Recent media reports alleging two patients at a Limpopo state hospital passed away during load shedding because the generators did not have sufficient fuel to keep life support machines running, has brought the importance of diesel monitoring to the forefront in South African healthcare facilities.

While many facilities rely on back-up fuel generators during power outages, inaccurate or non-existent fuel monitoring systems pose the added risk of stopping service delivery, particularly in crucial circumstances.

“The recently reported tragedy at Letaba Hospital, which according to various sources resulted in the loss of two lives, is made all the more tragic because it appears as if the situation was avoidable,” said CEO Sentinel Fuel Products, Kurt Reinhardt.

“Early reports indicate that the hospital generator was understocked that night. Ongoing monitoring of diesel generators is essential in mission critical environments such as hospitals. The simple addition of a fuel monitoring system which sends real time notifications when fuel reaches critical levels can mitigate unfortunate events such as these,” continued Reinhardt.

XLink Communications’ Irish partner, Sentinel Fuel Products, has developed machine-to-machine (M2M) technology:  the Oilguard9000©, a real-time fuel management system which protects and manages fuel assets 24/7 and provides live management visibility and precise control through a secure web-based login.

XLink Chief Commercial Officer, Hymie Marnewick, believes the technology could help mitigate further load shedding induced deaths at hospitals. “With the growing demand for diesel generators to keep commerce up and running, the demand for our M2M technology grows to prevent these types of losses and downtime and ensure the continuity of power for essential services and major corporations in the healthcare, telecommunications, industrial, transportation, mining and military sectors,” said Marnewick.

Sensors in diesel storage tanks detect water ingress, measure the viscosity, alert users to tampering and alien substances, and measure the fill and levels. M2M diesel monitoring ensures actual management providing both live and historic reporting and remote control with alerts for critical events like fuel fills, delivery, volumes, spills and theft.

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