Security Ranger III User manual

ORION®Field Application 4.0
for Trimble® Ranger 3 with ReadCenter®
ORI-UM-00185-EN-05 (October 2014)
User Manual
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CONTENTS
INTRODUCTION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
GETTING STARTED
INITIAL STARTUP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
SOFTWARE SECURITY MODES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
PROGRAM STARTUP AND EXIT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
MAIN MENU . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
USER GUIDE
READING METERS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
Login . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
Account Read Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
Capturing Meter Readings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
Auto and Manual Route Navigation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
Bookmark an Account . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
Route Progress . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
Tamper Processing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
Mark Route Complete . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
Reader Codes, Trouble Codes, Comments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
WORK ITEMS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
SEARCH . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32
QUICK READ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42
LOAD/UNLOAD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44
ROUTE FILE MANAGEMENT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45
VERSA PROBE QUICK READ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47
SETTINGS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49
Hardware Options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50
Route Reading Options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53
Route Processing Options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56
Data Transfer Options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60
HANDHELD OPERATION
TRIMBLE RANGER 3 HANDHELD OVERVIEW . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64
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System Components . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .64
General Care of the Handheld . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65
Initial Setup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66
Working with the Handheld Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68
SD and SIM Cards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69
Handheld Basic Operations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70
Working with Bluetooth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76
Working with GPS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78
Working with the Speaker/Microphone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79
Factory Reset/Clean Boot . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80
USING THE HANDHELD KEYPAD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81
KEYPAD SHORTCUTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82
CONFIGURATION OPTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83
Connecting an External Mobile Transceiver or Receiver . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84
APPENDIX
GLOSSARY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86
ACCOUNT STATUS ICONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88
TECHNOLOGY ICONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88
STATUS CODES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89
VALID COM PORTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89
GAS METER DRIVE ROTATION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90
LOADING AND UNLOADING ROUTE FILES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92
USING VERSAPROBE WITH BLUETOOTH . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94
TROUBLESHOOTING . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96
TECHNICAL SUPPORT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97
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Introduction
INTRODUCTION
The ORION® Field Application 4.0 software is designed for Utilities that use the Trimble® Ranger 3 handheld computer for
route meter reading and ReadCenter® software for reading data management. This manual is the guide for using the ORION
Field Application software. Instructions for operating the handheld are also included.
Audience and Purpose
This manual is intended to be used by field technicians for collecting accurate utility meter readings from residential and
commercial locations using the handheld. Equipped with the ORION Field Application meter reading software, the handheld
can be used for reading endpoints in the field.
NNOTE: To provide the best solution for our customers, Badger Meter continually improves software programs and updates
this manual periodically to reflect upgrades. Therefore, some discrepancies may be detected between the installed
software and this manual.
System Overview
The Trimble Ranger 3 handheld computer is a flexible and easy-to-use tool which can be used with various meter reading
technologies. It provides utilities with a handheld interrogator that can be operated with a touch screen and a customized
keypad for data entry.
The handheld is compatible with ORION, manual and touch read systems, including these ORION endpoints.
•
The ORION Fixed Network endpoint (SE) is a full functioning two-way water endpoint for use in either mobile or
fixed network mode of operation. Once installed, ORION Fixed Network endpoints operate in mobile mode and
automatically transition to fixed network mode of operation when ORION network gateway transceivers and
ReadCenter software are deployed. ORION Fixed Network endpoints automatically transition to a backup mobile
mode of operation if the network is disrupted for a period of time.
•
The ORION Migratable endpoint (ME) is a full functioning two-way water endpoint for mobile applications with the
capability of migrating to fixed network mode to support future utility growth. In addition to providing the current
reading, the two-way functionality of the ORION Migratable endpoint allows users to capture data profile information
wirelessly, without having to access the endpoint during the normal reading process.
•
The ORION Classic endpoint (CE) is a one-way endpoint designed for mobile meter reading.
About This Manual
This manual is arranged as follows:
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Getting Started
The first part of the manual covers basic information including how to start and exit the software, set the handheld
date and time, navigate the software and prepare for route reading.
•
User Guide
The User Guide provides step-by-step instructions for meter route reading and related procedures including two-way
communication functions.
•
Handheld Operation
This section covers overall care and operation of the handheld, including the initial handheld setup.
•
Appendix
The appendix includes a glossary of terms, abbreviations and icons used in the manual, troubleshooting and
Badger Meter Technical Support contact information.
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Introduction
Typographic Conventions
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Bold: Bold text and upper case are used for items on the software screens that you need to select or choose by
tapping a button, highlighting, checking a box or another similar means.
Example: Tap the View Report button.
•
Italics: Names of options, boxes, columns and fields are italicized. In most cases, first letters will be capitalized.
Example: The value displays in the Status Information field.
•
“Quotation Marks“: Messages and special markings are shown in quotation marks.
Example: “Service Stopped” displays in the title bar.
•
Instructions for using Quick Keys/Hot Keys always indicate a double key press, which is the Settings default. Single
press is also available. See "Quick Keys" on page 54 and "Keypad Shortcuts" on page 82 for details.
NNOTE: Names, addresses and other customer-related information displayed in screen examples were created for
demonstration purposes in this manual. No actual customer information is included.
Handheld Configuration
The handheld can be ordered with configurations that meet the needs of the utility. For details, see "Configuration Options"
on page 83.
For utilities deploying mixed ORION ME and CE systems, an external mobile receiver or transceiver can be added. See
"Connecting an External Mobile Transceiver or Receiver" on page 84.
Product Unpacking and Inspection
Upon opening the shipping container, visually inspect the product and applicable accessories for any physical damage such
as scratches, loose or broken parts, or any other sign of damage that may have occurred during shipment.
NNOTE: If damage is found, request an inspection by the carrier’s agent within 48 hours of delivery and file a claim with the
carrier. A claim for equipment damage in transit is the sole responsibility of the purchaser.
License Requirements
Trimble Ranger handhelds with internal or external ORION Migratable (ME) transceivers comply with Part 15 of FCC Rules.
Operation is subject to the following conditions: (1) The ORION meter reading systems may not cause harmful interference,
and (2) the ORION meter reading systems must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause
undesired operation.
In accordance with FCC Regulations, “Code of Federal Regulations” Title 47, Part 2, Subpart J, Section 1091, endpoints pass
the requirements pertaining to RF radiation exposure. However, to avoid public exposure in excess of limits for general
population (uncontrolled exposure), a 20 centimeter distance between the mobile device and the body of the user must be
maintained during operation.
No FCC license is required by a utility to operate an ORION meter reading system.
ORION meter reading systems comply with Industry Canada license-exempt RSS standard(s). Operation is subject to the
following two conditions: (1) they may not cause interference, and (2) they must accept any interference, including
interference that may cause undesired operation of the device.
Le présent appareil est conforme aux CNR d'Industrie Canada applicables aux appareils radio exempts de licence.
L'exploitation est autorisée aux deux conditions suivantes: (1) l'appareil ne doit pas produire de brouillage, et (2) l'utilisateur
de l'appareil doit accepter tout brouillage radioélectrique subi, même si le brouillage est susceptible d'en compromettre
le fonctionnement.
Any changes made, but not approved by Badger Meter, can void the user's authority to operate the equipment.
IIMPORTAN
Before using the handheld for the first time, see "Initial Setup" on page 66 to ensure that the battery is charged and the
device is set up correctly.
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Getting started
GETTING STARTED
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Initial startup
INITIAL STARTUP
Before using the handheld for the first time, see "Initial Setup" on page 66 to ensure that the device is set up correctly and
the battery is charged.
NNOTE: In addition to the keypad/keyboard, the handheld has a touch screen. Use the stylus to navigate and select objects
on the touch screen or simply touch the screen with your finger. For complete information, see "Using the Touch
Screen" on page 71.
SOFTWARE SECURITY MODES
The Trimble Ranger 3 handheld can operate in one of two modes:
•
Admin mode gives full-use access to all the software loaded on the handheld. In this mode, battery life may be
affected if applications such as Internet services and email are running.
•
Kiosk mode gives access to Badger Meter software, with date and time changes only. After the software
installation is complete, the Kiosk mode application is located in the My Documents folder as shown below and
can be activated from that location. Tapping the file immediately installs Kiosk mode and requires a password
security code to uninstall.
To be able to use the barcode scanner while in Kiosk mode, the shortcut button for using the scanner must
be set while in Admin mode, before changing to Kiosk mode. See "Barcode Scanner" on page 73 for
additional information.
Figure 1: My Documents folder
NNOTE: The software security mode is set at the time of order. If the software security mode needs to be changed, contact
Badger Meter Technical Support.
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Program startup and exit
PROGRAM STARTUP AND EXIT
1. Press the green power key on the keypad to turn on the handheld.
2. On the home screen, tap the Windows® Start
button in the lower left corner of the navigation bar
at the bottom of the screen.
Result: In Admin mode, the program icons display as
shown in Figure 3.
If the handheld is in Kiosk mode, skip to step 5.
For more information about Kiosk mode, see "Software
Security Modes" on page 8.
Tap
Windows Start
Figure 2: Windows home
3. Tap the folder labeled Badger Meter Applications.
NNOTE: To rearrange icons on the screen, touch,
hold and drag the icon, then release it in the
location you prefer.
Figure 3: Badger Field Applications folder
NNOTE: Badger Meter Applications includes a
suite of meter reading software products.
This manual includes descriptions and
instructions for using the ORION Field
Application software.
4. Tap the ORION Field Application icon.
Result: The Verify Date and Time screen opens. See
Figure 6.
Figure 4: ORION Field Application
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Program startup and exit
NNOTE: The first time you access the software,
the License Agreement screen opens
automatically.
The License Agreement must be accepted
by an authorized representative of the
customer/licensee.
Read the software license agreement and
tap I Accept.
The License Agreement screen closes
automatically. To see the License Agreement
at any time, tap the Menu button that
displays in the navigation bar at the bottom
of the screen after login.
Figure 5: Accept license agreement
5. Verify the date and time shown on the screen. The
time continually updates on this screen.
NNOTE: The date and time on the handheld must
be accurate to ensure communication with
ORION endpoints.
If the date and time are correct, tap Ok and
continue to step 8.
If the date or time need to be adjusted, tap
Change Time.
Result: A screen displays as shown in Figure 7 for
correcting the date and/or time.
Figure 6: Verify date, time
6. Tap the arrows to make changes to the date, time
and/or time zone as needed. Then tap OK.
Result: The Clock & Alarms screen closes and the
Windows home screen is displayed.
7. Go back to step 2 and restart the application.
Figure 7: Adjust time zone, date, time
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Program startup and exit
8. Once the time and date are verified, the ORION Field
Application main menu opens.
NNOTE: A route must be loaded to begin reading
meters. See "Loading and Unloading with
Memory stick" on page 92.
Exiting the Software
Tap the Exit button in the navigation bar at the bottom of
the screen to exit the ORION Field Application software.
Figure 8: ORION Field Application main menu
Title Bar - Battery Status
In addition to the name of the software, the selected
function, the color of the title bar on the software screens
indicates battery charging status.
•
Green = > 70%
charged
•
Yellow = 40…70%
charged
•
Red = < 40%
charged
•
Blue = handheld is
recharging
Figure 9: Title bar with battery status
Tap the title bar to view the battery status. In Figure 9, the
battery is fully charged – 100%.
Navigation Bar
Buttons that help navigate the software are shown in the bar
at the bottom of the screen. The buttons that display depend
on the software function on the screen. In Figure 10, the
Menu and Exit buttons are displayed. The Windows Start
button, which gives you access to the main Windows menu,
is visible on every screen.
Figure 10: Navigation bar
Onscreen Keyboard
The center icon at the bottom of the ORION Field Application
screens opens the onscreen keyboard as shown in Figure 11.
The onscreen keyboard can be used to enter information as
an alternative to using the handheld keypad. Tap the icon to
open the keyboard. Tap the icon again to close the keyboard.
Figure 11: Onscreen keyboard
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Main menu
MAIN MENU
The main menu is the starting point for all ORION Field Application operations.
Figure 12: Main menu
Read Route
Tap Read Route to begin reading meters. This selection is not active if a route is not loaded.
Load/Unload
Load a route from a memory stick to the handheld or unload a completed route from the
handheld to a memory stick. See "Loading and Unloading with Memory stick" on page 92 for
complete information.
Route File Management
Unarchive and make previously unloaded route data available on the handheld. For complete
information, see "Route File Management" on page 45.
Versa Probe Quick Read
Perform a VersaProbe Quick Read when a route is not loaded. See "Versa Probe Quick Read"
on page 47.
NNOTE: This option will only display on the main menu if the VersaProbe is configured in
Settings> Hardware Options. See "VersaProbe Touch Pad Reads" on page 19.
Settings
Set user preferences and options for meter reading and route processing, and set the
communication (COM) ports for any equipment attached to the handheld. “Limited
Functionality“ refers to settings for users who are not currently using the BEACON® AMA
software suite. For complete information, see "Settings" on page 49.
NNOTE: For utilities deploying mixed ORION ME and CE systems, an external mobile receiver
or transceiver can be added to the handheld for route reading. See "Connecting
an External Mobile Transceiver or Receiver" on page 84 and "Hardware Options"
on page 50.
Tap to select a menu option.
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USER GUIDE
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Reading meters
READING METERS
IIMPORTAN
The COM port(s) must be set correctly for the handheld and the ORION Field Application software to operate correctly.
Go to Settings from the software main menu to check the COM port settings and set your user preferences before route
reading. See "Settings" on page 49 for complete instructions.
Choose Read Route from the main menu to begin meter reading.
NNOTE: If “No route available“ displays for Read Route, see "Load/Unload" on page 44.
Login
1. From the ORION Field Application main menu, tap
Read Route.
Result: The PIN login screen displays.
Figure 13: Main menu Read Route
2. Enter a three…seven character personal
identification number (PIN) using the handheld
keypad.
NNOTE: The PIN must be entered by an authorized
representative of the customer/licensee.
The PIN is user defined and can be a name,
initials, an ID number or other information.
The first three characters are passed back
to the reading data management software.
3. Tap OK or press ENTER on the keypad.
NNOTE: If an invalid PIN is entered, the OK button
will not activate. Re-enter a valid PIN and
tap OK or press ENTER.
Figure 14: Enter PIN 
Result: When a valid PIN is entered, the account read screen displays with the first account in the route.
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Account Read Screen
When a route opens, the account read screen is the main screen that displays during meter reading. It shows account
information, including customer information and the meter reading. Information and features available on the screen are
shown in Figure 15, Figure 16 and Figure 17, here and on the next two pages.
Account information
display fields
Status field
Green
check mark
indicates
read
received
Reading
field
Figure 15: Account read screen – information fields
Display fields
Account information is listed and displayed, line-by-line, in the center of the screen. The meter
technology type for the account is shown here if configured in Settings. Scroll to see all configured
display fields.
Status field
Status and route information icons for the account display in the area of the screen below the
account information. If an icon is displayed, tap the icon to see the condition or information it
represents. For a complete list of all icons, see "Account Status Icons" on page 88. The field is blank
when there is no alert or information.
Reading field
The meter reading field is located near the bottom of the screen, below the status field. A green
check mark displays next to the field when a reading has been received or a manual read is entered.
If the account has a tamper, the word “Tamper” displays in the reading field.
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Reading meters
Reading
hardware
configured
and available
To Reader message icon
From Reader message icon
Data entry
direction
View or create
Messages
Onscreen keyboard
Reading hardware
Work items
pending
Figure 16: Account read screen – additional features
Reading hardware configured for the handheld is represented by an icon in the title bar of the
screen. In Figure 16, the M icon indicates the ORION Migratable technology is configured and the
radio is on. If the icon has a slash through it
, the radio is off. Tap the icon to reconnect.
Other options are C for ORION Classic technology and VP for VersaProbe technology. See "Valid COM
Ports" on page 89.
NNOTE: Make sure hardware is correctly configured and the COM port is set to ensure the icon will
display and the software application will work properly.
Data entry
direction
Before a reading is received, an arrow displays to the right of the reading field as shown in Figure
16. Tap the arrow to change the data entry direction. A left pointing arrow (<) indicates left-to-right
data entry. A right pointing arrow (>) indicates right-to-left data entry. You can also choose the data
entry direction in Settings. See "Reading Entry Directions" on page 55 for more information.
NNOTE: Gas meter readings are often entered right to left in the reading field.
Messages button
The Messages button displays below the reading field. It is used to create or view Reader codes,
Trouble codes or Comments for the account. If a message exists for the account, a message icon
displays in the same field as the status icons. The direction and color indicate if the message is
TO the reader for FROM the reader, as shown in Figure 16. To read or create a message, tap the
Messages button. See "Reader Codes, Trouble Codes, Comments" on page 23.
Work Items button
The Work Items button displays next to the Messages button for accounts with ORION Migratable
endpoints (and Fixed Network endpoints in mobile mode). The button color indicates the Work
Items status. For additional information, see "Work Items" on page 25.
Onscreen keyboard The keyboard icon displays in the navigation bar of the software screens. Tap the icon to open and
close the onscreen keyboard that can be used instead of the handheld keypad for text entry.
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Tap title
bar to see
battery
strength
Auto Advance
(partially hidden by
Menu) signifies Auto
navigation mode
Navigate
to previous
account
Navigate
to next
account
Account
menu opens
when you
tap Menu
Windows
Start
Access account
menu
Figure 17: Account read screen – status and navigation
Return to ORION Field Application
main menu
Navigation
mode
To navigate through accounts in the route file, the meter reader can toggle from Manual to Auto
navigation by pressing AA on the keypad. “Auto Advance“ displays in the title bar when the route is in
Auto mode as shown in Figure 17. If “Auto Advance“ is not displayed, the route is in Manual mode. See
"Auto and Manual Route Navigation" on page 20 for more information.
Battery
strength
Tap the title bar to view the handheld battery status. In Figure 17, the battery is 93% charged. See "Title
Bar - Battery Status" on page 11 for more information.
Previous / Next
Navigation buttons display on the left and right sides of the screen. Tap the left arrow to go back to
the previous account in the route file. Tap the right arrow to go to the next account in the route file.
Navigation buttons can be used in both Manual or Auto navigation mode.
Windows Start
Displays the Windows Start screen. Tap Windows Start to access other applications on the handheld.
Menu button
Tap the Menu button to display a popup menu of available options for the account.
Search: Find accounts using various criteria. For complete instructions, see "Search" on page 32.
Clear Reading: Erase the reading for the current account. See"Manual Reads" on page 18.
Select Route: See all routes loaded on the handheld. Also, use this option to mark a route complete. See
"Mark Route Complete" on page 22.
Progress: A summary of progress for the current route or all the routes loaded on the handheld. See
"Route Progress" on page 21 for additional information.
Quick Read: Perform a Quick Read for any ORION endpoints within range that have reading hardware
configured on the handheld. See"Quick Read" on page 42 for additional information.
Home button
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When selected, the Home button closes route reading and navigates back to the ORION Field Application
main menu.
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Capturing Meter Readings
The ORION Field Application captures meter readings in one of three ways:
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ORION radio (RF) read
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Manually keyed read
•
VersaProbe touch pad read
Figure 18: Reading display field
When the reading is captured, the reading displays on the account read screen. If the meter reading is high or low, the
handheld sounds an alarm, displays the condition and may or may not request further action depending on the Settings.
ORION RF Reads
When an ORION endpoint sends a reading, one of several results can occur.
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The handheld receives a transmission and stores the reading. If the meter was displayed on the screen, the display
advances to the next customer account record (Auto navigation mode).
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The handheld receives a transmission that reports an alert such as a tamper or a potential leak. For a potential leak,
the handheld logs the condition and stores a read. For a tamper, the handheld sounds an audible alert and prompts
you to process the tamper before advancing to the next account. See "Tamper Processing" on page 21.
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No transmission is received from the ORION endpoint. Common reasons for not receiving a reading include:
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Incorrect endpoint serial number.
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Handheld is out of range of the endpoint.
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Endpoint has not been started.
•
Handheld time and/or date is not correct
•
Endpoint serial number is not loaded into
the handheld.
•
The line of sight between the handheld and the
endpoint is obstructed.
Try moving closer to the meter or tap the right arrow on the account read screen to skip the meter and go to the
next account.
Manual Reads
The handheld can read ORION endpoints and touch pads,
and collect manual reads. If the route contains a mix of
meters, the handheld always stops at a manual or touch
account to allow a meter reading when in Auto mode.
To enter a manual read
1. Tap the Reading field to activate it.
2. Use the keypad to type the reading value.
3. Press ENTER on the keypad to store the reading.
Result: The software accepts the read and advances to
the next account.
NNOTE: If the meter reading is high or low, or has an
exception condition, the handheld sounds an alarm,
displays the condition and requests further action
Figure 19: Clear Reading
depending on Settings.
4. To clear and re-enter a reading, tap Menu> Clear Reading (Figure 19).
5. Tap Yes to confirm.
6. Tap the Reading field again, enter the new read and press ENTER on the keypad.
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VersaProbe Touch Pad Reads
Before performing a VersaProbe touch pad read, make sure the VersaProbe battery is charged. Then follow these steps to add
the VersaProbe and set the COM port.
Configuring the VersaProbe COM Port
1. Connect the VersaProbe to the serial port on the bottom of the handheld. The VersaProbe can also be connected via
Bluetooth. See "Using VersaProbe with Bluetooth" on page 94 for additional information.
2. From the ORION Field Application main menu, tap Settings> Hardware Options.
Result: The Hardware Options screen opens.
3. Tap Add Device to open the selection screen.
4. Select Type> Badger Touch.
5. If the VersaProbe is connected using the
serial port at the bottom of the handheld, tap
Port> COM1.
If the VersaProbe is connected via Bluetooth, tap
the appropriate COM port for the VersaProbe
Bluetooth connection.
Result: “Badger Touch“ and the COM port displays in
the list on the Hardware Options screen.
Figure 20: VersaProbe COM port set
NNOTE: For a list of valid COM ports, see "Valid COM Ports" on page 89.
Capturing a VersaProbe Reading
1. Access the VersaProbe account in the route file.
2. Align the end of the VersaProbe wand with the touch pad.
3. Squeeze and release the trigger to capture the reading.
Result: The reading is passed to the handheld and stored in the account record.
NNOTE: If the VersaProbe is connected via Bluetooth, the VP icon on the account read screen becomes an active
button. Tap the VP button to reconnect if the Bluetooth connection initially fails.
In addition to capturing a VersaProbe read as part of a route, you can perform a VersaProbe Quick Read. For more information,
see "Versa Probe Quick Read" on page 47.
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Auto and Manual Route Navigation
Choose Auto or Manual mode when reading routes to navigate to the next account.
Auto Mode
Manual Mode
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Automatically goes to the next unread account when
the software hears a radio read for the displayed
account or a manual read is entered.
•
Displays each account in reading sequence and moves
to the next account when you navigate via onscreen
arrows or quick key, or input a manual read and press
ENTER on the keypad.
•
Previous and next navigation is active and can be used
to advance to the next unread account.
•
Navigation is required. In Manual mode, accounts with
and without a read are displayed.
To toggle between Auto and Manual mode, follow
these steps.
1. From an account, press AA key on the keypad.
Result: The words “Auto Advance” appear in the title
bar of the screen to indicate the handheld is operating
in Auto mode.
2. To return to Manual mode, press AA key again.
Result: The words “Auto Advance” no longer display in
the title bar of the screen. Manual mode is active.
Navigate
to
previous
account
Navigate
to next
account
Figure 21: Auto mode
Regardless of which mode is active, reads are applied to the appropriate accounts as they are received. The handheld accepts
the read, beeps and stores the read data.
Bookmark an Account
The software allows you to bookmark an account, making the account searchable and easier to find later.
To bookmark an account, press the B key twice (BB) or press
Fn + B on the keypad while on the account read screen. A
bookmark icon
displays in the status field on the account
read screen as shown in Figure 22.
NNOTE: To clear a bookmark, press BB on the keypad again
while on the account read screen.
Search Bookmarked Accounts
Accounts that have been bookmarked can be searched.
See "Search" on page 32 for complete information on
searching accounts.
Figure 22: Bookmarked account
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Route Progress
1. On the account read screen, tap Menu> Progress to see a summary of meter information for the routes loaded on
the handheld.
2. Tap the Menu button on the Progress screen to see a list of all loaded routes (Figure 23). Then tap a route to see a
summary for the selected route only.
•
To see details of any exception statuses reported, tap Details.
•
To bring up the Search screen with a list of accounts, double tap the field. Select an account on the Search screen
to go directly to the account read screen. For example, double tap Remaining to see a list of accounts that have
not been completed, or double tap Tampers to see a list of accounts that are reporting a tamper.
Figure 23: Tap Menu to see all routes
Figure 24: Tap Details
3. Tap Back to return to the account read screen.
Tamper Processing
Whenever a potential tamper is detected, the Tamper Processing screen displays. The type of tamper displays at the top of the
screen. Figure 25 shows an “Endpoint Tamper.“
To bypass the Tamper Processing screen, tap Cancel.
To see the screen again, tap the word “Tamper“ that displays
in the Reading field on the account screen.
(Optional) To process the tamper, follow these steps.
1. On the Tamper Processing screen, enter a reading in
the Reading field and/or tap Trouble Code to enter a
Trouble Code related to the tamper.
NNOTE: For more information about Trouble Codes,
see "Reader Codes, Trouble Codes, Comments"
on page 23.
Figure 25: Tamper processing
2. Tap OK.
Result: Your entries are accepted. The screen closes and the next account is displayed. The tamper flag will be sent back to
RDMS with the route unload information.
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Mark Route Complete
The Select Route option displays all routes loaded on the handheld and gives you the option to mark a route “complete.“
To mark a route complete, follow steps 1 - 4.
1.
2.
3.
4.
From the account read screen, tap Menu> Select Route.
Tap to select a route.
Tap the Mark As Complete button.
On the confirmation screen, tap Yes to confirm.
as in Figure 27.
Result: The route you selected is shown with a check mark
Figure 26: Menu> Select Route
Figure 27: Route marked complete
To remove the route complete mark, follow steps 5 - 7.
5. To remove the complete mark, tap Remove Mark as Complete.
6. On the confirmation screen, tap Yes to clear the mark.
is removed from the route.
Result: The check mark
7. Tap Close to return to the account read screen.
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Reader Codes, Trouble Codes, Comments
The Messages button on the account read screen is used to create and view messages related to the account. Messages
include Reader Codes, Trouble Codes and Comments. Tap the Messages button on the account read screen to display the
Messaging screen as shown in Figure 28.
Add, edit and delete Reader Codes, Trouble Codes or text
messages on the Messaging screen.
•
Reader Codes are predefined messages from RDMS
that are used for nonemergency situations. One or
more Reader Codes can be added to an account.
•
Trouble Codes are predefined urgent messages
from RDMS. Only one Trouble Code can be added
to an account.
•
Comments are text messages that can be created
by the meter reader when a Reader or Trouble Code
does not fit the situation. Text messages can be
alphanumeric with up to 140 characters.
Figure 28: Messaging screen
Add a Message
1. Tap the Messages button on the account read screen to open the Messaging screen.
2. On the Messaging screen, tap the Add/Edit button.
3. Tap the radio button for Reader Code, Trouble Code or Comment to select the type of message.
Result: One of the following screens displays, depending on the type of code or message selected. The title bar of the screen
displays the selection.
Figure 29: Reader codes, Trouble codes, Comments
•
To add a Reader or Trouble Code, tap to select the
code. Then tap Save.
Result: The selected code displays on the Messaging
screen (Figure 30).
•
To add a Comment, tap in the blank field and type a
comment using the keypad. Then tap Save.
Result: The Comment displays on the Messaging screen
(Figure 30).
NNOTE: Add additional Reader Codes, as needed, by
tapping the Add/Edit button again. However,
only one Trouble Code or Comment can be added.
Figure 30: Messaging screen
4. Tap OK to return to the account read screen. The message icon
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Edit a Message
1. Tap the Messages button on the account read
screen to open the Messaging screen.
2. On the Messaging screen, tap the code or comment
you want to change.
Result: The Edit screen opens for the code or comment
you selected.
3. Choose another code or edit the comment,
as needed.
4. Tap Save.
Result: Changes are reflected on the Messaging screen.
5. Tap OK to return to the account read screen.
Figure 31: Edit message screen
Delete a Message
1. Tap the Messages button on the account read
screen to open the Messaging screen.
2. On the Messaging screen, tap the X next to the
code/comment you want to delete
or
tap Delete All to remove all codes/comment.
Result: A screen opens, asking you to confirm
the deletion.
3. Tap Yes to remove the codes/comment.
4. Tap OK to return to the account read screen.
NNOTE: The message icon
will no longer display if
you delete all codes/comment.
Figure 32: Edit message screen
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WORK ITEMS
The account read screen for an ORION Migratable endpoint
includes a Work Items button.
The Work Items button provides access to the two-way
communication functionality of the endpoint through which
work items are collected.
Work items are used to collect extended status, historical
interval data and/or endpoint firmware version from the
ORION Migratable endpoints on the route.
Figure 33: Account read screen with pending Work Items
The button color indicates the work items status. If work items are not assigned in RDMS, the Work Items button is blue
(Figure 34). If work items are assigned in RDMS but not completed, the Work Items button is yellow (Figure 35). After a reading
is received and work items are complete, the button is green (Figure 36).
Figure 34: Work items not assigned
Figure 35: Work items assigned and
pending
Figure 36: Work items complete
Work Items File
Work items are collected as part of the route. The information collected is stored with the route reading information and sent
back to RDMS in the UNLOAD folder.
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Work Items Screen
Tap the Work Items button on the account read screen to display the Work Items screen. The screen has three options:
•
Extended Status
•
Firmware Version
•
Historical Interval Data
Figure 37: Work Items screen
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Requesting Extended Status Manually
Extended status is additional information programmed into an endpoint, including meter type and size, unit of measure and
encoder type, as well as exception statuses, such as tamper and no usage. Perform the following steps to manually initiate a
request for extended status from an ORION Migratable (or Fixed Network in mobile mode) endpoint.
1. Tap the Work Items button on the account read
screen for an ORION ME account.
Result: The Work Items screen opens.
NNOTE: If a work item was set in RDMS to be
performed automatically, the message
says “Assigned” and the Collect button is
inactive.
2. Tap to select Extended Status. Then tap Collect.
Figure 38: Extended status
Result: “In Process” displays next to the Extended Status field as data collection begins. See Figure 39.
”Complete“ displays when data collection is finished and the View button becomes active. See Figure 40.
Figure 39: In process
Figure 40: Complete
3. Tap View.
Result: The Extended Status screen displays with the
details of the selected account.
4. Tap Close to return to the Work Items screen.
5. Tap Close to return to the account read screen.
Figure 41: Extended status details
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Requesting Firmware Version Manually
Perform the following steps to manually initiate a request for the endpoint firmware version from an ORION Migratable (or
Fixed Network in mobile mode) endpoint.
1. Tap the Work Items button on the account read
screen for an ORION ME account.
Result: The Work Items screen opens.
NNOTE: If a work item is set to be performed
automatically, the message says “Assigned”
and the Collect button is inactive.
Figure 42: Extended status
2. Tap to select Firmware Version. Then tap Collect.
Result: ”In Process“ displays next to the Firmware Version field as data collection begins. See Figure 43.
”Complete“ displays when data collection is finished and the View button becomes active. See Figure 44.
Figure 43: In process
Figure 44: Complete
3. Tap View.
Result: The Firmware Version screen displays with the
endpoint firmware version of the selected account.
4. Tap Ok to return to the Work Items screen.
5. Tap Close to return to the account read screen.
Figure 45: Firmware version results
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Historical Interval Data
The ORION Field Application software is capable of extracting historical profile data from an ORION Migratable endpoint at
the following intervals:
7 days (Week)
14 days (Two weeks)
30 days (One month)
60 days (Two months)
(Shorter months include extra days of readings, up to 30)
All readings stored in the endpoint
(Up to 90 days of hourly readings or 2160 reads)
This chart shows the number of readings collected for meters set at 60 minute (hourly) intervals and at 15 minute (quarter
hourly) intervals:
Available Profile Data
Extraction Intervals
Hourly Reads:
1 Read per Hour
24 Reads per Day
15 Minute Reads:
4 Reads per Hour
96 Reads per Day
7 days
168 reads (24 x 7)
672 (96 x 7)
14 days
336 reads (24 x 14)
1344 (96 x 14)
30 days
720 reads (24 x 30)
2160 (96 x 22.5)
60 days
1440 reads (24 x 60)
2160 (96 x 22.5)
All/90 days
2160 reads (24 x 90)
2160 reads (96 x 22.5)
NNOTE: The ORION Migratable endpoint (or Fixed Network in mobile mode) is capable of holding up to 90 days of hourly
interval data, or 2160 hourly reads. If the account is set up to read every 15 minutes – 4 readings per hour –
the data extracted reflects four (4) readings per hour and reaches the maximum 2160 reads in 22.5 days
(90 days / 4 = 22.5 days).
Requesting Historical Interval Data Manually
If a work item was not assigned by the reading data management operator, you can manually initiate a request for the
historical interval data from the current ORION Migratable or Fixed Network (mobile mode) endpoint by performing the
following steps.
1. Tap the Work Items button on the account read
screen for an ORION ME account.
Result: The Work Items screen opens.
NNOTE: If a work item is set to be performed
automatically, the message says “Assigned“
and the Collect button is inactive.
Figure 46: Historical Interval Data
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2. Tap Historical Interval Data.
Result: The Select Days to Collect screen opens.
3. Tap the number of days of historical interval data to
collect: 7, 14, 30, 60 or All. Then tap Select.
Figure 47: Days to Collect
4. (If not selected in RDMS) The software auto-detects the encoder type and displays the appropriate test circle screen.
Use the scroll bar to navigate through the list. Tap to select the meter read resolution for the account.
Figure 48: Select the test circle
5. Tap Select.
Result: The historical data collection process starts
automatically. You do not need to tap Collect.
”In Process“ is shown on the Work Items screen next to
the Historical Interval Data field. See Figure 49.
Figure 49: Historical data extraction started
As the data is requested and extracted from the endpoint, a progress bar displays as shown in Figure 50.
”Complete“ displays when the historical interval data collection is finished and the View button becomes active.
See Figure 51.
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NNOTE: If you receive an error before the process completes, change your position and try collecting the data again.
Figure 50: Data collection ”In Process“
Figure 51: Data collection ”Complete“
6. Tap View.
Result: The Historical Interval Data screen displays with the endpoint historical data for the number of days selected.
•
Date/Time: The start and end dates and times
of the data extraction.
•
Interval: 60 or 15 minutes, depending on
whether the endpoint is set to read every 60
minutes (hourly) or every 15 minutes.
•
Quantity: The number of reads extracted.
•
Status Indicators: Any alerts found for the
period selected.
7. Tap Ok to return to the Work Items screen.
8. Tap Close to return to the account read screen.
Figure 52: Historical profile data results
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Search
SEARCH
The Search screen provides multiple ways to search accounts in the route file(s) loaded on the handheld. The Search function
is available during route reading.
On the account read screen, tap Menu> Search to access
the Search screen as shown in Figure 53.
Figure 53: Select Menu> Search
Change View Type
Clear information
on the screen
Save a search
Change Search By
criteria
Delete Search By
criteria
Add Search By
criteria
Initiate the search
Close Search screen
Access Windows Start menu
Figure 54: Search screen default setting
Search Screen Fields
Save
Used to create and save a frequently used search.
View Type Grid, List, Paged
The view type button (between Save and Reset) toggles between Grid, List and Paged view. Tap to
select the view. For details, see "Search View Type" on page 33.
Reset
Clears the search information on the screen.
NNOTE: To clear information in an individual field, Tap the field and press the CLEAR button on the
handheld keypad.
Select Criteria
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The criteria for searching the accounts in the route file. To see a list of the criteria, see "Search Criteria"
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Search View Type
On the Search screen, tap the view type button (between Save
and Reset) to select Grid, List or Paged. This selection determines
how the search results will display. Choose the view you prefer, or
change the view type to see your search results in different views.
Pictured below are examples of the same results in the three view
types for a search of Last Name that contain the letters "ri."
Figure 55: View type button
NNOTE: In all three views, the accounts display in
the order they appear in the route.
Grid View: The Grid view displays account
information in a table or grid format.
When the screen opens, the columns are
distributed evenly. To resize and display more
or less information in a column, use the stylus
to drag a column header. Scroll to see all
the accounts.
NNOTE: The Grid view shows the most account
information per screen.
Figure 56: Grid view
List View: In List view, accounts are shown in a
list as in Figure 57. The endpoint type and serial
number is followed by the remaining account
information.
Scroll to see all the accounts in the list.
NNOTE: A green check mark indicates a read has
been received for the account.
Figure 57: List view
Paged View: In Paged view, each account
displays on a separate ”page“ and the number of
accounts are shown at the top as ”x of xx“.
To view complete information, tap Select. To see
another account page in the search, tap Next.
Tap Previous to return to an account page that
was already displayed.
Figure 58: Paged view
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Search Criteria
Tap Search Criteria or tap the Search By field to see a list of search criteria.
Figure 59: Criteria to search by
Account field labels sent from RDMS and displayed on the account read screen will also display in the Search By criteria. For
example, if the Endpoint Serial # is shown on the account read screen, ”Endpoint Serial #“ will display in the Search By list.
The criteria listed below are included in the Search By feature.
Bookmarked
Search accounts that were previously bookmarked. For more information, see "Capturing Meter
Readings" on page 18.
Exception
Search accounts with exception conditions such as leak, low battery, etc. If Exception is selected as the
Search criteria, a list of Exceptions becomes available to select from.
Reader Code
Search for accounts tagged with a Reader code. If Reader Code is selected as the Search criteria, a list
of Reader codes becomes available to select from.
Route
Allows you to navigate to an account in another route when there is more than one route loaded.
Skipped
Search for accounts that have been skipped, which allows the meter reader to return and perform
additional actions for those meters.
Trouble Code
Search for accounts tagged with a Trouble code. If Trouble Code is selected as the Search criteria, a list
of Trouble codes becomes available to select from.
Unread
Search for unread accounts.
Sequence #
Search by sequence number.
Street Name
Search for accounts by street name.
Meter Serial #
Allows you to enter a specific meter serial number or part of a number.
Endpoint Serial #
Allows you to enter a specific endpoint serial number or part of a number.
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How to Search
You can search for an account in the route using any of the criteria in the Search By field and display the results in three
different ways. All accounts loaded on the handheld are searchable.
1. From the account read screen, tap Menu> Search
or press SS on the keypad.
Result: The Search screen displays as shown in
Figure 60.
Figure 60: Search
2. Tap the view type button and select Grid, List or
Paged view for the search results. See "Search View
Type" on page 33 to see an example of the view
type options.
Result: The Search screen shows the view type
you selected.
Figure 61: Address search
3. Tap Select Criteria to view the list of search criteria
and make a selection.
NNOTE: If this is not the initial search, the screen
will default to the last search criteria or the
most selected search criteria.
Figure 62: Search screen
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4.
Depending on your search criteria, additional fields display as in the example shown in Figure 63.
Operator: Tap to select an option: Contains, Starts With or Ends With.
Value: Tap the field to enter a valid value for the search criteria selected.
Invalid Value:
If you do not enter a valid value and you tap
Search, a message displays to alert you that the
Search ”contains invalid entries.“ Tap Ok on the
message screen to return to the Search screen. The
Value field with the invalid information displays in
red as shown in Figure 63.
Enter a valid search value and tap Search again.
Figure 63: Invalid value
In this example, the search is for accounts with a Last Name that Contains the letters ”hi“ and the results are to be
displayed in Grid view type.
Figure 64: Search by Last Name
Figure 65: Search results grid view
5. Tap Search.
Result: Accounts with Last Names that contain ”hi“ are shown in Figure 65.
6. To view the account read screen for any of the accounts in the search results, tap to highlight an account and then
tap Select.
Result: The account read screen for the selected account opens.
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Figure 66: Selected account
Figure 67: Account read screen menu
7. On the account read screen, tap Menu. Then tap Search in the menu that displays to return to the Search screen.
See .
NNOTE: If there are no results for your search, the No
Services Found screen displays.
Click Ok, change your criteria and search again.
Figure 68: No results
8. To perform another search, tap Close on the Search Results screen to return to the Search screen. Then tap the fields
to make any changes and tap Search.
9. To return to the account read screen, tap Close on the Search Results and Search screens.
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Exception Search
Using the Search function, you can find accounts with certain exception conditions. Symbols/icons that represent the
conditions and display on the screens are shown below. The definition of each exception condition depends on the meter and
encoder/endpoint type.
Encoder Error
Endpoint Programmed
Potential Leak
Reverse Flow
Endpoint low battery
Endpoint Tamper
No usage
NNOTE: To see a list of all status and route icons, go to "Account Status Icons" on page 88.
1. On the Search screen, tap the view type button and select List view for the search results.
NNOTE: Exception icons do not display in Grid or Paged view.
2. In the Search By field, select Exception.
3. Tap the Value field, and select an exception value, or select Any to search for accounts that have any of the searchable
exception values.
Figure 69: Search accounts with exceptions
Figure 70: Exception valid values
4. Tap Search.
Result: Accounts in the route with the exception value
you selected are displayed.
Accounts can have more than one exception.
NNOTE: A green check mark indicates a read has
been received for the account.
5. Tap Close to return to the Search screen.
Figure 71: Search results
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Search
Multiple Criteria Search
You can add Search Criteria to narrow your search and get to the results you need quickly. This option is useful when looking
for a specific account and there are multiple routes with multiple accounts loaded on the handheld.
1. Tap the first Search By field to select a search
criteria.
Enter a valid value for any additional fields that
display. See step 4 in "How to Search" on page 35
for more information.
2. Tap the plus sign to add a Search By field. Select up
to three fields, as shown in Figure 73.
Figure 72: Search criteria
3. Make sure to enter valid values for each search
criteria.
4. When all the Search By fields are complete,
tap Search.
Result: The search results display based on the criteria
you entered.
NNOTE: To remove a Search By field, tap the X next
to the field.
Figure 73: Three Search Criteria
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Search
Saving a Search
The software allows you to save a search. This option saves time for a search you perform frequently.
1. From the Read Menu, tap Search.
Figure 74: Search screen
2. Select the view type for the search results: Grid,
List, Paged.
3. Choose the Search By criteria.
Enter valid values for the Search By criteria. See
step 4 in "How to Search" on page 35 for
more information.
4. Tap the Save button.
5. You will be prompted to enter a name for the
search. Enter a descriptive name and tap Ok.
Result: The search is saved and the Select Saved
button displays on the Search screen.
Figure 75: Create the search
NNOTE: The Select Saved button will display each time you search until the saved search is deleted.
Figure 76: Name the Search
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Figure 77: Select Saved button
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Search
6. To search using a saved search, tap the Select Saved button.
Result: The Select Saved Search screen opens and displays a list of saved searches.
7. Tap the saved search you need.
Result: The saved search displays on the Search screen as shown in Figure 79.
Figure 78: Saved search list
Figure 79: Search screen with saved search
8. Tap Search.
NNOTE: The Select Saved button will display each time you search unless the saved searches are deleted.
Deleting Saved Searches
NNOTE: This procedure is not available in Kiosk mode.
1. On the Search screen, tap the Saved Search button.
2. On the screen that displays, tap the red X next to the search you want to delete.
Figure 80: Select Saved
Figure 81: Tap to select
3. When the confirmation window opens, tap Yes to confirm the deletion.
Result: The saved search is deleted and you are returned to the Search screen.
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Quick read
QUICK READ
While route reading, you can select Quick Read to listen for all ORION endpoints within radio range for which the handheld is
configured.
NNOTE: To perform a VersaProbe touch pad Quick Read, see "Versa Probe Quick Read" on page 47.
Readings received during a Quick Read will
automatically update the appropriate account in
the route.
NNOTE: If you are programming ORION endpoints
(v. route meter reading), exit the ORION
Field Application and use the ORION
Endpoint Utility software for Quick Reads.
Go to Badger Meter Applications>
ORION Endpoint Utility. See "Program
Startup and Exit" on page 9 if you
need help.
Figure 82: Account read screen menu - Quick Read
Performing a Quick Read
Quick Read-All
1. On the account read screen, tap the Menu button and select Quick Read.
Result: The ORION Quick Read-All screen opens.
Figure 84: Quick Read - Migratable and Classic
Figure 83: Quick Read - Migratable
The Quick Read starts automatically for the endpoint type(s) configured on the handheld. In Figure 83, the software is
reading Migratable endpoints. In Figure 84, the software is reading both Migratable and Classic endpoints.
2. Tap Reset to clear the screen and restart the Quick Read.
3. Tap the Back button to return to the account read screen.
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Quick read
Quick Read - Paged View
1. On the ORION Quick Read - All screen,
tap Paged. (The Paged button toggles
to List.)
Result: In Paged view (Figure 85), each
endpoint displays on a separate ”page“.
RSSI—a visual indicator of received signal
strength between the endpoint and the
handheld—also displays.
2. Tap Previous or Next to view
another endpoint.
3. Tap List to return to the ORION Quick
Read - All list view.
4. Tap Back to return to the account
read screen.
Figure 85: Paged view Quick Read
Quick Read Buttons
Description
Unq S/N
Check the box to display each unique endpoint serial number once. If the box is not checked, serial
numbers display multiple times.
Paged/List
Toggles between Paged and List. Tap Paged to see one endpoint per "page". Tap List to see a list
of all endpoints.
Reset
Clears the current screen.
Migratable
The Migratable button is selected when reading ORION Migratable endpoints.
Classic
The Classic button is selected when reading ORION Classic endpoints.
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Load/unload
LOAD/UNLOAD
The Load/Unload option from the ORION Field Application main menu is used for loading route files to the handheld or
unloading route files from the handheld.
Figure 86: Main menu: Load/Unload
Files are loaded to the handheld prior to route reading. For details, see "Loading and Unloading with Memory stick"
on page 92.
Wireless Load and Unload
The Trimble Ranger 3 supports wireless route load and unload procedures. For complete information, refer to the ReadCenter
Wireless Load/Unload, available at www.badgermeter.com.
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Route file management
ROUTE FILE MANAGEMENT
Choose Route File Management from the ORION Field Application main menu to manage route file(s) currently on the
handheld or previously loaded files.
Figure 87: Main menu: Route File Management
Route File Management includes two options: Unarchive Previous Unload and Clear Collected Data.
Unarchive Previous Unload
1. Go to Route File Management> Unarchive
Previous Unload to see a list of archived routes on
the handheld.
2. Tap to select a route you want to restore. Then
tap Ok.
Result: The route becomes available again.
Figure 88: Unarchive a route from the archive
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Route file management
Clear Collected Data
CLEAR COLLECTED DATA DELETES ALL ROUTE
INFORMATION. THE INFORMATION CANNOT BE
RECOVERED.
1. Go to Route File Management> Clear
Collected Data.
2. On the confirmation screen, tap Yes to clear all route
information.
Figure 89: Clear route data warning
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Versa probe quick read
VERSA PROBE QUICK READ
Choose Versa Probe Quick Read from the ORION Field Application main menu to perform a Quick Read on a touch pad
module using a VersaProbe device.
NNOTE: This option will only display on the main menu if the VersaProbe is first configured in Settings> Hardware Options.
See "VersaProbe Touch Pad Reads" on page 19 for instructions.
Figure 90: Main menu: Versa Probe Quick Read
A VersaProbe device can be connected to the handheld serial port or connected via Bluetooth.
NNOTE: For information about connecting the VersaProbe to the handheld via wireless Bluetooth connection, see "Set up the
VersaProbe Bluetooth Connection on the Handheld" on page 94.
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Versa probe quick read
Performing a VersaProbe Quick Read
To perform a Quick Read using the VersaProbe, follow these steps.
NNOTE: Before performing a VersaProbe Quick Read, the VersaProbe battery must be charged and the COM port settings
must be configured. See "VersaProbe Touch Pad Reads" on page 19 for additional information.
1. Tap VersaProbe Quick Read on the ORION Field
Application main menu.
Result: The VersaProbe screen opens as shown in
Figure 91.
Figure 91: VersaProbe Quick Read screen
2. Align the end of the VersaProbe with the touch pad.
Then squeeze and release the trigger to capture the
reading.
Result: The reading is displayed, along with the date
and time of the last read, as shown in Figure 92.
Multiple reads can be captured by repeating step 2.
•
Save: Tap to save the reading on the handheld.
To see the file, go to File Explorer> My Device>
Application Data> My Documents> ORION.
•
Clear: Tap to clear the readings on the screen.
Figure 92: Quick Read completed
3. Tap Back to return to the ORION Field Application main menu.
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Settings
SETTINGS
Choose Settings from the ORION Field Application main menu to select or change the COM ports, handheld settings and/or
user preferences associated with route reading.
Figure 93: Settings menu
The Settings menu options are listed here.
Enable BEACON AMA
Functionality
Associate the handheld with BEACON AMA software. This option is for BEACON AMA
users only.
Hardware Options
Add and remove hardware devices, and set communication (COM) ports for any
devices attached to the handheld.
IIMPORTAN
The COM port(s) must be set correctly for the handheld and software to
operate correctly.
Route Reading Options
Choose settings that customize route reading. This option has multiple selections
including settings that allow you to choose which items display on the screen, the
order they display and the size of the text.
Route Processing Options
Choose settings that configure route processing options such as high/low values,
skipped accounts and boundary alerts.
Data Transfer Options
Select the method by which you load and unload route files to and from the
handheld. This option is also used to assign a name to the handheld when FTP is used
to transfer data. See "Data Transfer Options" on page 60.
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Settings
Hardware Options
Figure 94: Settings: Hardware Options
Select Hardware Options from the Settings menu to view and change the communication (COM) ports for the handheld and
add or remove a device attached to the handheld.
Figure 95: Hardware Options screen
Hardware Options Defaults
The Hardware Options screen shows the following defaults, depending on the type of handheld.
•
Technology connected to the nine-pin serial port uses COM 1. The default shows the IR Head.
•
The built-in GPS on the handheld uses COM 2. GPS does not display if the handheld does not have internal GPS.
•
The internal technology on the handheld uses COM 7.
Reset Defaults
To quickly reset the factory default settings after making changes to Hardware Options, press the CLEAR key and respond Yes
when asked if you want to return to the default Hardware Options settings.
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Settings
Add Device
1. On the Hardware Options screen, tap Add Device.
Result: The Add Device screen opens.
2. Tap Type to see a list of device types. Then tap the
device you want to add.
Result: The device selected is displayed in the Type
field. The example in Figure 96 shows the ORION CE
Receiver was selected.
3. Tap Port to set the COM port for the device
you added in step 2.
Result: The COM port selected is displayed in the
Port field. The example in Figure 96 shows COM 1
was selected.
Figure 96: Device type and COM port selected
4. Tap the Save button.
Result: The Hardware Options screen displays showing
the device and COM port you added (Figure 97).
5. Tap Back to return to the Settings screen.
Figure 97: Device and COM port added
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Settings
Change Port
NNOTE: Adjustments to the COM ports should be made only with the assistance of Badger Meter Technical Support.
1. On the Hardware Options screen, tap to select the
hardware you want to change. Then tap
Change Port.
Result: The COM port selection screen opens. The title
bar shows the device you selected. In Figure 98, the
ORION CE Receiver was selected.
2. Tap to select the COM port from the list. The COM
port change is made automatically and displays on
the Hardware Options screen.
If you do not want to change the COM port, tap
Cancel to return to the Hardware Options screen.
3. Tap Back to return to the Settings screen.
Figure 98: Select type of device
Remove Device
Access Settings> Hardware Settings from the ORION Field Application main menu.
1. On the Hardware Options screen, tap to select a
device you want to remove. Then tap
Remove Device.
Result: A screen displays as shown in Figure 99, asking
for confirmation.
2. Tap Yes to remove the device. Tap No to return to
the Hardware Options screen.
Result: The device is removed from the list on the
Hardware Options screen.
3. Tap Back to return to the Settings screen.
Figure 99: Remove device
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Settings
Route Reading Options
Select Route Reading Options from the Settings menu to view and change the settings that customize route reading. Each
option is described in this section.
Figure 100: Route Reading Options
Comment Display Options
Tap Route Reading Options> Comment Display Options
to see the menu on the Comment Display Options screen.
The Comment Display Options screen allows you to choose
how alerts display during route reading.
Display messages from RDMS
When selected, the alert automatically displays in a popup
when navigating to an account that has an alert.
•
Auto Display Alert Code
•
Auto Display To Reader Message
Display for manual reads
When selected, the alert displays in a popup when the
condition occurs on an account with a manual reading.
•
Display No Usage Alert Dialog
•
Display Reverse Flow Alert Dialog
Figure 101: Comment Display Options
Tap the box next to the option to select it.
NNOTE: You can select any or all options.
Tap again to remove the check mark and deselect the option.
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Settings
Display Fields Options
Tap Route Reading Options> Display Fields Options to
see the menu on the Display Fields Options screen. The
screen has two options:
•
Customize Display Fields
•
Display Field Font Size
These options for customizing the account read screen are
available with BEACON AMA functionality only.
Tap Back to return to Route Reading Options.
Figure 102: Display Fields Options
Quick Keys
Tap Route Reading Options> Quick Keys to define the
number of times to press a key when using the keypad
Quick Key functions. Your selection displays on the Route
Reading Options screen.
For example, the S key on the keypad is used to select the
Search function. Choose Single Tap to press the S key once
to open the Search function. Choose Double Tap to press
the S key twice to open the Search function.
Tap Cancel to return to Route Reading Options without
making a change to Quick Keys.
NNOTE: Because the software defaults to double tap, all
instructions in this manual that describe using
quick keys recommend the default—“double tap.“
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Figure 103: Quick key options
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Settings
Reading Entry Directions
Tap Route Reading Options> Directions to customize the
direction of the reading entered for each service type.
Tap Back to return to Route Reading Options.
Figure 104: Choose reading entry direction
Show Gas Index Readings
Gas meter readings are typically displayed with
subcounts—the numbers to the right of the decimal point.
Tap Show Gas Index Readings to show gas readings
without subcounts. Tap again to remove the check mark
and deselect the option.
Tap Back to return to Route Reading Options.
Figure 105: Show gas reads without subcounts
Show Route Complete
Show Route Complete Messages is the last option on the
Route Reading Options screen.
To show a message for the meter reader when the readings
are complete in a route, tap the box next to Show Route
Complete Messages. Tap again to remove the check mark
and deselect the option.
Tap Back to return to Route Reading Options.
Figure 106: Show route complete messages
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Settings
Route Processing Options
Select Route Processing Options from the Settings menu to view and change the settings that impact route reading. Each
option is described in this section.
Figure 107: Route Processing Options
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Settings
High/Low Options
Tap Route Processing Options> High/Low Options to view or change the settings that affect high and low values for
accounts in the route.
NNOTE: This information is password protected.
Tap the box next to an option to select it. Tap again to
remove the check mark and deselect the option. The
descriptions below explain what occurs when an option
is selected.
Advance on High/Low In auto mode, the software
advances past accounts with
a high or low reading. A high
reading (higher than previous
readings) could indicate a leak
or unusual consumption. A low
reading (lower than previous
readings) might indicate a
tamper or meter malfunction.
Beep on High/Low
A “beep“ sounds when a high or
low reading is received.
Show High/Low
Values
The high/low values are shown
on the account read screen. If the
values are set NOT to display by
the RDMS operator, changing the
option on this screen does not
affect the setting.
High/Low Inclusive
The high and low values will
signal a High/Low.
Show Previous Read
When selected, the most recent
reading in RDMS is shown on the
account read screen.
Figure 108: High and low options
Manual Entry Exception Processing
Tap Manual Entry Exception Processing to select one of three choices that affect a manual read when it is entered for
an account.
Accept Reading
Reading is accepted as entered.
Requires Confirmation
Requires you to confirm the reading after entry.
Requires Reentry
Requires you to enter the reading again.
The option you choose displays on the High/Low Options screen as shown in Figure 108.
Tap Back to return to Route Processing Options.
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Settings
Route Boundary Alerts
Tap Route Processing Options> Route Boundary Alerts to
set a visible message that displays when moving from one
route to another during route reading.
Tap the box next to the option to select it. Tap again to
remove the check mark and deselect the option.
Tap Back to return to Route Processing Options.
Figure 109: Route Boundary Alerts
Allow Manual Route Complete
Tap Route Processing Options> Allow Manual Route
Complete to change the route complete setting. When
selected, Allow Manual Route Complete allows you to
mark a route complete.
Tap the box next to the option to select it. Tap again to
remove the check mark and deselect the option.
Tap Back to return to Route Processing Options.
Figure 110: Mark route complete
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Settings
Skipped Options
Tap Route Processing Options> Skipped Options to define the actions required by the meter reader for a skipped account,
that is, an account without a reading.
Disabled
Not using skipped account option
Requires No Code
Trouble or Reader codes are not required for a skipped account.
Requires Trouble Code
Trouble codes automatically display when a meter is skipped.
Requires Reader Code
Reader codes automatically display when a meter is skipped.
Figure 111: Skipped options
Figure 112: Skipped account
NNOTE: To skip an account, press ZZ (skip) on the keypad. The account will be skipped unless the Skipped Option is disabled.
The option you select displays on the Route Processing Options screen. See Figure 110. A skipped account displays the word
“Skipped“ in the reading field and the skipped icon displays in the status field as shown in Figure 112.
Tap Cancel to return to Route Processing Options without making a change.
Route Start Options
Tap Route Processing Options> Route Start Options to
choose the mode for the route start hot key.
Tap to choose Start of Route—the first account in the
current route—or Start of File—the first account of all
routes on the handheld. Your selection displays on the Route
Processing Options screen.
Tap Cancel to return to Route Processing Options without
making a change.
Figure 113: Route Start Options
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Settings
Data Transfer Options
Use Data Transfer Options from the Settings menu to select the method by which you transfer account data route files—
load/unload—to and from the handheld or to assign a unique name to the handheld.
NNOTE: A password is required to access the Data Transfer Options screen.
Figure 114: Data Transfer Options
Transfer Method
1. On the Data Transfer Options screen, tap Transfer Method.
2. Select the method you want to use to load and unload route files.
Memory Stick
Load route account data using a
memory stick (flash drive).
FTP Load/Unload
Load or unload route data, each
as a separate process, using FTP.
NNOTE: FTP requires an Internet
connection.
FTP Load/Unload
Combined
Load and unload route data as a
combined process using FTP.
NNOTE: FTP requires an Internet
connection.
NNOTE: A handheld device name is required if you use FTP.
See "Handheld Device Name" on page 61.
Figure 115: Transfer Method
Result: The Transfer Method screen closes automatically and the method you selected displays in the Transfer Method field
on the Data Transfer Options screen. See Figure 114.
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Settings
Auto Start Wi-Fi On Transfer
Use Auto Start Wi-Fi On Transfer to automatically connect
the handheld to the Wi-Fi network for data transfer.
This can be done in or out of docking station.
Tap the box next to the option to select it. Tap again to
remove the check mark and deselect the option.
Figure 116: Start Wi-Fi on transfer
Auto Transfer On Dock
Use Auto Transfer On Dock to automatically start account
data transfer to and from the handheld when the handheld
is placed in the office docking station.
Transfer can be performed with a memory stick or using FTP.
If transfer is performed with memory stick, the memory
stick must be placed in the USB port at the front of the
docking station.
Tap the box next to the option to select it. Tap again to
remove the check mark and deselect the option.
Figure 117: Auto transfer on dock
Handheld Device Name
Select Handheld Device Name from the Settings menu to assign or change the handheld name. This setting must be
completed if FTP is selected for account data transfer. See "Transfer Method" on page 60.
On the Data Transfer Options screen, choose Handheld Device Name. Use the handheld keypad to type a name in the
Handheld Name field. Then tap Ok.
Figure 118: Assign or change device name
Figure 119: Enter device name
Tap Cancel to return to Settings without making a change.
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Handheld operation
HANDHELD OPERATION
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TRIMBLE RANGER 3 HANDHELD OVERVIEW
The Trimble Ranger 3 is a handheld computer designed for fully automated data collection along a route for meters equipped
with ORION endpoints. The handheld can also accept manual reads to support utilities as they transition from manual read to
AMR technology.
In retrofit installations where matching existing readings is required, the handheld functions as a programming device for
initial endpoint setup. The handheld can store up to 5000 accounts per route reading load file. Route reading file load and
unload data is transferred between the handheld and the reading data management software via a USB memory drive or
wirelessly, depending on the preference of the utility.
Notification LEDs:
Battery, OS and
Wireless
Audio jack
Camera
Touch
screen
Navigation
pad
Battery
module
Power On/Off
Back View
Front View
Figure 120: Handheld outer features
System Components
•
Trimble Ranger 3 handheld with touch screen and custom keypad
•
Hand strap with stylus pocket
•
Office Docking Station with power cord
•
IR programming cable
•
Battery module
•
Mini USB cable
•
ORION antenna (not included for handheld with no radio)
•
Screen protectors - 15 pack
•
AC power supply and international electric outlet adapters
•
Audio jack cover
• Stylus – two pack and tether
• USB flash drive
The handheld comes equipped with built-in GPS, WiFi, a bar code scanner, camera and flashlight. Manual handhelds (without
a radio) have built-in GPS and WiFi.
NNOTE: For a complete list of part numbers and replacement parts for reorder, refer to the Trimble Ranger 3 Parts List, available
at www.badgermeter.com.
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Handheld Top View
Figure 121: Top view
Handheld Bottom View
Figure 122: Bottom view
General Care of the Handheld
Use a mild detergent and a clean soft cloth to clean the body of the handheld. Do not use solvents, such as paint thinners. Use
only a lint free cloth to clean the infrared port. Do not use detergents or solvents to clean the infrared port or display window.
The Trimble Ranger 3 handheld has a wide operating range of –5...140° F; however, it is important to protect the handheld
from extreme temperatures. Leaving the unit in a vehicle on the dashboard during a hot day or in a vehicle on a cold night
can affect the screen display, as well as cause battery drainage.
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Initial Setup
1. Install the battery.
The Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery is shipped detached
from the unit. Insert the battery at the bottom of the
compartment first so the connector on the battery makes
contact with the pins in the battery compartment.
Using the flat end of the stylus or a coin, turn the latch
located above the battery clockwise until tightened. As
the latch is turned, the battery levels in the case.
Figure 123: Battery installation
2. Attach the hand strap, starting at the bottom.
Push the clip of the hand strap into the hooks on the battery door at the bottom of the handheld at a 180 degree
angle until it snaps into place.
Fold the top clip of the hand strap backwards so that it can be pushed into the top hooks of the handheld.
Pull up on the strap and push the clip into the top hooks at a 180 degree angle until it snaps into place.
The hand strap is now securely attached.
IIMPORTAN
Make sure to hold the clip straight, parallel to the hooks, and push it in at a 180 degree angle to ensure
proper installation.
Figure 124: Installing the hand strap
3. Screw on the external antenna (P/N: 66238-007). If the handheld is not equipped with a radio, skip to step 4.
4. Charge the battery.
The power supply that ships with the handheld has four international plugs. Connect the appropriate plug to the
power cord and attach to the power supply.
Plug into an electrical outlet and plug the barrel end of the power supply into the unit.
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The battery can also be charged using the docking station.
NNOTE: For more information on the battery, see "Working with the Handheld Battery" on page 68.
IIMPORTAN
Fully charge the battery at least 4 hours before use. The battery LED (left LED) will turn green when fully
charged. Always use the chargers intended for the handheld. Using other chargers will void the warranty.
5. Attach the I/O dust cover (optional) as shown. The unit is
completely sealed, however, the dust cover can be used
to protect the connectors from
foreign objects.
NNOTE: The dust cover must be removed when using
the docking station for charging.
Figure 125: Dust cover
6. Check to make sure a screen protector is applied
to the touch screen. A screen protector is applied
before shipping.
The Trimble Ranger manufacturer recommends replacing
the screen protector every two months, or more often if
the handheld is heavily used.
Follow the instructions provided in the screen protector
package for replacing a screen protector.
Figure 126: Screen protectors
7. Turn the handheld unit on and off.
The handheld should boot up when the battery is installed. If not, press and release the green power key on
the keypad.
To turn the handheld off, press and release the power key again.
The handheld is ready to use. Power on the handheld and touch the screen to start using the device.
NNOTE: The COM port(s) must be set correctly for the handheld and the ORION Field Application software to operate
correctly. Go to Settings on the software main menu to view the COM ports settings and set your user
preferences before route reading.
Setting the Password Lock (optional)
It is not necessary to set a handheld password unless unauthorized use is an issue. Badger Meter recommends not assigning
passwords to prevent the loss of reading data. If password protection is required, the password must be entered every time
the unit is turned on. Use the green power key to resume operation.
Go to Window Start> Settings> Lock to access the password screen.
IIMPORTAN
Record your password. A forgotten or lost password cannot be recovered and requires a factory reset. All software and
data on the handheld will be lost.
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Working with the Handheld Battery
Charging the Battery
The AC charger that ships with the unit has adapters to fit almost every electrical outlet. Connect the appropriate outlet
adapter to the AC charger. To charge the battery, plug the AC charger into the charging port on the bottom of the handheld
and plug the charger into an electrical outlet.
The handheld is fully charged in approximately 4.5
Left LED
Center LED
Right LED
hours using the AC charger.
Acceptable temperature range for charging the
battery is 5...35° C (41...95° F).
Battery Status
OS (Operating
System) Status
Bluetooth Status
Green: Fully charged
Red blinking: Alarm
Blue blinking: On
Amber: Charging
Notification LEDs
The handheld has three notification LEDs (light
emitting diode) at the top that display color
indicators as shown in the table to show the
charging status. See the picture of the handheld on
page 64 to see the notification LEDs.
Red: Battery error
WWAN Status
WiFi Status
Amber blinking:
2G connection
Amber blinking: On
Green blinking: 3G
connection
Green blinking: On
GPS Status
LED will flash in a
sequence if multiple
features are on
An optional DC charger is also available. Refer to the Trimble Ranger 3 Parts List, available at www.badgermeter.com, for
ordering information.
IIMPORTAN
Fully charge the battery at least 4 hours before use. The battery LED (left LED) will turn green when fully charged.
Office Docking Station
When using the handheld docking station (instead of
using the AC charger) to charge the battery, be sure
the handheld is fully seated into the dock and the
charging pins are in full contact with the handheld.
The LED on the right front on the dock is steady
green (does not flash) when the power is on and the
handheld is docked.
The docking station is designed to be set up on a flat
surface or mounted on a wall. Up to five units can be
connected together with a single power source.
Figure 127: Docking station
IIMPORTAN
Always use the chargers intended for the handheld. Using other chargers will void the warranty.
Battery Power
When the fully charged handheld is still connected to the charger, verify the handheld battery charge using these steps:
1. Tap the Windows Start icon at the bottom left of the display screen.
2. Tap Settings> Power to view the battery power and the current battery charge status.
3. Tap Advanced, next to Battery, to see handheld power down selection options.
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Conserving the Battery
The handheld conserves battery power by turning itself off when not in use.
Press and release the green power key on the keypad to turn the unit back on. The display shows the same screen that was
displayed when the unit turned off.
NNOTE: When the Read or Quick Read screen is in use, the handheld will NOT turn off automatically because the ORION
reading functions are active. To conserve the battery, be sure to return to the main menu so the automatic off
function is active.
Tips for extending the battery charge
•
Tap Windows Start> Settings> System> Backlight to select the amount of time the backlight stays on when the
unit is idle and the brightness of the display. A brighter backlight uses more power than a dimmer setting.
•
Use the backlight only when necessary. Press the Fn + power keys to toggle the backlight on and off.
•
When working in cold temperatures, keep the unit as warm as possible.
Swapping the Battery Pack (Low Battery)
If the battery becomes depleted while using the handheld, a “low battery message” displays. The battery is designed to be
quickly replaced in the field.
The handheld retains enough power and will not reset if the battery is replaced within minutes of total battery discharge.
If the retained power runs out before the new battery is installed, the unit resets. The reset does not impact saved data,
programs or configuration, however, unsaved data is lost and the handheld date and time must be reset.
To swap a battery, perform the following steps:
1. Close open applications and save data.
2. Carefully remove the hand strap from the back of the handheld.
3. Use the flat end of the stylus or a coin to loosen the latch above the battery by turning it counter-clockwise until the
battery module can be removed.
4. Remove the battery from the unit.
5. Quickly insert the new battery into the unit.
6. Turn the latch clockwise to fasten the battery securely into place.
7. Replace the hand strap.
8. Turn the unit on to resume operation.
SD and SIM Cards
The Trimble Ranger 3 supports the use of SD and SIM cards. The slots for both cards are located beneath the plastic
regulatory label that can be seen when the battery is removed from the handheld. Neither the SD or SIM card is required for
Badger Meter Field Applications.
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Handheld Basic Operations
Turning On the Handheld
To turn on the handheld, press the green power key on the keypad. An audible beep sounds and the “booting”
message appears.
Power Menu
Hold down the green power key for about three seconds to
display a countdown timer.
Release the power key to display the Power Menu.
NNOTE: If you continue to hold down the power key, the
handheld resets when the countdown reaches zero.
See “Restarting the Handheld” below.
Five options are available. Tap the button to select the option.
Figure 128: Power menu
Clean Screen
Disables the touch screen for cleaning. Press the enter key on the handheld keypad to re-enable
the touchscreen.
Replace Battery
Ensures that alarms will not wake up the unit while changing the battery.
Reset
Stops all running programs and restarts the unit. Open or unsaved files will be lost. All registry
settings, control panel, personal information, GPS settings and databases are preserved.
Align Screen
Repeats the screen alignment procedure for the touch screen.
Shutdown
Intended for long-term storage to put the unit in its lowest power mode. Running application
state and unsaved data will be lost. Internal GPS parameters will be reset to their default settings.
To take the unit out of the shutdown mode, press the power key and the unit will boot up.
NNOTE: The battery LED does not work in shutdown mode, but if the power supply is plugged in,
the handheld will still charge.
Turning the Handheld Off
To shut down the handheld, press and hold the green power key until the message "Release power button to use menu" is
displayed. When you release the power key, the Power Menu displays. Tap Shutdown to power off.
Instant On and Off
When the handheld is in use, one of the features is “instant on” and “instant off” (also known as “suspend/resume”). The
handheld will automatically power down (“instant off”) when it is not being used. Press and release the green power key to
resume use. The screen that was previously displayed will display again. There is no waiting for the unit to boot up every time
it is turned on.
Restarting the Handheld
To perform a restart (also called reset), press and hold the green power key. The screen will show a countdown timer. Continue
holding the power key until the countdown is completed. The unit will automatically restart. Readings will not be lost if the
handheld is restarted using these steps.
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Using the Touch Screen
NNOTE: This manual provides instructions for touch screen navigation and operation of the handheld. Quick Keys and Hot
Keys are keypad shortcuts which also can be used for performing mobile read functions. See "Keypad Shortcuts"
on page 82 for details about using these keypad shortcuts.
In addition to the keyboard, the handheld is equipped with a touch screen to facilitate function selection and promote ease of
use. To make a selection, touch the screen using the stylus tool provided with the handheld or simply tap the screen with your
finger. The touch screen is sensitive enough to allow screen component selection, even while wearing gloves.
Tap
Use the stylus to navigate and select objects on the touch screen. Single tap on the screen with the stylus to select or open an
item. Tapping is equivalent to clicking the left mouse button with a computer.
Tap and Hold
When you tap and hold a point on the screen, a circle of dots appears around the stylus to indicate that a pop-up menu will
soon appear. Tap and hold is equivalent to clicking the right mouse button.
Drag
Hold the stylus on the screen and drag it across the screen
to select text and images. Drag in a list to select multiple
items. Drag the stylus on a scroll bar or on a Windows screen
to scroll.
Disable
To disable the touch screen, press the Function key (Fn) and
the decimal/period key (.) on the keypad at the same time.
A message displays as shown in the example here to explain
the touch screen is disabled and can be re-enabled by
pressing Fn. again (Figure 129).
Figure 129: Fn. to disable touch screen
Storage Memory
Unlike many handheld computers which can lose data if they lose power, losing power does not impact saved data or
configurations other than the real time clock. All data is stored in non-volatile memory. If the battery is removed for 30
seconds or more, the user is prompted to enter a current time and date. The current time and date must be entered prior to
operating the ORION Field Application software.
Using File Explorer to Browse, Delete, Rename, Copy
Browse the contents of folders on the handheld using File Explorer (Windows Start> File Explorer). To delete, rename or
copy an item, touch and hold the item. Then select from the menu that displays.
NNOTE: Unlike desktop computers, Windows Mobile® does not support a Recycle Bin. If a file is deleted, it cannot
be recovered.
Care of the Touch Screen
Use only the included stylus or other devices designed specifically for use with touch screens. The use of ballpoint pens, nails
or other sharp objects to operate the touch screen may scratch and/or damage the unit.
Do not apply any cleaner directly to the display. Do not use any abrasive cleaners as they may scratch the touch screen. Keep
the touch screen clean by gently wiping the display, using a soft cloth dampened by clean water. Keep the touch screen clean
by gently wiping the display, using a soft, dampened cloth with either clean water or glass cleaner.
DO NOT USE ABRASIVE CLEANERS DIRECTLY ON THE DISPLAY. DOING SO MAY VOID YOUR WARRANTY.
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Screen Protector
To keep the touchscreen clean and protected, apply the screen protector following the instructions provided in the screen
protector package. Unprotected screens become scratched and scuffed over time. Screen protectors extend the life of the
display by providing a protective and replaceable barrier between abrasive grit and the surface of the display.
It is recommended to replace the screen protector every two months, or more often if heavily used.
FAILURE TO USE THE APPROVED SCREEN PROTECTOR OR FAILURE TO FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS FOR INSTALLATION
MAY VOID THE PRODUCT WARRANTY.
Changing the Handheld Date and Time
IIMPORTAN
The date and time on the Trimble Ranger 3 handheld must be accurate to ensure communication with the ORION
endpoints. Check the date and time and adjust if necessary before reading a route.
To change the time and /or date, follow these steps:
Tap the Windows Start button at the lower left of the screen.
Tap Settings.
Tap Clocks & Alarms> Time.
Select the correct time zone, time and/or date by tapping the appropriate field and using the up/down arrows to
make any necessary changes.
5. Once finished, tap OK.
Result: A small window opens allowing changes to be saved.
6. Tap Yes to save the changes or No to close the screen without saving the changes. Tap Cancel to return to Clocks &
Alarms to make additional changes.
Result: The changes are saved when you tap Yes. Clocks & Alarms will close and the Settings screen is displayed.
1.
2.
3.
4.
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Barcode Scanner
Depending on the configuration, the handheld may include an integrated laser ID barcode scanner.
NNOTE: To be able to use the barcode scanner while the handheld is in Kiosk mode, a shortcut button for using the scanner
must be set while in Admin mode before changing to Kiosk mode.
Activating the Scanner
1. Tap Windows Start> Settings > System > Scanner Setup.
2. Position the handheld with the top of the handheld pointing toward the barcode you want to scan.
3. Tap Scan Now to activate the laser.
Result: The handheld emits a red laser beam.
If the scan fails to decode, try moving closer or farther away from the barcode and tap Scan Now again.
Programming a Barcode Scan Button
The circle shortcut button can be programmed to act as the
barcode scan button.
A button can be programmed for one function only.
NNOTE: The buttons on the top row of the handheld keypad
(Windows Start, LEFT, RIGHT, CLEAR) cannot be
programmed.
Follow these steps to program the circle shortcut button for
scanning.
Figure 130: Circle shortcut button
1. Go to Windows Start> Scan Agent.
Result: Tapping Scan Agent triggers a Warning window
opens stating that a button has not been assigned.
2. Tap ok to close the Warning window.
3. Follow the instructions from the Warning window
and go to Windows Start> Settings>
Personal> Buttons.
Result: The Program Buttons screen opens.
Figure 131: Scan Agent
Figure 132: Warning message
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4. Tap to select the Circle Shortcut button. You may
need to scroll to find it.
5. Tap the Assign a program field and select Scan
Agent. You may need to scroll to find it.
Figure 134: Select Circle Shortcut
Figure 135: Select Scan Agent
Figure 136: Tap OK
6. Tap OK.
Result: The circle shortcut button on the handheld
keypad is now programmed to scan a barcode
when pressed.
NNOTE: The scanner can be used to capture ORION
endpoint serial numbers. Due to the design,
the scanner will not read the barcode
imprinted on the endpoint cover but can
be used to read the barcode on the label
attached to the endpoint wire.
Figure 137: Press circle shortcut to scan
AVOID DIRECT VIEWING OF THE SCANNER LASER BEAM. DO NOT STARE INTO IT OR POINT DIRECTLY AT EYES.
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Flashlight
Depending on the configuration, the handheld may include a camera. The dual LEDs for the camera flash can also be used as
a flashlight.
Tap Windows Start> Flashlight to toggle the Flashlight on and off.
Figure 138: Flashlight
Programming a Keypad Button for Flashlight
Any of the buttons on the top row of the handheld keypad (Windows Start, LEFT, RIGHT, CLEAR) or the circle shortcut
button can be programmed to act as the flashlight button.
NNOTE: A button can be programmed for one function only.
1. Go to Windows Start> Settings> Personal> Buttons.
2. Tap to select the button you want to assign to the flashlight.
3. Tap the Assign a program field and select Flashlight.
4. Tap OK. The button is assigned and will turn the flashlight on and off when pressed.
NNOTE: For additional details about programming a keypad button, see "Programming a Barcode Scan Button" on page 73.
Task Manager
The Task Manager is useful for manually closing a program that may not be responding.
1. Tap Windows Start> Task Manager.
2. Tap the program you want to close. Then tap End Task or tap Menu > End All Tasks.
Figure 139: Windows Task Manager
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Working with Bluetooth
The handheld has been designed to operate with the internal Bluetooth®—a short-range wireless communication technology
that exchanges information (beam) over a distance of up to 30 feet (10 meters), without requiring a physical connection.
Tap Windows Start> Settings> Bluetooth. Then tap the selections across the top of the screen to access the settings for
Bluetooth use:
Mode:
•
To enable Bluetooth use, tap to select the "Turn on
Bluetooth" check box.
•
Tap to select the check box "Make this device visible
to other devices" to allow other devices to find your
unit. (Optional)
Figure 141: Settings> Turn on Bluetooth
Devices:
•
Tap Add new device... to search for other
Bluetooth devices.
When the device is found, follow the instructions on
the screen.
Figure 142: Add new device
COM Ports:
•
Available only for Bluetooth devices that support
serial (COM) connections. Follow the instructions on
the screen.
Figure 143: Set COM port
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Power:
•
Tap if you want to select "Maintain Bluetooth
connections when device is turned off."
•
Tap if you want to select "Allow Bluetooth activity to
turn the device on." When this check box is selected,
another Bluetooth device can send data and your
unit will turn on and reply if necessary.
IIMPORTAN
Leaving wireless options on reduces battery life. It is
recommended that your handheld be configured to
automatically turn off when not in use. Otherwise, another
Bluetooth device could turn on your handheld, transfer
data, and if it does not turn off again, drain the battery.
Figure 144: Bluetooth power settings
NNOTE: To set up a VersaProbe Bluetooth connection, see "Using VersaProbe with Bluetooth" on page 94.
Receiving Beams
If you want to allow the unit to receive incoming beams, go to Windows Start> Settings> Connections> Beam and check
the box for "Receive all incoming beams."
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Working with GPS
Tap Windows Start> Settings> System> System Information. Then select Wireless from the selections that display across
the top of the screen to verify that GPS is installed and is using COM 2.
The GPS is compatible with applications that accept the NMEA position information using a default baud rate of 9600.
GPS Settings
If you are using only one GPS-aware application, these settings do not need to be changed. However, to use multiple
GPS-aware applications, tap Windows Start> Settings> System> GPS and tap the selections across the top of the screen:
Access
The GPS Intermediate Driver allows multiple applications to access the GPS receiver. To manage the GPS
Intermediate Driver, uncheck the check box.
Hardware
COM2 is the hardware port dedicated for the built-in GPS. Verify that COM2 is selected. The internal GPS
communicates at 9600 baud by default. If it has been modified by a third-party program, adjust to match
the receiver baud rate.
Programs
Programs that use GPS need to know which port to use to access GPS data. When using more than one
GPS-aware application, the same GPS program port must be used in each application. Ensure that the
COM port on the GPS-aware application(s) is set to the same GPS program port as shown in the Programs
selection. The program port must be a different port than the hardware port. By default, this is COM 3.
Using Assisted GPS (A-GPS)
To enable and disable Assisted GPS, Windows Start> Settings> System> GPS. Then select A-GPS from the selections at the
top of the screen and check the box to “Enable Assisted GPS.“
If the GPS has been used in the prior 72 hours, A-GPS will retain a memory of the satellite paths. The A-GPS satellite data is
stored in memory for the satellites visible in your current position. Therefore the unit can lock on the satellites quickly, in
less than 20 seconds in an open sky. The expiration of the A-GPS data is also shown in this menu. Using A-GPS may reduce
accuracy in some situations. If you are unable to connect to the GPS using the default GPS settings, you can restore it to
factory default settings by performing a system shutdown and leaving the unit shut down for approximately 5 minutes.
NNOTE: While Assisted GPS can improve time-to-first-fix, it may reduce accuracy in some situations. Uncheck the box next to
"Enable Assisted GPS" and reboot your unit if you wish to disable it.
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Working with the Speaker/Microphone
The handheld comes with an integrated speaker and a microphone. It also has a 3.5 mm audio jack that is wired for a headset
with a stereo speaker and microphone combination.
Recording
1. To record, tap Windows Start> Notes.
2. If you do not see the Recording tool bar, tap the
Menu button at the bottom of the screen and select
"View Recording Toolbar."
3. Tap the round Record symbol on the screen. See
Figure 147.
The unit will record until the square Stop symbol
is pressed.
Menu button
The recorded file is saved in the Notes folder.
Figure 145: Menu button
Record
Stop
Figure 146: Select “View Recording Toolbar“
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Factory Reset/Clean Boot
THIS PROCEDURE RESETS THE TRIMBLE RANGER TO "FACTORY FRESH" CONDITION AND REMOVES ALL PREVIOUSLY
ADDED SOFTWARE, INCLUDING ANY BADGER METER SOFTWARE APPLICATIONS.
Start the factory reset procedure with the handheld powered on.
1. Press and hold the green power key. When the countdown timer starts, release the green power key.
Result: The Power Menu displays.
2. Tap the Reset button on the Power Menu and immediately press and hold BOTH the green power key AND the
RIGHT key on the handheld keypad.
Press & hold
Press & hold
Figure 148: Power menu
Figure 149: Hold down green power key and RIGHT key
3. When the Clean Boot screen appears, release both the green power key and the RIGHT key.
4. Use the up/down navigation arrows on the keypad
to select the Ok button on the screen. Then press the
ENTER key on the keypad if you want to completely
clear the handheld.
NNOTE: Tapping does not work on the Clean Boot
screen. Use the keypad.
Result: Several screens display during the next few
seconds: Blank screen, "Scanning...Wait" screen,
Windows Embedded screen, Finalizing screen, blank
screen again, and then the Windows Embedded
screen again.
Figure 150: Select Ok to clear handheld data
5. Touch the handheld screen to start the reset process as instructed on the screen.
6. Tap the cross hairs that appear to align the touch screen. Continue to tap the cross hairs until the screen aligns.
7. At the Password screen, tap Skip.
8. Tap the Complete screen to finish the reset.
NNOTE: After performing a factory reset, the handheld date and time need to be reset. Tap Windows Start> Settings>
Clocks & Alarms to set the correct time and date.
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Using the handheld keypad
USING THE HANDHELD KEYPAD
Left = Bottom left screen
command
Right = Bottom right
screen command
Windows® Start
Clear contents of the
selected field
Circle shortcut - Can be
programmed as barcode
scanner button
APP MENU and COMM MODE
buttons are programmable
Navigate fields on screen with
right/left/up/down arrows
Center key = select or enter
Numeric keys
Dash/Hyphen
Fn (Function) key +
Yellow label key =
Hot Key function
Yellow label
denotes
Hot Key
Alpha keys
On/Off power
Figure 151: Trimble Ranger 3 keypad
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Keypad shortcuts
KEYPAD SHORTCUTS
The software includes a number of keys on the handheld that provide meter reading shortcuts.
Quick Key
Double press (or single press) the alpha key to perform the desired function. The default is double press.
Example: To change the route reading direction, press DD on the keypad. To toggle back, press DD again.
NNOTE: See "" on page 54 to change from double press to single press when using quick keys.
Hot Key
Press and hold the Fn key and the alpha or number key, then quickly release both keys to perform the
desired function.
Example: Press and hold Fn. Then press and release B to bookmark an account.
Key
Quick Key Functions
(double/single press)
Hot Key Functions
(w/Fn key)
A
Auto navigation mode
--
B
Toggle bookmark
BOOKMARK
C
Next bookmark
--
D
Toggle route reading direction
RD DIRECT
Route start
RTSTART
E
F
G
--
H
View High/Low Reads for
current account
I
--
J
Encoder error processing
--
K
Settings
SETTINGS
L
Toggle Flashlight
M
Manual read entry
MAN RD
N
Next
MESSAGE
O
Read extended comment from
ReadCenter
--
P
Previous
--
Q
Progress
PROGRESS
R
Reader code
RD CD
S
Search
SEARCH
T
Trouble code
TRBL CODE
U
Next unread
UNREAD
V
--
W
Next skipped
NXT SKIP
X
--
Y
--
Z
Toggle skipped
9
SKIP
Toggle screen backlight on and off
.
(period/decimal point)
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Configuration options
CONFIGURATION OPTIONS
The Trimble Ranger 3 handheld is available in three configuration options:
•
Handheld with an internal ORION ME transceiver and built-in GPS, WiFi, camera, flashlight and bar code scanner
•
Handheld with an internal ORION CE receiver and built-in GPS, WiFi, camera, flashlight and bar code scanner
•
Handheld for manual reads only (no radio) with built-in GPS and WiFi
Config 1: Handheld back view with internal
ORION ME transceiver
Config 2: Handheld back view with internal
ORION CE receiver
Config 3: Back of handheld with
no radio
Figure 152: Handheld configuration options
The three configurations are similar but have distinguishing characteristics. A label on the back, at the top below the camera,
indicates if the handheld has an internal ORION ME transceiver (Config 1) or an internal ORION CE receiver (Config 2). FCC
information is imprinted inside the battery compartment.
A manual read handheld without a radio has no label, no FCC information and no antenna (Config 3).
NNOTE: See "Connecting an External Mobile Transceiver or Receiver" on page 84 for instructions on how to set up a single
handheld to read both ORION Migratable and Classic endpoints.
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Configuration options
Connecting an External Mobile Transceiver or Receiver
For handhelds configured with an internal transceiver or receiver (Config 1 and Config 2 on previous page), one external
ORION ME mobile transceiver or ORION CE mobile receiver can be connected to read ORION endpoints.
1. Place the magnetic mount antenna on the vehicle roof. Ensure that the free area around the base of the antenna
equals the antenna height.
NNOTE: The antenna must be at least two feet away from other antennas and the cable must be in good condition.
2. Press the green power key on the handheld keypad.
3. If the handheld has an internal ORION ME transceiver, connect an ORION CE mobile receiver using the receiver's
communication cable. Plug the communication cable into the top of an ORION CE mobile receiver and insert the
nine-pin serial end into the port at the bottom of the handheld.
or
If the handheld has an internal ORION CE receiver, connect an ORION ME mobile transceiver using the transceiver's
communication cable. Plug the smaller end of the communication cable into the top of an ORION ME mobile
transceiver and the larger end into the USB port at the bottom of the handheld.
NNOTE: You can also connect an external ORION ME mobile transceiver to a handheld with an internal ORION ME
transceiver, or connect an external ORION CE mobile receiver to a handheld with an internal ORION CE
receiver. The external connection increases the radio range for meter reading.
Handheld with
External Connection
Magnetic
Mount
Antenna
Magnetic
Mount
Antenna
Cable
ORION
Transceiver or Receiver
4. Connect the cable from the magnetic
mount antenna to the RF connector
at the top of the mobile transceiver
or receiver and hand tighten so the
connection is secure.
5. The mobile transceiver and receiver
require a DC power source. Plug the
transceiver or receiver DC power cable
into the bottom of the transceiver or
receiver and plug the other end into the
vehicle's interior DC power source (utility
source or cigarette lighter).
6. Switch on the mobile transceiver or
receiver connected to the handheld.
NNOTE: Make sure to switch on the
mobile transceiver or receiver
connected to the handheld
before starting any
ORION software.
Communication Cable to
USB or Serial Port
DC Power Connector
Figure 153: External transceiver or receiver set up
NNOTE: Refer to the installation documents, ORION FHSS Mobile Transceiver and ORION FHSS Mobile Receiver, available at
www.badgermeter.com, for status indicators and replacement parts.
7. Start the ORION Field Application software. For instructions, see "Getting Started" on page 7.
8. Navigate to the hardware settings and set the appropriate COM ports. See "Hardware Options" on page 50 in the
Settings section.
ONLY ONE EXTERNAL MOBILE TRANSCEIVER OR RECEIVER SHOULD BE CONNECTED TO THE HANDHELD. CONNECTING
MORE THAN ONE WILL REDUCE SYSTEM PERFORMANCE.
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APPENDIX
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Glossary
GLOSSARY
ADE®
Absolute digital encoder (ADE) is a position-based encoder that senses the position of each number
wheel to determine the reading for touch and AMR/AMI systems. The encoder displays as ”ENC“ on
the software screens.
AMI
Advanced metering infrastructure (AMI).
AMR
Automated meter reading (AMR) system that uses radio frequency technology to transmit meter
readings between an endpoint and a data collection device.
BEACON® AMA
The BEACON AMA software suite from Badger Meter combines reading data management software
with tools for meter reading and network management, plus Advanced Metering Analytics. BEACON
AMA brings greater visibility and increased efficiency to day-to-day utility operations.
C700D
Endpoint type exclusively used for connectivity with Elster/AMCo C700 digital encoders.
comment code
A message from the utility office to the meter reader displayed on the account read screen. The
messages are defined and maintained by the utility and chosen from a defined list created in the
Badger Meter reading data management software.
ENC
Used in the software to refer to a three-wire encoder, including the Absolute Digital Encoder.
encoder error
A situation (ORION or GALAXY radio or touch read) in which one or more of the number wheels in
the mechanical encoder cannot be read. There are two common causes of encoder errors:
1. Improper alignment of the number wheels in the encoder
2. A component failure inside the encoder
If the error is caused by a misalignment of the number wheels, the error may potentially be cleared
by running consumption and changing the reading value of the number wheel causing the error.
If the encoder error occurs for the same account over two or more continuous reading cycles, the
encoder has most likely failed and should be replaced.
endpoint
A communication device located at the meter that encodes and communicates reading data to a
data collection device (handheld, laptop computer or gateway).
extended status
Refers to the complete information and status available from the endpoint, which includes meter
type, resolution code, programmed dates and any exception errors.
field
A piece of information in the software, such as an address or the meter serial number, that resides
on a screen.
final read
A meter reading taken as a customer moves from one location to another in order to send the
customer their final bill.
GUID
A globally unique name (GUID) consisting of a number of characters is assigned to every handheld.
The GUID is not duplicated anywhere in the world.
HR-E
High resolution absolute encoder with eight-wheel mechanical display. The HR-E encoder displays
as “HRE” on the software screens.
HR-E LCD
High resolution electronic encoder with digital display. The HR-E LCD encoder displays as “ELCD” on
the software screens.
main menu
The screen that provides access to the main software functions.
mobile receiver
A mobile one-way communication device that receives information from an endpoint via a mobile
data collection device (handheld or laptop computer).
mobile transceiver
A mobile two-way communication device that receives and transmits information to and from an
endpoint via a mobile data collection device (handheld or laptop computer).
module
In general, an electronic product used to report a meter’s reading. The Badger Meter ORION
electronics which are needed to perform a radio read is an example of a module.
navigation bar
Bar at the bottom of the software screens with buttons that allow you to navigate to different
screens in the software or exit the software application.
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ORION CE
The ORION Classic endpoint is a one-way local automated meter reading (AMR) system which
communicates with a mobile receiver designed to read ORION water and gas endpoints. The
receiver has Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum (FHSS) technology to minimize interference and
eliminate FCC licensing.
ORION Endpoint
Utility
The programming and quick read software application for ORION Cellular, Migratable (ME), Fixed
Network (SE) and Classic (CE) endpoints.
ORION Field
Application
The route meter reading software application for the handheld.
ORION ME, ORION SE The ORION Migratable and ORION Fixed Network endpoints are two-way utility management
solutions. ORION Migratable (and ORION Fixed Network in mobile mode) endpoints communicate
with a mobile transceiver designed to receive signals from and send signals to ORION Migratable
and Fixed Network water and gas endpoints. The transceiver has Frequency Hopping Spread
Spectrum (FHSS) technology to minimize interference and eliminate FCC licensing.
programming menu
A specific menu within the Badger Meter AMR software that allows module programming.
Quick Read
A feature that allows the operator to capture a reading for a specific module. The Quick Read
function is available for touch modules or ORION endpoints. When quick reading ORION endpoints,
the readings can be displayed from up to 50 endpoints in range of the Badger Meter ORION
handheld, not just from one endpoint.
potential leak
A status reported by an ORION endpoint showing that the meter has registered continuous flow
and may have a potential leak.
RDMS
Refers to the Badger Meter reading data management software which acts as an interface between
the utility's billing software and the meter reading devices. The handheld software loads route
information from the reading data management software and unload meter information to the
reading data management software.
RF
Radio frequency.
route
A list of meters to read.
route management
software
The software product or system that loads route information into the computer and accepts
completed meter readings from the handheld computer.
route progress
The function that displays the number of meters read in the current route, along with other related
information.
RTR®
The Badger Meter Recordall® Endpoint Register (RTR) is used in conjunction with Recordall disc,
turbo, compound and fire series water meters to measure totalized flow through the meter and
output a signal to Badger Meter meter reading products.
settings
The values that can be changed by the user to control behavior of certain screen functions.
tamper
A status reported by an ORION endpoint showing that the wire between the register and the
endpoint is cut or shorted.
text message
A message entered by the meter reader to be sent to the utility office via the Badger Meter reading
data management software.
trouble code
A message that is chosen by the meter reader from a list stored in the handheld and sent to the
utility office describing a condition or status at the meter.
VersaProbe
A meter reading wand device that can be used with the handheld to read touch modules.
work item
Optional task request set up with the reading data management software for collecting data,
including extended status, from ORION Migratable (and Fixed Network in mobile mode) endpoints.
Work items are completed and returned to the reading data management software with the route
information.
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Account status icons
ACCOUNT STATUS ICONS
Icons display on the account read screen. Click an icon to see a description for what the icon represents.
Route completed
Potential leak
All routes completed
No usage
Bookmarked
Gas cover removed
Encoder end of life
E Series sensor error
Encoder error
E Series low temperature
Encoder programmed
E Series empty pipe
Encoder removal
Message to reader
Encoder temperature
Message from reader
Endpoint low battery
Skipped account
Endpoint programmed
High reading
Endpoint tamper
Low reading
Magnetic tamper
Reverse flow
TECHNOLOGY ICONS
During route reading, the reading technology hardware configured for the handheld is displayed as an icon in the title bar of
the screen. The following icons may display when connected and communicating with the handheld.
ORION Classic
technology
connected
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Status codes
STATUS CODES
Status codes are displayed on several of the screens within the software. The following is a list of status codes and
their descriptions.
Status Code
Description
CR
Cover Removal (gas only)
EE
Encoder/Register Error
IR
Programmed via IR – endpoint was programmed using the infrared cable
LB
Low Battery
LK
Leak
MMI
Mobile Mode Indicator
NU
No Usage
REV
Reverse Flow (encoder or gas only)
T
Tamper
VALID COM PORTS
The following is a list of valid COM ports. See "Hardware Options" on page 50 to adjust the COM port settings.
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COM Port
External ORION CE or VersaProbe
COM1
GPS - Ranger 3 only
COM2
Not applicable
COM3
External ORION ME
COM4
Not applicable
COM5
Not applicable
COM6
Internal ORION CE or ME
COM7
Bluetooth VersaProbe
COM8
Bluetooth VersaProbe
COM9
ORION In Home Display
COM10
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Gas meter drive rotation
GAS METER DRIVE ROTATION
The table below displays the drive gear rotation direction for common gas meter makes/models.
CW = clockwise
CCW = counter clockwise
Gas Meter
ORION Type
Direction of Rotation
Elster®/American
AC-250
AMCO Res
CCW
AL-425
AMCO Res
CCW
AC-630
AMCO Res
CCW
AC-800
AMCO Res
CCW
AL-800
AMCO C&I
CW
AL-1000
AMCO C&I
CW
Metris 250
Itron/ActarisRes
CCW
400A
Itron/ActarisRes
CCW
675A
Itron/Actaris C&I
CW
800A
Itron/Actaris C&I
CW
1000A
Itron/Actaris C&I
CW
Cubix 250
Sensus Res
CCW
R275
Sensus Res
CCW
R315
Sensus Res
CCW
415
Sensus 415
CCW
750
Sensus C&I
CCW
1000
Sensus C&I
CCW
Itron®/Actaris®
Sensus®
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Gas meter drive rotation
HANDHELD STATUS INDICATORS
Status Indicators
Status indicators may display at the top of the screen. The status indicator icons are shown here with a description of what
they indicate.
Icon
Description
Battery power is low
Icon
Battery power is very
low
Description
Other networks are detected. Tap to
access an available network
Wireless network connected
Battery
communication error
Battery charging
Active connection, but not currently
synchronizing
Inactive connection to computer or
wireless network
Synchronizing
Battery level
Synchronizing error
Battery warning out of
temperature range
Instant messages
received
Pending alarm
Speaker is on
Phone is turned on and signal
strength
Speaker is off (or in
mute position)
Phone is turned off. To turn it on,
tap this icon
SIM card missing
No signal
Faulty SIM card
No service. Phone connection
unavailable or network error.
E-mail has been
received
Lost signal. The unit is searching for
a signal.
Tap to view more
notifications
Data call is in
progress
Roaming mode
EDGE network is available
3G connected
EDGE network connected
GPRS network available
GPRS network connected
HSDPA network available
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Loading and unloading with memory stick
LOADING AND UNLOADING WITH MEMORY STICK
The Load/Unload option on the ORION Field Application main menu is used to load and unload route files on the handheld
using a memory stick.
NNOTE: Route files can also be transferred using FTP with an Internet connection. For complete information, refer to the
Wireless Load and Unload User Manual, available at www.badgermeter.com.
Figure 154: Main menu: Load/Unload
Initialize Memory Stick
Before a memory stick is used to load/unload route files, it must be initialized by associating it with a handheld. This process
only needs to be done one time.
NNOTE: If you need to change the handheld Device
Name, change the Device Name before you
initialize the memory stick.
1. Insert a blank memory stick into the USB port at
the bottom of the handheld.
Result: A message displays asking if you want to
associate the memory stick with the handheld.
2. Tap Yes.
The LOAD and UNLOAD folders are created on the
memory stick during the initialization process.
Figure 155: Initialize memory stick
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Load route
LOAD ROUTE
1. Transfer the route files from the reading data
management software to the memory stick.
2. Insert the memory stick into the USB port at the
bottom of the handheld.
3. From the ORION Field Application main menu,
tap Load/Unload.
Result: The Load screen displays the load files
(services) on the memory stick.
4. Tap the Memory Stick file on the Load screen to
begin the load process.
Result: A progress bar displays during the route
load process.
Figure 156: Tap to load route
When the load process is complete, the main menu
displays showing the Read Route option with the
number of services, and the Load/Unload option
with the date and time of the load.
Figure 157: Main menu after route is loaded
5. Remove the memory stick from the handheld
USB port. The route is ready to be read.
Unload Route
1. Insert the memory stick into the USB port at the
bottom of the handheld.
2. From the ORION Field Application main menu,
tap Load/Unload.
Result: The Unload screen displays the files (services)
ready to unload.
3. Tap the Memory Stick file on the Unload screen
to begin the unload process.
Result: The route files unload to the memory stick.
When the unload process is complete, the main
menu displays showing the Load/Unload option
with the date and time of the unload.
4. Remove the memory stick from the handheld
USB port. The unload files are ready for RDMS.
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Figure 158: Tap to unload route
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Using versaprobe with bluetooth
USING VERSAPROBE WITH BLUETOOTH
IIMPORTAN
The VersaProbe should physically be within 10 feet of the handheld to set up a successful wireless connection and the
battery should be fully charged.
Place the VersaProbe in Discovery Mode
This process places the VersaProbe in discovery mode so it can be recognized with the Bluetooth connection. If performed
correctly, this step only needs to done once.
1. Squeeze and hold the trigger of the VersaProbe.
Result: You will see a series of messages on the
VersaProbe display and hear three beeps.
After the third beep, the message “RELEASE BUTTON
NOW TO DISCOVER” is displayed.
2. Release the trigger.
Result: The VersaProbe is in discovery mode.
NNOTE: The VersaProbe remains in discovery mode
for five minutes during which time the
VersaProbe emits a fast ticking sound. The
Bluetooth connection to the handheld
must be made before the discovery mode
connection times out.
Figure 159: VersaProbe in discovery mode
Set up the VersaProbe Bluetooth Connection on the Handheld
This process prepares the Bluetooth to recognize the VersaProbe.
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
Go to Windows Start> Settings> Bluetooth.
Tap to select Mode in the selection bar at the top of the screen.
Check the box to "Turn on Bluetooth."
Tap to select Devices in the selection bar.
Tap Add new device.
Result: The system searches for the VersaProbe. When found, the serial number is displayed.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.
Tap to select the VersaProbe serial number. Then tap Next.
When requested, enter four zeroes (0000) in the passcode field to establish a secure Bluetooth connection. Tap Next.
Tap to select COM Ports in the selection bar.
Tap New Outgoing Port.
When the VersaProbe serial number displays, tap to select it. Then tap Next.
11. Select the COM port. Valid COM ports are COM 8 and COM 9.
The secure connection check box should remain checked.
12. Tap Finish.
Result: The VersaProbe serial number and new COM port is displayed. The Bluetooth connection on the handheld
is complete.
13. Tap OK to return to the Windows home screen.
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Set the VersaProbe COM Port on the Handheld
1. Access the main menu in the ORION Field Application software on the handheld. If you need help, go to "Program
Startup and Exit" on page 9.
2. Select Settings> Hardware Options to set the COM port for the VersaProbe. For additional information, see
"VersaProbe Touch Pad Reads" on page 19.
3. Tap Back twice to close the Settings screens and return to the main menu.
Initializing the VersaProbe Bluetooth Connection with the Handheld
IIMPORTAN
Do not access the ORION Field Application software on the handheld until you perform steps 1 and 2.
1. Squeeze and hold the VersaProbe trigger.
2. When the message "RELEASE BUTTON NOW TO CONNECT" is displayed, release the trigger.
Result: The Bluetooth connection will initialize and you will hear a “ticking" sound.
3. Access the ORION Field Application software on the handheld. The ticking stops shortly after accessing Read Route.
NNOTE: If there is no touch account in the route, the ticking does not stop.
4. Perform the read normally.
Terminating the VersaProbe Bluetooth Connection
1. When you finish reading, exit the ORION Field Application software.
2. The Bluetooth Connection may disable automatically. If the VersaProbe begins ticking, press and release the trigger
to disable the connection.
Result: The display confirms the Bluetooth connection has ended, then goes blank.
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Troubleshooting
TROUBLESHOOTING
Communications Error
The correct COM port must be set for any hardware attached to the handheld. See "Hardware Options" on page 50 and "Valid
COM Ports" on page 93 for additional information.
Performing a Quick Read While Route Reading
If you are using the ORION Field Application route reading software and attempt to access the ORION Endpoint Utility
software to perform a Quick Read without first exiting the ORION Field Application, you will trigger a Transceiver
Communications Error as shown here.
Figure 160: Error occurs when trying to access two applications at the same time
The ORION Endpoint Utility is a separate software application. To access, you must properly exit the ORION Field Application
software. If you need help, see "Program Startup and Exit" on page 9. Then go to Windows Start> Badger Field
Applications> ORION Endpoint Utility to access the ORION Endpoint Utility.
Clearing the Error
If you receive the Transceiver Communications Error, tap Cancel.
Then tap the Menu button and select Exit to return to route reading.
To perform a Quick Read while route reading, use the Quick Read option from the account read screen menu. See "Quick
Read" on page 42 for complete information.
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Technical support
TECHNICAL SUPPORT
Errors do not normally occur, so it is important to report all occurrences of error windows to Badger Meter Technical Support.
NNOTE: Trouble Codes and/or information from any notes created in Comments Codes/Messages can be useful when
reporting a problem to Technical Support.
What to Report
Provide the following information if possible when contacting Technical Support:
•
The handheld screen that was active
•
The steps being performed at the time
•
Any entries that were made on the screen
•
The error message, including any error code and explanation that is shown
•
The current condition of the laptop
The Technical Support Specialist may request you to fax notes or other information to assist in the investigation.
Contact Badger Meter Technical Support by phone, email or fax
Phone: 800-456-5023
Email:
TechSupport@BadgerMeter.com
Fax:
888-371-5982
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