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BP pumps to double as Internet kiosks -WSJ

NEW YORK, Aug 17 (Reuters)- Oil giant BP Amoco Plc plans to connect pumps at gasoline stations to the Internet starting early next year, allowing motorists to get weather forecasts and traffic updates, the Wall Street Journal reports in Tuesday's online edition.

The paper said BP is expected to announce a three-year deal with pump supplier Tokheim Corp. (NYSE:TOK - news) to provide pumps that include Web browsers and software company Microsoft Corp.'s (Nasdaq:MSFT - news) Windows CE operating system.

The cyber-ready pumps, which will be able to send e-mail to corporate headquarters when they need servicing, will create savings by helping BP to manage its equipment, the paper said.

The set-up will also enable BP to add new features to the pumps without having to replace hardware or write new software, the Journal said.

The new pumps will also offer electronic commerce and advertising opportunities, the paper said.

BP's plan also represents a ``victory'' for Microsoft's Windows CE, a compact operating system for non-PC devices, the paper said.

The new pumps are expected to be installed at new gas stations early next year but no replacement schedule has been set for pumps at existing stations, the paper said.

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