Data Logger Basic
In today’s data-driven world of satellite uplinks, wireless networks, and the Internet, it is common to hear the terms “data logging” and “data loggers” and not really have a firm grasp of what they are. Most people have a vague idea that data logging involves electronically collecting information about the status of something in the environment, such as temperature, relative humidity, or energy use.
They’re right, but that’s just a small view of what data logging is. In the fields of building performance and environmental research, everyone seems to be using data loggers. But what are they, and why are they useful?
This guide will introduce you to the wide world of electronic data loggers and data logging and will help to clarify your understanding, whether you:
- are a new hire embarking on a project or career where data loggers are required
- have been asked by a supervisor or team member to purchase data loggers
- must persuade a decision-maker that data loggers will be useful for your work (for starters, they can save labor costs and increase efficiency by reducing travel time)
- have heard about data loggers and are just curious about their applications, or,
- are a longtime user of the devices and want to refresh your understanding and stay up-to-date with the technology and capabilities offered today.