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Safely filling up your car at any time; day or night

Offering customers a safe filling environment after dark requires good lighting. The Luci Series LED fixtures are the perfect solution. The focus during development was on long service life, high colour fidelity, and uniform lighting, enabling customers to see people, cars, pumps, and other objects in near-daylight conditions 24/7. This increases the sense of safety considerably while reducing energy consumption to a minimum – thanks to intelligent dimming options.



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Conventiontional lighting at petrol stations usually lasts two to three years, claims Hugo Jongebreur, Commercial Director for the BeNeLux in the Fuel division at Bever Innovations. “The technical service often has its hands full putting up and taking down scaffolding, installing ladders and replacing fixtures. But despite these efforts, they’re fighting a losing battle. It often takes a few weeks before defective fixtures are identified. All that time, customers have to deal with poorly lit price displays at the pump and dark corners that negatively affect their sense of safety. Bever LED lighting puts an end to all this.”

Bright white light
“What makes our LED lighting so distinct are its long service life, high colour fidelity, uniform lighting, and optimum adjustability,” explains Jongebreur. “The lighting easily lasts 18 years. And because the light is much whiter and brighter than conventional lighting (5,700 Kelvin rather than 3,000 Kelvin), people, cars, pumps, and other objects can be seen in daylight conditions at all times. Poorly lit price displays and dark corners are no longer an issue, making customers feel safer and more welcome.”

Intelligent dimming
Whereas conventional lighting is on full power 12 hours a day, Bever’s LED lighting automatically dims to a third of lighting capacity in the absence of customers. This is particularly helpful when there is minimal activity at the station, primarily between midnight and 6 am. Jongebreur adds, “As soon as motion is detected, the fixtures switch on automatically and gradually intensify to a certain level of lighting. This enables safe, comfortable refuelling after dark with minimal energy consumption.”

 

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Optimal sense of safety
All LED fixtures are automatically incorporated into a wireless network. “The fixtures relay information to each other 24/7, without an Internet connection being required. The EOS Manager app on a smartphone or tablet enables fuel station managers to view the status of their fixtures, as well as energy consumption and any faults, in order to adjust the light intensity of the fixtures and/or activate or deactivate daylight sensors and motion sensors. This can be done individually or in groups. And both on location or remotely. Should a fixture become defective, this can be seen directly in the EOS Manager app, so that action can be taken to remedy the problem. This ensures an optimal sense of safety.” But earlier signals are also rendered visible. “The operating temperatures of all critical fixture parts are monitored 24/7,” says Jongebreur. “If the temperatures rise above a critical limit, this is communicated directly in the EOS Manager app, thus enabling predictive maintenance and guaranteeing visibility and safety at the petrol stations at all times.
This is highly appreciated not only by customers but also by petrol station managers.”

Simpler and clearer display of fuel prices, discounts and marketing campaigns

Fuel stations keen to share their promotions or discounts with customers (whether existing or potential) frequently put up banners over their price displays. This is not only aesthetically displeasing, but also requires a lot of effort on the part of the fuel station operators and/or technical and other staff. After all, the banners not only need to be designed, printed and put up, but also have to be taken down again after the campaign comes to an end. The InMotion (InMo) LED screen from Bever Innovations’ Fuel puts an end to all that effort.

InMo is a dynamic LED screen that can be easily incorporated into price displays using modular parts. The screen itself serves as a price display, information terminal and marketing tool in one. “The LED screen can not only display fuel prices, but also easily highlight discounts and marketing promotions, both textually and visually,” explains Bram Bolle, LED Product Manager of the Fuel division at Bever Innovations. “It’s professional, eye-catching and dynamic, with a suitable message for every occasion. Thanks to the Point (POS) link and price projection on top of the screen display, the most up-to-date prices can be displayed at all times.”

 

Smart design, exceptional clarity

The InMo LED screen was specially developed for integration with a price display. Thanks to its modular design, the dimensions of the screen can easily be adapted to the available space. The InMo LED screen is also available in various pitch sizes, offering the right resolution and clarity for every situation. Combined with an extensive and detailed colour range (High Dynamic Range: 48 bit colours across a complete dimming range), the InMo LED screen is an eye-catcher in all conditions.

 

The right price at all times

“Thanks to the link to the POS system, up-to-date fuel prices are displayed on the LED screen automatically,” continues Bolle. “And without the manager and/or technical or other staff having to lift a finger. A converter ensures the right translation from the cash register ‘language’ to the communication protocol in the InMo LED screen, after which the information is sent automatically to the screen by way of a wireless connection. The price information is then projected on top of the chosen image so that, when prices change, the image does not have to be changed as well.”

 

Remote control

The InMo LED screen can be accessed remotely via the EOS Connected platform from Bever Innovations. ‘All information is available online, enabling remote management. “Authorised individuals can easily create or change playlists by the day/time online. For example, coffee, tea and fresh croissants at the fuel station can be promoted in the morning hours, with sandwiches and energy or soft drinks being highlighted in the afternoon. If desired, these promotions and the current fuel prices can alternate with discounts and/or savings campaigns.”

 

Plug-and-play assembly

The InMo LED screen is unique in that it features plug-and-play installation. The modular system is comprised of elongated lines in various heights and widths that can be easily stacked horizontally or vertically on the basic frame of the price display. The development/integration of a separate frame is not needed as a result. The high-quality LEDs in the InMo LED screen are specially developed for outdoor use and, consequently, offer excellent protection from rain, wind, hail, UV radiation, extremely low and high temperatures and other weather influences. “Thanks to the combination of the black appearance of the LEDs and the high light output, the screen guarantees extremely high contrast and readability under all weather conditions,” adds Bolle. “The screen adapts to the amount of surrounding light automatically. Since there are several light sensors in the screen, the LEDs also respond if only part of the screen is in direct sunlight.” It goes without saying that the InMo LED screen is protected by Bever Innovations AOP (Active Overheating Protection), thereby guaranteeing a long service life of over 80,000 hours.

 

Future-proof technology

“Thanks to the wireless integrated EOS network technology from Bever Innovations, the InMo LED screen can easily be incorporated into the EOS network, which enables all of our LED products to communicate wirelessly,” concludes Bolle. “These products include the LED awning lighting, LED outdoor lighting and LED shop lighting. In addition, EOS technology not only ensures optimal coordination between all LED lighting installations, but also performs a controlling function. Managers and/or technical and other staff can see at a single glance whether the LEDs are functioning properly, the prices and promotions displayed at all times and whether any unforeseen disruptions have occurred, allowing for action to be taken directly. This results the perfect combination of simplified management, clear communication and optimal safety.”

Anja Kraan, Joint Team Leader of Bever Innovations’ Customer Service department:

‘The diversity and international character make my role varied, exciting and challenging’

The Customer Service department of Bever Innovations’ Fuel division supports sales partners abroad when it comes to issuing quotes, putting through orders and responding to all kinds of sales queries. What’s more, we are the pivot between the various internal departments, such as Sales, Logistics, Planning and Aftersales.

Custom light plans

If need be, we draw up the LED lighting plans. For canopy and/or area lighting, for instance, which entails us factoring in not only the wishes and requirements of the fuel station operator/oil company but also the local legislation and regulations. All lighting plans are imported into our DIALux lighting software from AutoCAD, whereupon we use a virtual simulation to render the light plan readily comprehensible to our sales partner as well as to the fuel station operator.

Once the project has been awarded to us, we keep in close contact with our Planning and Logistics departments to guarantee that all orders are delivered in full and on time. We perform the same work for the Horticulture and Industrial divisions, albeit for our Dutch sales partners in these cases.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pro-active feedback and optimisation

The work in the Customer Service department is varied, but that’s precisely what makes this role so enjoyable! Particularly in combination with the international character. Though I started out as a secretary to the directorate, I quickly switched to sales support for businesses operating worldwide. I joined Bever Innovations a decade ago. First as sales and support staff, but last year I became joint team leader. My role puts me right at the level of our internal challenges, as well as the effect of these on our sales partners. By feeding this back proactively and clearly and by continuously testing optimisations in practice, I work with my colleagues to try and provide an even better service to our partners.

Social values

My role sees me in touch with a wide array of (international) companies from such places as Germany, France, South America and Africa, all of which have their own character, way of communicating, customer strategy and documentation method. That keeps my role varied, exciting and challenging. Furthermore, I’m able to do my bit towards the development and sale of sustainable lighting products, which are contributing to fostering a better environment. That’s something I’m extremely proud of.
And I think it’s especially great that the production and assembly of our LED products are done at two sheltered workshops in Vlissingen and Terneuzen, where people with difficulties accessing the labour market are given an opportunity to acquire experience and be a fully fledged part of society.

Meet Marcel Steine: R&D Engineer at Bever Innovations

‘Connectivity is becoming increasingly important, and we’re fully focused on it’

Connectivity is becoming more and more commonplace in the market. The number of smart homes in which the lighting, thermostats, smoke alarms and camera systems can be accessed and managed remotely and smartly is skyrocketing. A development that is also evident in our (lighting) products. Such as in the price displays and canopy lighting, of which the accessibility and possibilities are growing rapidly. A connection to our EOS network functionality enables fuel station managers to view the status of their (lighting) products as well as energy consumption and any faults 24/7. Remotely too, thus offering considerable benefits for in excess of 2,000 unmanned fuel stations in the Netherlands. Furthermore, the wireless EOS platform presents opportunities for predictive maintenance, enabling significant savings on the costs of service and maintenance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’ve been working at Bever Innovations for five years now. Together with the other R&D engineers, I’m fully dedicated to improving our existing products and to the development of new products and functionality. Mainly based on customers’ wishes, which we observe on location or have highlighted to us by our sales and back office colleagues. In this regard, my focus is particularly on the software required to ensure the products function properly. From the control software to the mobile applications. Right from the outset, I’m involved in the development of the EOS network functionality, which not only interconnects our products but also enables smart connections to the Internet, customers’ mobile devices as well as third-party systems. I also contribute to the development of new price displays for the Fuel division. In line with the latest standards, with us focusing on more straightforward production, swifter integration of customers’ wishes and more robust housing. Thus ensuring the display continues to work optimally in all extreme (weather) conditions.

Another interesting thing is the developments within Bever Innovations’ Horticulture division—a relatively new division focusing on mobile, flexible and plug-and-play cultivation carts for plant-growing, featuring smart integration of the lighting. Besides a more robust finish—which enables the cultivation carts to be assembled and dismantled quickly and easily and to be used in extreme conditions—within this division we’re focusing on connectivity. An app on a smartphone or tablet makes it easy to do such things as switch the lights on the plant trays on and off, as well as (pre)program switching-on and switching-off times and adjust light intensities. Entirely in accordance with the (cycle) needs of the plants, thereby ensuring an optimum climate for growth and minimal energy consumption.

The developments for existing and new products are invariably worked on in project teams. As a project manager I’m responsible for fine-tuning the work within the multidisciplinary teams, monitoring planning and achieving the objectives set. I studied at Eindhoven University of Technology. Following my BSc in Computer Science & Engineering, I studied an MSc in Embedded Systems, in which my focus was on software control of various integrated systems. I subsequently studied for a PhD, which saw me predominantly working on the quality of wireless sensor networks and amassing, processing, analysing and visualising data. A basic precursor to my work at Bever Innovations. Hence the experience I acquired during my studies comes in really handy here!