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User Manual ZENNER Device Manager Basic

  1. Product description
  2. Downloading the application (app)
  3. Functions
  4. Selection Menu
  5. CONFIGURATION
  6. KEY MANAGER
  7. READ OUT MANAGER
  8. START READOUT
  9. Contact

1 Product description

The ZENNER Device Manager Basic for mobile devices with the Android operating system is a wireless M-Bus readout and configuration application. The app enables radio reception and processing of data telegrams from wireless M-Bus capable measuring instruments. It can therefore be used for walk-by or drive-by meter reading. In addition to radio readout, the app offers the option of configuring measuring instruments via infrared or via their respective interface.

The radio reading offers two procedures. It can be read out via a so-called “guided reading”. Only devices that are saved in a ready-made readout list are read out here. Alternatively, there is the option of a “free readout”. In this case, the radio telegrams of all measuring instruments within range are received.

2 Downloading the application (app)

2.1 System requirements for the mobile device

  • Android operating system 6.0 or higher
  • Camera-compatible mobile device
  • Bluetooth interface
  • NFC interface

2.2 Instructions for downloading the ZENNER Device Manager Basic

  1. Register in the ZENNER portal (https://mssportal.zenner.com) under the “Register for App” heading

2.   After you have successfully saved your entry, you will receive an e-mail with a confirmation link for completing your registration. Please follow the link.

3.   You will now be asked to enter an access password. Enter and confirm a password of your choice.

4.   You will then receive a customer number for the portal. You can log in with this and the password you have specified.

5.   Under the “My App” tab you will find the installation file for the ZENNER Device Manager Basic and a number of templates for uploading lists. On the same page you can generate a QR code that can be used to activate the app on a mobile device.

6.   Select the installation file (*.apk) and download this

7.   Generate a QR code for yourself

8.   Copy the *.apk file to your Android mobile device

9.   Allow installation from external sources in the settings: Settings/Biometrics and security/Install unknown apps. Select the data source here and move the following slider to “Allow from this source”. The process may differ depending on the Android version. Now you can install the *.apk.

2.3 Commissioning the ZENNER Device Manager Basic

When starting the app, a one-time authentication is required. Note: You will need a stable Internet connection for this. Scan the QR code provided to you.

1.   Open the ZENNER Device Manager Basic

2.   You will now be prompted to scan the QR code from the ZENNER portal. To do this, press “SCAN QR CODE”

3.   The app requires access to the mobile device’s camera to scan it. If you have not already done so, provide access for this via the device settings. To do this, simply press “OK” in the pop-up window that appears.

4.   After approval has been granted, a camera frame appears in the app. Place the QR code so that it is fully visible in this frame.

5.   The QR code is read automatically. Once complete, a confirmation page will appear and you will be redirected to the start page of the ZENNER Device Manager Basic.

3 Functions

You can access all the important areas of the ZENNER Device Manager Basic via the homepage.

  • READ OUT MANAGER: Here you can upload readout lists.
    • START READOUT: In this area, all wireless M-Bus-capable measuring instruments within range can be received. Readout based on readout lists is also possible. In this case, only the measuring instruments that have been stored in the readout list are read out.
    • CONFIGURATION:  Here, measuring instruments can be configured for initial installation.
    • KEY MANAGER: The radio keys for the devices to be read out can be stored there with the serial number.
    • The selection menu at the top left takes you to the PAIRING, SETTINGS, INSTRUCTIONS and GENERAL areas.

4 Selection Menu

4.1 Settings

In the settings, the app sounds, the language of the app, the time zone and the data export can be set.

4.1.1 Language

The ZENNER Device Manager Basic supports languages German and English. If the language of your mobile device is German or English, the app adopts this language. If another device language is set, the language of the app is set to English.

4.1.2 Time settings

The time zone used is displayed in this area. The ZENNER Device Manager Basic adopts the time zone from the device settings of the mobile device used.

4.1.3 Data export

In data export, the file format, the storage location and the storage function for the export files from the configuration, logger or readout can be adjusted. In data export, the file format, the storage location and the storage function can be adjusted.

  • READ OUT MANAGER: Here you can upload readout lists.
    • START READOUT: In this area, all wireless m-bus-capable measuring instruments within range can be received. Readout based on readout lists is also possible. In this case, only the measuring instruments that have been stored in the readout list are read out.
    • CONFIGURATION:  Here, measuring instruments can be configured for initial installation.
    • KEY MANAGER: The radio keys for the devices to be read out can be stored there with the serial number.
    • The selection menu at the top left takes you to the PAIRING, SETTINGS, INSTRUCTIONS and GENERAL areas.

4.2 INSTRUCTIONS

Under INSTRUCTIONS you will find brief descriptions of the respective functions of the app. Detailed instructions can be found in this operating manual.

4.3 GENERAL INFORMATION

GENERAL includes information on how to contact us for support, the underlying terms and conditions, and data protection information.

4.4 PAIRING

The pairing area allows you to pair your MinoConnect with your smartphone.  To connect the MinoConnect, please make sure that …

  • … your MinoConnect is switched on
  • … that your MinoConnect is not connected/paired to any other device

As the connection can only be established via the Bluetooth settings of your mobile device, there are two ways to connect:

1. Directly via the settings/Bluetooth of your mobile device: Search for Bluetooth devices and as soon as MinoConnectRadio is displayed “Pair/connect” the devices.

2. In the app, you also have the option of accessing the device settings via the Pairing menu.

  • To do this, press the CONNECT button in the PAIRING menu item.
  • The Bluetooth settings of your mobile device open.
  • Now search for visible Bluetooth devices. Once MinoConnectRadio is displayed, “Pair/Connect” the devices.

When you open the app again, you will find yourself in the PAIRING menu and the connected MinoConnectRadio will be displayed.

5 CONFIGURATION

In the CONFIGURATION area, you can configure your ZENNER measuring instruments and/or read out the logger data. Depending on the measuring instrument, the connection is established via infrared interface or NFC interface. Firstly select one of the two options.

5.1 Infrared interface (IR)

For this purpose, your MinoConnectRadio must be connected to your mobile device. The MinoConnectRadio must be equipped with an opto head.

1.   To configure a device, a prior readout is required. To do this, please position the opto head at the designated point of the ZENNER device to be configured and then press READ OUT.

2.   Following a successful readout, you will see the parameters of the device. Parameters marked with a “wheel” icon can be changed.

3.   Press the “wheel” icon of the parameter to be changed. Now you can make the desired setting. Depending on the parameter, this is possible by entering it or by selecting it in the drop-down menu.

4.   After you have made all the desired changes, reposition the opto head in the place provided on the device and press the “WRITE” button.

5.   Following successful configuration, the confirmation sign of the app appears.

6.   If you now read out the device again, the newly configured settings are displayed.

Using the arrow key you have the option of viewing more details of the respective parameter.

5.2 NFC interface (NFC)

The prerequisite for configuration via the NFC interface is that your mobile device is NFC-capable.

  1. To configure a device, a prior readout is required. To do this, select NFC and position the NFC interface of the mobile device at the designated point of the ZENNER measuring instrument. As soon as an NFC connection has been established, the readout process starts automatically.

2.   Following a successful readout, you will see the parameters of the device. Parameters marked with a “wheel” icon can be changed.

3.   Press the “wheel” icon of the parameter to be changed. Now you can make the desired setting. Depending on the parameter, this is possible by entering it or by selecting it in the drop-down menu.

4.   After you have made all the desired changes, press the “WRITE” button and reposition the NFC interface of your mobile device at the designated location on the ZENNER measuring instrument. As soon as the connection has been established, the overwriting begins.

5.   Following successful configuration, the confirmation sign of the app appears.

6.   If you now read out the device again, the newly configured settings are displayed.

Using the arrow key you have the option of viewing more details of the respective parameter.

5.3 Reading out logger data

The prerequisite for configuration via the NFC interface is that your mobile device is NFC-capable.

  1. The device must firstly be read out. Please note position 1 of infrared interface or NFC interface.
  2. Following successful readout, the icon for logger (log) appears in the top right area of the screen.
  3. By pressing the logger icon, the logger data is displayed
  4. The logger data is saved by pressing the export button

6 KEY MANAGER

The KEY MANAGER gives you the option of importing, editing or deleting your ZENNER  devices with the associated AES KEYS. The import can be performed either by downloading a CSV file (all necessary information must be stored in this file in advance) or by manually entering it in the ZENNER Device Manager Basic itself. You can conveniently download a blank file from the ZENNER Customer Portal.

6.1 Download the CSV file

  1. Save the CSV file to your mobile device (SD card or device memory) in advance.
  2. Now open the ZENNER Device Manager Basic and go to the KEY MANAGER.
  3. Now press the import icon in KEY MANAGER. This will take you to the device memory of your mobile device.
  4. Navigate to the location of the CSV file.
  5. Click on the file once to download it.
  6. On the KEY MANAGER homepage, you will now find all the devices that are stored in the CSV file, including the AES KEY.

The “Back button” on your mobile device takes you back to the ZENNER Device Manager Basic without downloading.

6.2 Manual care

  1. Open the KEY MANAGER.
  2. Press the plus icon in the KEY MANAGER.
  3. Enter the serial number and the AES KEY (radio key) in the lines provided. You can also optionally enter the full serial number. (Serial number full is the number of the radio module for devices with a separate radio module. For devices with an integrated radio module, such as the ZENNER heat meter, the serial number and serial number full are identical).
  4. Then press SAVE
  5. On the KEY MANAGER homepage, you will now find all the devices that are stored in the CSV file, including the AES KEY.

6.3 MANAGING THE STORED ZENNER DEVICES

On its homepage, the KEY MANAGER shows you all the ZENNER measuring instruments already stored. Briefly tapping on a measuring instrument in the list opens a pop-up window with the serial number and the stored AES KEY.

Delete:

  • If you swipe the measuring instrument to be deleted to the left, the “Delete” symbol appears. Press the delete icon to delete the measuring instrument.
  • If you want to remove several measuring instruments from the list, press and hold one of the measuring instruments to be deleted. You now have the option to select several measuring instruments or to select all of them by pressing “Select all”. Now press the delete icon to delete all the selected measuring instruments. Confirm the following pop-up by pressing “Delete” and the selected measuring instruments will be deleted. Select “Cancel” to cancel the deletion process.

7 READ OUT MANAGER

Readout lists can be read in and managed in the Read Out Manager. You can conveniently download a blank file from the ZENNER Customer Portal.

7.1 READING IN A READOUT LIST

  1. Press the search icon
  2. Enter the name of the readout list you are looking for in the search field
  3. You will now only be shown readout lists that match your search

7.2 SEARCHING READOUT LISTS

  1. Press on a readout list to be deleted for about two seconds
  2. The selected readout list is now marked and you have the option of selecting further readout lists
  3. Now mark all the readout lists that are to be deleted
  4. Press the delete icon and confirm again on the pop-up that appears afterwards

7.3 Deleting readout lists

  1. Press on a readout list to be deleted for about two seconds
  2. The selected readout list is now marked and you have the option of selecting further readout lists
  3. Now mark all the readout lists that are to be deleted
  4. Press the delete icon and confirm again on the pop-up that appears afterwards

8 START READOUT

In this area you start the readout. Using the drop-down menu, you can select whether all the measuring instruments in the reception range of the MinoConnectRadio are to be read out or the measuring instruments from one of the stored readout lists.

  • Pressing the “START READ OUT” button starts the read-out process.
  • After the readout process has started, an empty list is displayed that fills up as soon as devices have been received.
  • A counter bar indicates how many devices have been received during “free readout”. The bar is displayed as “full” from 50 devices, but is also received and counted beyond that.
  • If you have selected a readout list, the bar shows you the percentage progress according to the readout list.

Icons:

8.1 Filters

By pressing the filter icon, you can filter the received measuring instruments by serial number, OBIS indicator or manufacturer.

Filter by serial number

  1. Press the filter icon.
  2. By entering a serial number, only measuring instruments with the entered serial number are shown. It is also possible to filter by parts of a serial number. The fewer characters you enter, the less the result list will be restricted.
  3. Press “FILTER” to update the list according to your preferences.

Filter by serial number

  1. Press the filter icon.
  2. By entering an OBIS indicator, only measuring instruments that match the entry will be displayed.
  3. Press “FILTER” to update the list according to your preferences.

Filter by serial number

  1. Press the filter icon.
  2. By entering a manufacturer’s abbreviation (such as ZRI for ZENNER International), only measuring instruments that match the entry will be shown.
  3. Press “FILTER” to update the list according to your preferences.

8.2 Sorting

By pressing the SORT icon in the middle, the received measuring instruments can be sorted by serial number, OBIS indicator or manufacturer.

  • Press the “Sort” icon.
  • In the following pop-up window, select the criterion by which you want to sort the list.
  • Press “OK” and the list will be updated according to your specifications.

8.3 Exporting data

The data export is carried out automatically after each readout if you have selected automatic export in the settings. With the “Manual export” setting, the data needs to be saved manually by pressing the Export icon. If you forgot to do so, the app will ask if you want to save the unsaved data before exiting the Readout menu.

Manual export:

  1. End readout process
  2. Press Export icon
  3. The following pop-up shows you the location of the file

9 CONTACT

ZENNER International GmbH & Co. KG
Heinrich Barth Str. 29
66115 Saarbrücken
Germany


E-Mail:                  info@zenner.com
Phone:                 +49 681 99 676-30
Internet:                www.zenner.de / www.zenner.com