Electronic data loggers have been integral instrument in automation of data collection since their inception with widespread adoption beginning in the 1980’s. Data loggers are used across a variety of industries requiring automated data collection – applications include remote water resource monitoring, weather conditions, machine monitoring, gas and oil projects, building HVAC control, and structural vibration monitoring in bridges and buildings.
While most loggers perform functions more than just logging data, a data logger’s primary purpose is to automatically collect data points from sensors and make this data available for review, analysis, and decision making processes.
The microprocessor-based data logger was a revolutionary data acquisition tool and a large step forward from the historical mechanical-based paper charts and punch tape, which required either manual data input from the charts or scanned using special equipment that could output a digital file of the paper record.
Could the data acquisition industry be at the beginning of another revolutionary data acquisition change with the advancements of the Internet’s Cloud Computing?