Sunday, January 7, 2007

Dresser Wayne and Microsoft Partner on WiFi Gas Pumps

Dresser Wayne, which supplies self-service consoles and fuel blending dispensers to service stations, is partnering with Microsoft to show how consumers can wirelessly transfer music to their car while refueling.

The Dresser Wayne Ovation iX fuel dispenser is an Internet-ready, WiFi-capable gas pump with a 15-inch touchscreen and speakers. The idea is to enable the transfer of media content to other WiFi-enabled devices, such as to a Microsoft Windows Automotive-enabled Alpine Electronics stereo and navigation system.

In addition to demonstrating the ability to wirelessly transfer audio files, Dresser Wayne is also highlighting iX Media Enterprise, the dispenser's software application that supports audio and video functions. The console provides real-time Internet news headlines, traffic information and weather reports on its VGA screen. It also supports customized, full-motion video promotions and specials while customers fill up.

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