ECM user manual
Emeris Communication Manager
Valid for software version 3.31b
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5
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Introduction ......................................................................................................................... 3
Installation ........................................................................................................................... 3
2.1
Install an update ......................................................................................................... 5
Program ............................................................................................................................... 6
Use of the modules .............................................................................................................. 7
4.1
Module C.................................................................................................................... 7
4.1.1 Connection ............................................................................................................. 8
4.1.2 Radio module search and list ................................................................................. 9
4.1.3 Radio module properties ...................................................................................... 10
4.1.4 Datalogger and alarms.......................................................................................... 10
4.1.5 Data logger ........................................................................................................... 11
4.1.6 Leak alarm............................................................................................................ 12
4.1.7 Burst alarm ........................................................................................................... 13
4.1.8 Status .................................................................................................................... 13
4.2
Module D.................................................................................................................. 14
4.2.1 Operation .............................................................................................................. 14
4.2.2 Database input fields ............................................................................................ 15
4.2.3 Filter function ....................................................................................................... 16
4.2.4 History.................................................................................................................. 18
4.2.5 Print ...................................................................................................................... 19
4.2.6 Map....................................................................................................................... 21
Module M .......................................................................................................................... 23
5.1
Installation ................................................................................................................ 23
5.1.1 Installation of a new version of Module M .......................................................... 25
5.2
Installation of the Bluetooth antenna in Windows Mobile 5 ................................... 26
5.3
Installation of the Bluetooth antenna in Windows Mobile 6 ................................... 27
5.4
Program adjustment.................................................................................................. 29
5.5
Preparation and transfer of the route data ................................................................ 31
5.6
Initialise and start the read out with the PDA .......................................................... 32
5.6.1 Enter meter reading manually .............................................................................. 33
5.6.2 Radio module parameterisation............................................................................ 33
5.6.3 Edit measurement point texts ............................................................................... 34
5.6.4 Visualization during the readout .......................................................................... 34
5.7
Transfer of completed routes back in the EMERIS Communication Manager ....... 35
Parameterization of the radio module / Initiating before mounting .................................. 36
6.1.1 Insert radio module addresses in Module C ......................................................... 36
6.1.2 Parameterization of all radio modules in one step ............................................... 37
6.1.3 Create data base entry with radio module reference ............................................ 39
6.1.4 Local radio module read out................................................................................. 41
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1 Introduction
The following manual describes how to install and use the Emeris Communication Manager (ECM)
Software in the version 3.22c.
Basically the software is divided in the configuration module C and the database module D.
The ECM data can also be transferred to a PDA via Module M and to the Elster Route Manager
(ERM). The next chapters explain the most important features, which are relevant for the
parameterisation, the read out and the transfer of the meter data.
2 Installation
Put the installation CD in the CD-drive and open the folder ECM. Start the “Setup.exe” file.
Now you can see the following picture on your screen:
Choose NEXT.
Select the path where you want to install the ECM Software.
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Set the radio button on “Just me” if you want to be the only user who is able to run the program. If
you choose “Everyone”, all Users on this PC can use the program.
Afterwards click NEXT.
You confirmed all necessary data. To start the installation click NEXT.
After finishing the installation you see the window INSTALLATION COMPLETE.
The installation was successful and a shortcut was created at your desktop.
Start the program with a double click on the ECM short cut.
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Installation under Windows Vista:
If you use windows vista as operating system on your PC, there might be some problems with the
user rights.
After the installation of the Emeris Communication Manager (ECM) on a Windows Vista PC the
following steps has to be done manually:
• Launch C:\Windows\RegEdit.exe
• Create "HKey_Local_Machine \ Software \ ELSTER Messtechnik GmbH"
• Right click on "ELSTER Messtechnik GmbH" and select Rights / User / full access
• Create "HKey_Local_Machine \ Software \ MTec"
• Right click on "MTec" and select Rights / User / full access
• Launch "Windows Explorer" and make a right click on C:\Program files\Emeris Communication
Manager". Select "Properties" and then "Security / User / Advanced"
• Click on "User / Edit"
• In the next window click again on "User / Edit"
• Select "Full access" and close the window with "OK"
• Close the other 3 open windows also with "OK"
2.1 Install an update
To install a new version of the ECM software be sure that you de-install the old version first. If you
de-install your old version all of your custom data, like data base entries and meter readings, is still
stored on your PC.
To delete the software follow these steps:
Open the menu “Software” by clicking “Start” “Settings” “control panel”
Double-click the folder “Software” and choose the entry “Emeris Communication Manager”
Now click the button „Delete“ and follow the orders on your screen
To install the new ECM version follow the descriptions in Point 2 in this manual.
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3 Program
After the double click on the ECM short cut you can see the following image on your screen:
Click on the tab LICENCE and then SET LICENCE.
To use the software please enter your registration code for module C and / or module D.
To use the demo version check the Demo License box and press OK.
Now you can use the software.
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4 Use of the modules
4.1 Module C
To start Module C, press the „Configuration Module C” button.
You use Module C to parameterise the TRC 600 radio module. First connect the TRC 604 radio
modem and choose the related COM Port via the selection box in the upper left of Module C.
To communicate with a radio module enter the 15-digit radio address in the available address field.
The last 3-digits on the radio module are a checksum, to control if the address is correct.
If you don’t know the address, you can set the radio button on “Search radio Modules” I the upper
right of the program and press the “Search radio Modules” button afterwards.
The software initiates a search for all radio modules that are in range. When the search is completed,
a window shows the number and the intensity of the radio modules.
It’s also possible to load a TRC list file. First activate the radio button “File with TRC list” and
choose the path of the list file. Then, the address field just contains the radio modules from the list
file.
When you chose the address of a radio module, click on the button “Read”. The radio module data is
now available.
The following image shows the form of Module C:
Radio module search
and list
Connection
Radio
module
properties
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Datalogger
and alarms
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4.1.1 Connection
COM-Interface the
USB-antenna is
connected
Choose between the
different radio
module addresses
With the 3-digit checksum
you can verify if the 15digit radio address was
Here you can choose
maximum 3 repeaters,
to improve the readout distance (s. figure
„Repeater“)
„Click“ and the
actual value will
be updated
„Click“ and all
saved alarms will
be set back
„Click“ and the
selected radio
module is read
out
The communication
distance of a radio
module can be
improved with up to 3
repeaters.
First repeater address
is the repeater that is
the closest to the read
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changed parameters
are transmitted into the
selected radio module
Repeater is active, as soon as
an address is input. In the left
figure 2 repeaters are
activated.
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4.1.2 Radio module search and list
You can load a radio
module list (*.txt) that
contains your radio
module addresses.
By „click“ all radio
modules in range are
searched. After the
search you can search
them via the radio
module address field.
By „click“ you see a logbook
(s. figure „Logbook“) with
information about the time
and date when the parameters
of a radio module were
changed
List contains time stamps and
radio addresses. Informs when
and which radio module was
parameterised or settings were.
File path where the log
data is saved on the PC
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4.1.3 Radio module properties
Number of pulses. Can
be parameterised
Number of channels
the radio module
got. Attention: Don’t
set a 2-channel radio
module to 3 or 4
channel mode!
Current meter
reading. When you
install the radio
module adopt the
meter reading to the
radio module
The unit of the meter
reading
Starts „Database
Module D“ and
shows the
corresponding
entry to the radio
module and the
channel. If no
entry is available a
new one is created.
Setting of the
pulse value of
each channel
Time and date value from
the intern PC-clock
Time deviation
of the radio
module to the
PC-clock can
be set
4.1.4 Datalogger and alarms
Actual time
deviation of the
radio module
(compared to the
PC-clock)
Information about
the status of the
alarm functions of
each channel.
B: Burst alarm
L: Leak alarm
Activates or
deactivates the alarm
functions. The
parameterisation
happens in
„Additional
Data logger function (s. fig.
DataLog)
Leak alarm function (s. fig. Leak
alarm)
Burst alarm function (s. fig. Burst
alarm)
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4.1.5 Data logger
Choose if and in
what time interval
the data logger stores
the meter readings.
Attention:
Radio module can
store up to 12 meter
readings for each
channel. If you use
just one channel, 24
meter readings can
be stored
Define the start-/ store
time of the data logger
function
Shows when and how
often a meter reading is
stored
Attention: If the data logger is already activated and you want to change the logging period, first
deactivate the data logger!
The submitted radio protocol is as short as possible to assure a long battery life time. For this reason
only the last data logger value got a time stamp. If you now just change the logger interval the old
values are wrong interpreted and the history gets useless.
By deactivating the data logger all recent logger values are erased automatically.
Explanation how to change the logger period:
Read radio module (data logger values are stored in the history in Module D) Turn data logger off
write the changed values into the radio module (“Write” button) reactivate the data logger with
the new intervals write the changed values into the radio module (“Write” button) again
Note: The data logger is automatically deactivated by changing the time in the radio module
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4.1.6 Leak alarm
Duration, when the threshold of the
flow rate must be exceeded to release
the alarm.
Max. 255 minutes, parameterise bigger
values with the multiplicator.
Attention: The duration time applies
The threshold (in pulses)
shows what flow, in the
set duration time, causes
an alarm
Parameterisation
for channel 1. If
more channels
are activated
they can be
parameterised,
too.
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measurement
duration via the
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4.1.7 Burst alarm
The duration is the timer when the
threshold of the flow rate must be
exceeded to release the alarm.
Max. 255 minutes, parameterise bigger
values with the multiplicator.
Attention: The duration time applies
The threshold (in pulses)
shows what amount of
flow, in the set duration
time, causes an alarm
Parameterisation
of channel 1. If
more channels
are activated
they can be
parameterised,
too.
Increase the
measurement
duration via the
multiplicator. If
you don’t want to
change the
duration set the
multiplicator on
“1“
4.1.8 Status
No relevance for
users
Shows the alarm status
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4.2 Module D
In the database module D all information about the individual measuring points and the inserted
radio modules is shown. Here the operator can store information over the measuring point, the meter,
the radio module and the customers.
Apart from this fundamental information there is the possibility to represent the meter progress also
graphically and alphanumerically and to export the data base to Excel.
4.2.1 Operation
After starting module D the following window appears:
Buttons
Register
With the “Buttons“ new data records can be put on, copies by existing records can be created and
individual entries can be deleted.
Over the arrow keys you can switch between the individual data base entries. By the Button „filters
“and special keywords can the number of indicated data records can be limited.
„History“ forms a graphic diagram by the stored meter readings of the measuring point. The
indicated period and the representational form can be selected freely.
If a measuring point is to be read out directly, Module C can be opened directly for over the Button
“Read” and the indicated radio module address is inserted automatically.
Data base contents can be transferred also to Excel or to the EMERIS route manager. For this the
Button „Import/Export“is used.
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4.2.2 Database input fields
To use and import/export the data records, it is important that the yellow deposited fields, in every
register, are filled out and that the “measurement point no.” (in register “Measurement point”) is
entered unique in every data base entry.
The entry “pulse rate per unit” (in register meter) must be correctly entered, in order to guarantee the
correct processing of the selected values.
In order to activate the data acquisition over a radio module it is important that in the register „Meter
interface unit“ the data acquisition is set on „Radio TRC600“. The „Radio TRA500“ is the older
radio system of ELSTER. Since 2005, all sold radio components are of the type TRC600. The
system „Versa probe“ is an Encoder similar logging system, which picks up the data by a Handheld.
The meter interface module is powered inductively by the Handheld.
In addition to this it is necessary to enter the correct 15-digits long radio address and the associated
channel („Channel no.“). When Repeaters are used, the radio address must be entered, too.
Note: If several Repeater are used, consider that „Repeater 1“ is the nearest to the person who reads
out the data!
All further „white coloured fields“ did not contain necessary information for a successful radio
transmission or an evaluation of the data. They only serve the clarity for the user.
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4.2.3 Filter function
With the filter function the number of indicated measuring points can be limited.
If lot data base entries are deposited, it is difficult to reach a measuring point entry over the arrow
keys. The direct selection of a measuring point is possible with the filter function. As many as
necessary references can be used, to minimize the number of indicated measuring points.
In general, this function works as a „and“ filter. Thus, only these measuring points are indicated,
which somewhere contain the entered word or the entered words in the measuring point description.
It doesn’t matter in which field the appropriate words are deposited. During the input of several
search words, these must not be deposited in the same description field.
In the following example the words “ELSTER“ and „Otto-Hahn-Straße“ must be in the measuring
point entry. (ELSTER in the field „Name“ and “Otto-Hahn-Straße” in the field “Street “)
Note: Upper and lower case are to be considered in the filter function absolutely!
When you, for example, search for all entries of a certain road, it is possible that the street name
exists out of several words, like e.g. Lorscher Weg.
In order to look for exactly these entries, “Lorscher Weg” must be entered into the filter text (with
quotation marks!). Then only the measuring points appear in those „Lorscher Weg “ is entered in one
measuring point field (here „Street“).
It is also possible to enter just a part of the searched term. When you search for entries similar to
„Otto-Hahn-Straße“, it is enough to enter “Otto-Hahn” (with or without quotation marks) or „Otto
Hahn“ (without quotation marks) into the filter.
A further helpful filter function can be used over the abbreviations of the measuring point entries.
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You can see in the illustration that there are some abbreviations in the register „Metering point data“.
[Na] symbolises the Name, [St] is the Street, etc.
Note: The accurate abbreviation must be entered into the filter.
e.g.: [Na]=ELSTER
The upper and lower case are also of crucial importance.
A search like the following would lead to no result:
e.g.: [na]=ELSTER or [NA]=ELSTER
With this filter variant no blank may follow after the angular clammy and after the equal character.
As criteria also several abbreviations can be used. These are separated by a blank.
e.g.: [Na]=ELSTER [St]=Otto
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4.2.4 History
By the history the meter progress can be plotted during the entire time or a certain period. The
history uses the actual read out data from the radio module and the saved data logger values, if
available.
Value
Plotted Time line
Metering point
No.
Setting of the
diagram type
Metering point
selection and
activating the
filter function
Information
about the
Metering point
(Measurement
point data and
Meter data)
Graphical view
with the
corresponding
value of the
actual cursor
position
In the history view any measuring point can be indicated over the metering point selection field. The
filter function works exactly the same as descript in chapter 4.2.3.
In order to be able to limit the indicated range individually, an initial date and a final date can be
entered. As soon as at one of the two entries a change is made here, the marking changes on the point
„Show Range” automatically. It is Important to enter a correct date in the format „DD.MM.YYYY “.
Otherwise the appropriate date field is deposited red and an evaluation is not possible.
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The information about the measuring point on the left display screen page, contains the following
entries:
- Measuring point name
- Street
- Zip code, Town
- Measurement Point No.
- Meter Type
- Meter size
- Meter number
- Pulse rate per unit
- Reading cycle
- Minimum consumption
- Maximum consumption
If nothing is deposited in one of these input fields, the appropriate line remains empty.
4.2.5 Print
Starting from the ECM version 3.01b there is the possibility to print the consumption data and
invoices in Module D. For this reason the register “Print” was added.
Additionally to the new register there is another “Print”-button in the upper list.
You can select
whether the
consumption data
or the invoice is
printed.
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If the Button “Print” from the upper list is pressed, you can select between the consumption data or
the invoice that is printed. Subsequently, all filtered metering points are printed. If no metering
points are filtered, all existing metering points are printed!
In order to print a single metering point, first the metering point must be selected.
Afterwards, one period must be selected in the consumption table. This period may consist only of a
starting date and a final date!
If you don’t add a „report-/invoice address “, the address from the register „Measurement point“ is
used.
Apart from individual terms of payment or comments also the individual prices and tax rates for
water, waste water and meter deployment can be set.
If all necessary inputs are made, start the print via the „Print” Button under „Terms of
payment/comments“.
Now a Word-document opens, in which you click on “activate macros“. Afterwards the print is
started.
The basic layout of the consumption data/invoice can be individually adapted.
For this, open the Word file „PrintMacroVorlage.dot“ in the installation listing. Normally the path is:
C:\Programme\EMERIS Communication Manager\ ECM \ Custom DATA
When you changed the Word file after your needs, you must store it again under the same file name.
Note: Here it is particularly necessary to save the data in the file format .dot
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4.2.6 Map
The Map function allows you to insert different maps of the meter locations. You can use every JPG
or BMP files.
To insert a new map follow these steps:
-
Make a map screenshot out of e.g. Google Maps or Microsoft Virtual Earth. Remember the
terrestrial coordinate of the map in the upper left and in the lower right corner.
- Save the map as JPG or BMP file. The file name is individual (e.g. Lampertheim01.jpg)
- Copy the file to the folder:
C:\Programme\Emeris Communication Manager\ECM\Custom data\Map
- Create a .txt file with the name of the JPG or BMP file (in our case Lampertheim01.txt) and
insert the text:
Erdkoordinate auf Karte oben-links / Terrestrial coordinate of the map in the upper left
corner
Breite / Latitude: 0° 0' 0'' N
Länge / Longitude: 0° 0' 0'' O
Erdkoordinate auf Karte unten-rechts / Terrestrial coordinate of the map in the lower right
corner
Breite / Latitude: 0° 0' 0'' N
Länge / Longitude: 0° 0' 0'' O
-
Replace the “0” with the coordinates of your map.
You can also use a demo “txt” file and save it with a new name.
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After you saved the “txt” and the graphic file, you can open ECM go to Module D in the register
“Map” and click on “Show map”. Now you can define a map to every Measurement point in
your database.
Change the
actual
displayed
map for this
measurement
point
Context
menu by
clicking the
right mouse
button
You can set the different radio modules on the map by clicking the right mouse button
somewhere in the map view.
The icons used can be designed individually. Save your own “.ico” graphic (ONLY a resolution
of 32x32 WORKS) in the folder:
C:\Programme\Emeris Communication Manager\ECM\Custom data
and be sure your file name starts with “map” (e.g. “mapCustom Flag.ico”)
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5 Module M
The ECM Module M is used for the transmission of routes to and from a PDA or Smartphone with
Windows Mobile operating system. In connection with the TRC604 B Bluetooth antenna you can
start a radio based read-out.
5.1 Installation
First you must activate the Module M extension with the licence code (compare point 3 „Program“).
You need to check if the program „Active Sync “from Microsoft is installed on your computer. If
this is not the case, you can download „Active Sync “free of charge in the world wide web.
After successful installation you must synchronise the PDA with your computer. The
synchronisation assistant should start immediately.
Select a computer name for the PDA and select afterwards the type “Files” which need to be
synchronised. In any case the type „FILES“ must be selected. The program now stores, according to
the standard installation path, a file in the folder „My documents “on your computer.
This usually is:
„PDA description“ My documents
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The path is like:
My documents\ VPA_Touch My documents
Now copy the file „Setup_ECM_M.cab” to your PDA. This file is located in: C:\Programs\ELSTER
Messtechnik GmbH\ECM\System
Start the installation file on your PDA. Answer the safety reference with „Yes“. Then select a storage
location (e.g. PDA or memory card) and wait until the program is installed. Afterwards you receive
the message, that the program „Setup_ECM_M.CAB“ was successfully installed.
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5.1.1 Installation of a new version of Module M
Before you update your software version of Module M, you need to uninstall Module M from your
PDA. To uninstall ECM Module M follow these steps:
Click the „Start“ menu button on your PDA. Choose “Settings” “Remove programs”
Now mark “Elster Messtechnik GmbH ECM-M” and press the “Remove” button.
Confirm the appearing window with „Yes“ and the uninstall process of the old version is completed.
To install the newer version refer to point 5.1 “Installation” in this manual.
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5.2 Installation of the Bluetooth antenna in Windows Mobile 5
The next step is to install the Bluetooth connection between the PDA and the Bluetooth antenna. For
this you go on the PDA into the menu „Connections“ and select Bluetooth. Make sure that the
Bluetooth interface is switched on. Then change into the „Bluetooth Manager“. Select „Paired
devices“ and click on the search symbol on the right bottom. If the Bluetooth antenna is switched on,
you find the equipment „Wavenis Bluetooth Belt“. Select this and enter the password “0000”.
Subsequently, you leave the menu with „ok “. Now you are again in the Bluetooth Manager under
the register „Links“. Select „New“. In the Bluetooth connection assistant choose the point “Scan
Bluetooth device“.
As soon as the Wavenis antenna appears, select it. Within the service selection you mark the function
„Beltbox “and set under „security“ the checkbox with „secure connection“. Subsequently, you click
„Next“.
The initialisation of the Bluetooth antenna is now finished.
The down following illustrations show the steps just described as screen sequence on the PDA.
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5.3 Installation of the Bluetooth antenna in Windows Mobile 6
As next step you parameterise the Bluetooth connection between the PDA and the Bluetooth
antenna. Start the menu „Connections“ on the PDA and select Bluetooth. Look afterwards for all
available Bluetooth devices. If the TRC604 B antenna is switched on, the device „Wavenis
Bluetooth Beltbox“ is found. Select this and add it as a serial connection.
As next you select the button „COM-connections” in the Bluetooth menu.
Input a new outgoing connection with „the Wavenis Bluetooth Beltbox “.
The selected connection should be COM 6. If this connection is not available or cannot be selected
(ex.s: HP IPaq), you can choose any existing COM-Port between COM 1 and COM 9.
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If you need a key or a password during the installation, use „0000“.
If you want the English version of the ECM M Software on your PDA, start the program and choose
via the Menu on the left bottom (“M”) “Options” “Configuration”. After that you can choose
your Language.
If you cannot select COM-Port 6, start ECM-M and choose via “Menu” “Options” “Configuration” the correct COM-Port.
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5.4 Program adjustment
Connection to the antenna:
To check if the installation of the antenna was successful, start the PDA program „Elster ECM-M
“and select in the menu “M” at the left bottom of the screen the point „Create connection to
antenna“. If the installation was successful, the information „Connection with the antenna
successfully established“ appears.
Note: Be sure that the Bluetooth antenna is switched on and is fully loaded!
Data read-out and synchronisation of the radio modules:
In the menu point „Options“ „Configuration“ you can choose whether you want to read out the
data logger values or not. To store them, activate the checkbox in front.
In the register „Clock“ you can determine whether the time of the radio modules is synchronised
with the PDA clock or not.
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If you synchronise the time, pay attention to the following facts:
- If the Datenlogger is activated, it gets deactivated after every time synchronisation! This
depends on the fact that a change of time in the radio module makes the stored data logger
values possibly useless. The deactivated data logger cannot be reactivated by the ECM PDA
software. For this the ECM module C is necessary. (This problem is explained more detailed
in the FAQ´s, question 4)
- Is the data logger deactivated, the time synchronisation has no effect.
- Have you just checked the field „Read time shift PDA/radio module“ there is no effect,
whether you enabled or disabled the data logger.
Indicated fields:
In the menu option „Extras“ and „indication areas“ can be individually activated or deactivated the
represented columns. Here, all fields from the data base can be taken over by ECM module D.
It is advisable to activate the fields which indicate clear metering point identification. Among these
is for example the metering point nr., the road, the place or the meter number.
Manual input:
If you selected a metering point in the ECM-M software, you can store the meter reading manually.
Therefore, select in the menu “manual meter reading input”.
Note: The manually entered meter reading is not written into the radio module!
Momentarily the PDA software offers only read possibility and no write functionality.
Define user rights:
You can define if a PDA user just can read the radio module values or if he also can parameterise,
e.g. the meter reading or the pulse value.
Set the rights under “Options” “Configuration”.
The required password is: admin001
Now choose what kind of rights you want to activate.
The following rights can be chosen:
- Radio modules can be parameterized
- Empty text/data fields (text fields that are not filled out in Module D) can be changed
- Also non empty data/text fields can be changed
Attention: If you activate the last two rights, all changed entries will be copied to module D during
the PDA to PC synchronization.
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5.5 Preparation and transfer of the route data
The routes are created and maintained in the data base module D.
Therefore you need to identify the routes in the register „Measurement point“ „Route no. [Rn]“.
To take up several measuring points to one route, fill in the same entry in the field „Route no“.
To create the routes click on the right upper Button „Import/Export “in module D.
Thereupon the following window opens:
The first step is to insert the path. Enter the location of the synchronization file, which you selected
with the installation of „Active Sync“.
According to standard this is stored in the file „My documents“:
C:\”documents and settings” \“your WINDOWS user name“\My documents \ “your PDA
IDENTIFICATION “My document \
As soon as you entered the path you can press the Button “Create route(s)”.
Thereupon you get a message which routes were created.
The route file ends always with the designation *.xml and „*“ is replaced by your route designation.
If you activated the filter function, you only get the routes of the filtered measurement points.
As soon as you connect the PDA with your PC, Active Sync starts the synchronization of the files
and transfers the routes to the PDA. This can take place manually via the Button „Synchronize“ in
Active Sync.
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5.6 Initialise and start the read out with the PDA
After transferring the files successfully to the PDA, choose the point „Import routes“ in the menu of
the ECM-M software on your PDA or click on the yellow marked arrow, which is directed to the
right.
The following window shows you all available routes on the PDA. Select the route you want to read
out. The system confirms you the loading process of your route. Now choose the measurement point
you want to read and click on the following sign.
Subsequently you get information of the successful or the inaccurate read out.
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5.6.1 Enter meter reading manually
You got the possibility to add measurement points without a radio module to your routes.
The symbol
allows you to enter a meter reading fort he chosen metering point. It’s also possible
to manually enter a meter reading to a radio module equipped meter. This is necessary if the radio
module is broken or the battery is empty. The manually entered meter reading is also transferred to
the history in module D.
In addition to this, you can select different notes in the fields “Code 1 – 3”. And you can enter an
individual comment in the “Comments” field.
5.6.2 Radio module parameterisation
You can parameterise a radio module by clicking the button
after you marked a measurement
point in your route. The radio address field is automatically filled out. Next to the pulse rate and the
meter reading you also can change all functions, similar to module C. For this use the registers:
- Time
- Alarm
- Data logger
In the register „Others“ you can see the actual signal strength and the battery capacity.
To read the values from the radio module press the button
.
To write the changed values into the radio module press the button
.
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5.6.3 Edit measurement point texts
You can change all measurement point texts via the button
.
Every change you make is transferred to the data base module D with the synchronisation.
Attention: You only can change text fields if you set the user rights for this function.
5.6.4 Visualization during the readout
If you load a route with a lot of metering points, you can just show the unread points. First press the
button
and decide what metering points are shown.
You can choose between:
- „Show all measurement points“ All metering points of the loaded route are shown
- „Show unread mp´s“ All metering points of the loaded route are shown, that are not read
yet.
- „Autom. show unread mp´s“ Every read metering point is automatically blanked out after
the successful meter reading.
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5.7 Transfer of completed routes back in the EMERIS Communication
Manager
After the radio modules were read out, the PDA can be attached to the PC. Active Sync then copies
the appropriate route files (*.xnl) into the master directory on the PC. After the synchronization has
finished, select in module D the „Import/Export“ button and then the button „Import route“.
The *.xnl route data file can be chosen in the following window.
The successful import of the route data is confirmed with the following message.
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6 Parameterization of the radio module / Initiating before mounting
In this chapter it is described how to parameterise a larger number of radio modules in the simplest
and fastest way and how to add them to the data base.
For a smooth operational sequence you should have the radio modules right next to you. It does not
matter whether the modules are connected with a meter or not.
6.1.1 Insert radio module addresses in Module C
The more radio modules are used, the more time-consuming it is to add the radio module list in
module C.
First it must be examined whether all radio modules are in range. Subsequently, the Button “Search
Radio Modules” can be pressed.
In a new window the number of found radio modules and receipt strengths appears.
If the program was installed in the standard file, you now find under the indication of path,
C:\Programme\ELSTER Messtechnik GmbH\ECM\Custom data
the txt file: „FoundTRC600.txt “
After opening the file you see a window like the following:
The missing addresses of the not recognized radio modules can be written simply into a new line.
The receipt strength does not have to be entered. Confirm after input of the address with „Return“
and enter the next address.
Note: It is also possible to use a bar code scanner, to scan the radio module addresses and add them
in such easy way to the list. This procedure is recommended starting from a larger number of radio
modules.
In connection with the ELSTER ConText® meters you also can scan the meter number in!
In the next step you need to save the file as a new name. The new name and the new memory place
are selectable. But it is important that the file name is not equal to „FoundTRC600 “and the file
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format remains *.txt.
Subsequently, you close the Txt file and return to the module C of the ECM software.
Via the Button „Path“ you select the former saved Txt file. Then press „Öffnen“ and the list is loaded
into Module C.
Radio module list
Path
Afterwards, the addresses can be selected over the selection field „Radio module list“.
It can be helpful to create different Txt files for the different radio module types. Thus we
recommend providing a list with all radio module addresses deposited in and additionally other lists,
for 1-Channel, 2-Channel and 4-Channel modules. In many cases together with the radio modules
also new meters are installed, so that usually the pulse rate and the meter reading are equal. To save
time it is possible to parameterise a large number of radio modules in one step.
6.1.2 Parameterization of all radio modules in one step
When the list with radio modules is merged in module C, it is possible to make all necessary settings,
such as number of channels, pulse rate, Data logger function, which are valid for all radio modules
from this list with one click.
In order to send the changes to the radio module in the list, press the Button „INIT TRC list“.
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change settings
A reference field appear. By click on „Ja / Yes“, all the changes you adjusted in module C will apply
for all radio modules in the list. If you select „Nein / No“, all parameters, except the number of
channels, are programmed on the radio modules in the list.
The reference display window that appears after every successful parameterisation can be confirmed
by a click on „OK“. This message appears only, if still no data base entry exists to the radio module.
The “Status” text field informs about the current progress of the reprogramming. „Ok“means a
successful programming of the radio module and „nok “a missed programming.
Status
After the successful parameterisation a reference display window appears.
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6.1.3 Create data base entry with radio module reference
Now, that the radio modules are parameterised, directly open module D via the Button „Metering
Point”. Click for example on „Metering point“ at channel 1, then the appropriate data record in
module D is opened. Is the actual radio module not connected to a data base entry, the software
automatically generates a new entry.
Reference to
Module D
The advantage of this function is, that under the register „Meter interface unit” the “Data capture”
selection field must just be set to „Radio TRC600“ and the information like radio address, Channel
No., installation date and installation time is automatically filled out. Also the pulse rate under the
register “Meter” is imported from Module C.
Note: In all 4 registers (Measurement point, Meter, Meter interface unit and Customer data) the
yellow deposited obligation fields must be filled out. This is valid in particular for the entry
„Measurement point No.” under the register „Measurement point“!
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Concluding, the data base can be examined for plausibility over the entry Database „Database
basis test“
This function examines the entries Measurement point No., Radio address and Channel No. for
clarity. An information window announces the plausibility of the data base
or indicates the wrong entries.
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6.1.4 Local radio module read out
Now, that all measuring points in the data base are added and the radio modules are parameterised on
the respective attached meter, the radio modules can be picked out now.
If you now read out, you receive on the one hand the current meter reading, if the data logger
function is activated, it is also read out and on the other hand you get information of released alarms.
There are 3 possibilities to read out the radio modules at the measuring point.
1. Possibility via module C:
If the Txt file with the radio module addresses is selected, the radio address of the actual
measurement point can be chosen. Afterwards press the Button „Read“. All channels of the radio
module are read out and stored in the associated data base entries.
Select the radio
module to read it
out
2. Possibility via module C:
If the radio module address is not well-known or if several radio modules are in range, the modules
can be found by pressing the Button „Search radio modules”. Subsequently, the modules can be
chosen in the selection field. By pressing the button “Read” all channels of the radio module are
read out. Repeat this for every module in the list.
After the last module the point at „File with TRC list“ can be set again. There again the radio module
addresses of the selected Txt file are back in the selection list.
Via „Search radio modules“ all radio
modules in range are acquired. and
added to the address list
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3. Possibility via module D:
In module D the measuring point in the data base, which can be read out, can be selected.
Subsequently, you press the Button „Read“ and the radio module address is automatically inserted in
Module C.
Now you only need to press a second time the Button “Read” in Module C and all channels of the
radio module are read out and automatically stored in the database.
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