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Monitor - ISSN 1472-0221
The Newsletter for PC-Based Data Acquisition and Control
Issue 255, January 2020

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* Artificial Intelligence and Data Acquisition in Retail
* Your DAQ Questions Answered:
* Measurement and Control Exhibitions
* Data Acquisition News Round-Up

Artificial Intelligence and Data Acquisition in Retail

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Retailers are collecting more data than ever before to help them maximise profits and improve the customer experience. As well as established techniques like people counting, they are increasingly using systems employing artificial intelligence.

One use of this is to better understand their customers. What pulls their audience's attention, what gender are they, how old are they, how long do they linger at a display and what products are they looking at? This data is combined with that produced by people counters, like average shopping time and sales conversion.

A practical example is enabling communication between a sensor detecting a shopper's characteristics and a digital sign. The sign uses the sensor's data to show an advert tailored to the type of person in front of it.

detecting shoppers with artificial intelligence

The data thus collected using computer vision and can also be made available over the Internet-of-Things.

All sorts of information can be accessed via the IoT - footfall, average shopping time, conversion, shopper characteristics, queuing times, hot spot maps of popular (and unpopular) areas, occupancy figures...letting retailers measure, experiment and improve.

Your Data Acquisition Questions Answered: Low-Cost Hardware


I see that you do not sell your software anymore without hardware. It appears to be exactly what I am looking for. Can you tell me what is the least expensive hardware that you have?


Our most inexpensive hardware is the 750 data acquisition and control unit with Windmill software and technical support included. This costs just 150 GBP at However, our newsletter subscribers can download a free copy of the Windmill software! This is fully functioning but comes without technical support. To get your copy email us. For help using it see its Help or

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Measurement and Control Exhibitions and Conferences

The quarterly update of data acquisition and control exhibitions around the world.

Smart Factory Expo

12-14 February 2020
Tokyo Japan
Advanced technology exhibitions including NEPCON Japan, Automotive World, the world's largest wearable technology exhibition and robotics technology exhibition.

Control World

27-28 February 2020
Kuala Lumpur Inodnesia
Showcasing test, measurement and inspection solutions for high-value manufacturing.


4-6 March 2020
Seoul South Korea
Industrial automation, instrumentation and measurement


9-13 March 2020
Grenoble France
Design automation and test in Europe

Automation Electronics 2020

17-19 March 2020
Minsk Belarus
Factory automation and electronics exhibition.


17-19 March 2020
Warsaw Poland
Fair for automation, control, measurements and robotics


31 March - 2 April 2020
Kielce Polanc
Fair of industrial measuring technology

Mach 2020

20-24 April 2020
Birmingham UK
Latest products, services and leading-edge developments across manufacturing sectors.

Drives and Controls

21-23 April 2020
Birmingham UK
UK's leading event for drives, power transmission, motion control and automation.


4-7 May 2020
Stuttgart Germany
Technologies, processes, products and system solutions in the field of industrial quality assurance.

DAQ News Round-up

Welcome to our round-up of the data acquisition and control news. If you would like to receive more timely DAQ news updates then follow us on Twitter - @DataAcquisition - or grab our rss feed.

New Guidelines for Optimizing HMI Usability and Performance Published by ISA

They address the specification, design, implementation and management of a Human Machine Interface focused on usability and performance.
Source: ISA

Making sense of flexible sensor systems

Flexible sheet-type magnetic sensor systems developed with tenfold improvement in sensitivity.
Source: EurekAlert

Artificial Intelligence Hardware Market to See 30.6% Annual Growth Through 2024

Increasing computer power and the increasing availability of big data for learning are two factors which drive growth of the global artificial intelligence hardware market, according to a report by BCC Research.
Source: BCC Research

Mini device analyses oceans

Researchers have created a device that uses electrical field perturbations to swiftly analyse microbes in oceans, revealing the health of these organisms - too tiny to be seen by the naked eye - and their response to threats to their ecosystems.
Source: SCUBA News


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