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Data Acquisition & Logging

Data Loggers

A data logger is an electronic device that is used to store data over time. Data logging includes many data acquisition devices such as plug-in boards or serial communication systems which use a computer as a real time data recording system. Wireless transmitters are also capable of turning a regular smart phone (or tablet) into a mobile logger.

What can a data logger be used for?

Data loggers are used whenever there is an advantage to recording conditions over a period of time. Common data logging applications include wind speed, the temperature in refrigerated storage containers, and monitoring the flow rate of liquid at a pumping station. Traditionally, after the data acquisition period, the device would be retrieved and the data downloaded. However, data loggers can also transmit data wirelessly to a PC, saving the time and expense of manual collection of devices in remote areas, and providing higher quality data than is possible in a manual recording.