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What is Data Logging and Why is it Used?

Posted on February 21, 2020

When collecting environmental data, a vital part of the process is the collection and analysis of the data. In most cases, this is performed by a data logger.

Data loggers allow for data to be collated, analysed and processed, making greater use of what has been collected.

Data logging definition

Data loggers are electronic devices which automatically monitor and record environmental parameters. The data logger collates information collected at source by an array of sensors and stores it.

This then allows for the data to be transferred to a computer and analysed, creating an accurate and full picture of the environment in question.

Data loggers act as a form of base unit for sensor arrays and come in a variety of forms from basic collection units to advanced interactive units, or even software installed on a device such as a tablet or a smartphone.

What is data acquisition?

Data acquisition is the process of monitoring environmental parameters in order to produce a useful set of data.

This can then, in turn, be used to ensure regulations are adhered to and conditions are maintained.

Information is transformed from electrical signal readings in the surrounding environment into interpretable data.

Why use a data logger?

Data loggers possess the capacity to perform a function that would otherwise prove time-consuming and costly.

The alternative to electronic data logging using sensors is to manually monitor conditions, for example monitoring temperature by taking temperature readings at set intervals.

This not only consumes man-hours for a very menial task but also introduces an increased possibility for error.

At Omni Sensors and Transmitters, we stock a full range of industry-leading sensors, transmitters and base stations for almost any application, many of which feature in-built data logging functionality and smart logging solutions.

Contact Omni today to learn more or browse our product range.

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