne director of marketing Dan Harrell said in a statement earlier this year, when the pump was previewed at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
From the seller side of the equation, the Ovation is billed as an advanced platform that'll enable service stations to increase revenue and lower costs. It's also got a built-in, self-calibrating fuel meter, which Dresser Wayne promotes in its materials as "field-proven to save [station owners] thousands of gallons of lost fuel every year."
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