Irish smart card provider SmartCentric Technologies International has been awarded a contract to develop a new contact and contactless fuel card system for LUKOIL, Russia’s largest oil company. Its Inter-Card will be rolled out across the company’s more than 5,200 filling stations in Europe.
LUKOIL-Inter-Card has been operating the LUKOIL fleet and account-based fuel card, originally developed by SmartCentric, in more than 3,000 of its filling stations in Russia and Belarus since 1997 with more than 1.75 million cards currently in circulation. The new system will see the number of cards in use rise to more than seven million that will be accepted at more than 5,200 European filling stations.
The new system will enable LUKOIL to offer a one-stop approach at its filling stations. The point of sale equipment will accept multiple card types including magnetic stripe, contact and contactless chip cards and even contactless car mounted devices and payment via mobile phones.
In addition, cards issued by other fuel companies, banks and card processors will be accepted in the system, which will also offer multiple customer solutions including prepaid or account based fleet cards, single use cards and end user consumer cards.
The cards can be used for fuel and oil products as well as purchases of other goods and services. A VAT reimbursement and reporting system allows for seamless system operation as well as Internet based client portals for efficient registration and system management.
The new cards will also include a loyalty application which will allow LUKOIL to offer its customers incentives for their purchases which can then be redeemed in-store at filling stations as well as offering discounts with group partners.