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ID386 - Import eAgent Meters - Overview

eAgent can send out requests for meter readings, this process can read responses to those requests and enter the meter reading in eAutomate.

This process will check your mailbox for new emails, parse them, insert meter readings in eAuto, mark the emails as “read”, and move them to a destination folder. Any email that cannot be processed (body doesn’t match the format expected, serial number can’t be found, etc.) will remain in the inbox, so someone should take a look at it periodically to handle the exceptions.

**Please note: in order for this alert to work, the email box collecting these meter reading responses will need to ONLY be for those emails. We can't access an email box with varying types of emails in it. We suggest, if needed, please create a rule in your general email box moving/redirecting these eAgent meter reading responses to its own unique mailbox. That unique mailbox will be what our alert will go to per your variable settings.** 

The alert looks at the standard email response format issued by the eAgent auto send meter task:

 

We recommend you create a new Meter Source in eAutomate called ID386 (default) so you can separate the source from other meter entry types. Variable1 gives you option to have alert automatically consider the meter(s) valid for billing. *IF any meter is listed as virtual in eAuto, then our alert will not pick it up and insert into eAuto.*

**This alert requires information from your IT Department, so please consult with them to update your variable settings. Every variable for this alert is required**

*****We will need access to the email, so please either install the mail client on the juice box or make it browser accessible (and let us know).*****

Below are variables your IT Dept will need to provide info for:

VariableX: Mail Server Connection? ExchangeEWS OR ExchangeWebDAV OR Imap4 OR Pop3

Variable2: DNS Name or IP Address for your mail server.

Variable4: Port to be used when connecting to the mail server

Variable5: Use an encrypted connection to communicate with the mail server? 1 = yes, 0 = no

Variable6: Username for connecting to the mail server (this should correspond to the email address that eAgent uses to send meter request emails FROM, since that’s where responses will be sent)

Variable7: Password for connecting to the mail server

Variable9: Delete emails after successfully inserting a meter reading? 1 = yes, 0 = no

Variable10: Move emails after successfully inserting a meter reading? 1= yes, 0 = no

Variable11: If moving processed emails, to what folder?

VariableY: Move emails unable to process to folder specified in VariableZ, 1 = Yes, 0 = No

VariableZ: Name of email Failure Folder

**We highly recommend moving any emails our alert is unable to process as this will help a user quickly and easily identify what emails need to be manually entered and/or reviewed.**

 

Below are variables your eAuto administrator will need to provide info for:

Variable1: Validate for billing? 1 = yes, 0 = no (this will tell alert whether to automatically indicate the meter is valid for billing)

Variable3: The email email address that eAgent uses to send meter request emails FROM, since that’s where responses will be sent

Variable12: Meter Source (we recommend created ID386 in eAuto and listing in this variable) 

 

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When we first install, we will put alert in test mode so you can review and ensure all working as expected before we update anything in eAuto. While in test mode (only), the alert will send you email showing what it would have changed if it were running live. (No such emails generated once Live.)

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