First make sure that the app is working on your Android Phone. Depending in which country you are different apps are available to be downloaded from the Google play store. If you are uncertain if you have the correct app then please contact our support team.
Turn on the scanner
Push on the scan button for 3 seconds to turn on the scanner. When the scanner is turned on, 2 led lights start blinking. The green “scan” led and the yellow/green “battery” light blink for about 10 seconds to perform a system check of the device. When scanner is ready to connect, the Battery icon (green LED) is continuously on and the Bluetooth icon starts blinking (blue LED).
Connect the scanner via Bluetooth
The scanner can be connected with the phone via Bluetooth. Therefore, it is important to have the Bluetooth connection activated on the phone. You can activate your Bluetooth in the device settings of your phone, or in the dropdown menu. Please check the manual of your phone when this proves difficult. The scanner is ready to connect with your smartphone when the battery icon (green led) is continuously on and the Bluetooth icon (blue led) starts blinking. To connect the scanner with your phone you open the app and select in the bottom menu “account”. Find the scanner ID in the list of “paired devices”. If you haven’t connected the scanner before with this phone push the orange bar “search for devices” and find your scanner. The name of your scanner ID SC_xxxX can be found on the side of your device.
Scanning your soil
When the scanner is connected with your phone you can start to scan your soil. There are several ways in the app that lead to the scanning process. Select “scan” in the home menu. Or select “scan” in the below menu of the app. Or select “scan field” when you are inside your clients information. Select one of the three options and wait until the green LED light on the button of the scanner stays continuously green like in the image below. If the scanner button does not become continuously green, then retry by re-entering the scan menu.
Every first scan of the day needs a complete calibration. This includes scanning the white side (background) and yellow side (standard sample) of the calibration cap. The complete calibration is also asked when a scanner is paired for the first time with a phone, after 20 soils processed within the same day, or when the scanner is unused for more than 12 hours. De app always indicates when a complete calibration is needed.
When it’s your first scan the app will ask for the white background first. Place the scanner on the background and ensure that the pins lock correctly on the pin-holes. Once this is done, press the scan button for 1 second. Don’t press for too long this will turn off the scanner! Upon releasing the scanner button you will hear a beep meaning it is scanning. Also, the green light will be blinking indicating the scanning process has started. When the scans light is constantly green again you can make a second scan. Now turn around the calibration cap and scan the other side with the yellow standard sample.
Now you can start scanning your soil. Your sample needs to be scanned 3 times. Each scan takes 30 seconds. Make sure that the soil of your sample is well mixed in a bucked and that additional roots, stones and organic matter are removed from your sample. This will improve the quality of your measurement. Take for each scan a full scoop of soil in the grey sample cup and press the scanner against the soil. Push the button ‘scan’ for 1 second. They grey sample cup ensures a reliable EC measurement and a standardized procedure for all scanner users. This cup should always be used, do not replace the sample cup by scanning directly on the fields soil or by using a bucket. Make sure that the sensor head of the scanner stays clean between each scan to guarantee the best performance of the device.
Once the 5 scans have been successfully made the app directs you automatically to the screen where you can select your customer, field and crops to complete your order. The following steps will be explained in the next chapters.
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