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Monitor - ISSN 1472-0221
The Newsletter for Data Acquisition and Control
Issue 256 February 2020

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* Data Logging over the Internet-of-Things
* Your DAQ Questions Answered
* Data Acquisition News Round-Up

Data Logging over the Internet-of-Things

The Microlink 840 multi-purpose data logger will soon be able to connect to the Internet-of-Things, as well as to WiFi and Ethernet networks.

Microlink 840 Data Logger

  • Real-time remote data
  • Eight-channel, battery-backed, data logger
  • Monitor analogue signals including pressure, temperature, force, voltage and current
  • Monitor digital sensors like flow meters
  • Monitor digital status, eg count switch closures
  • Monitor machines, eg record percentage on/off times
  • Count: accumulating, frequency, period, pulse width and elapsed time
  • Monitor energy use
  • Monitor alarm thresholds and output digital control signals
  • Available in a weather-proof box
  • MQTT, TCP/IP, Ethernet, Internet and WiFi communications
  • Free technical support for life

Logging pollution data
Data Logging

Remote Data Acquisition and Control

Log data from, and control, a mix of eight digital and analogue signals. Plug into a local Ethernet network or use the internet TCP/IP protocol. Monitor and control in real-time.

Logging Data

You can choose the time period over which to store data, every minute or every hour say. For each channel you can save:

  • Final value of the logging period, eg total energy used
  • Maximum value
  • Minimum value
  • Average value
  • Custom calculations on the data

Your Data Acquisition Questions Answered: Maximum Frequency


Can you tell me what the maximum frequency of the logged data is please, I'm looking to record a short burst of data from five channels (around 10 to 15 seconds) & I would like to log around every 200 milliseconds if possible?


The maximum sampling speed with the ComIML serial driver is 5 samples per second - so every 200 milliseconds. Readers can download a free copy of the Windmill software with ComIML, but no technical support is available. To get your copy email us.

With Microlink data acquisition hardware, the maximum sampling speed is 80 samples per second - details of hardware options at

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.

Moisture sensor sends alerts when nappies are wet

Researchers have developed a low-cost nappy embedded with a moisture sensor that sends alerts when the nappy is wet. The new sensor may be especially useful for nurses working in neonatal units and caring for multiple babies at a time.
Source: MIT

New sensor provides better leak protection in buildings

A new, battery-free sensor can detect water leaks in buildings at a fraction of the cost of existing systems.
Source: University of Waterloo

Having an eye for colors: Printable light sensors

Printable organic photodiodes that can distinguish wavelengths and, hence, enable data transmission by light.
Source: EurekaAlert

How Low Can You Go? Lower Than Ever Before

NIST scientists make most sensitive measurements to date of of how quickly electric charge moves in silicon, a gauge of its performance as a semiconductor. Using a novel method, they have discovered how silicon performs under circumstances beyond anything scientists could test before - specifically, at ultralow levels of electric charge.
Source: NIST

Sweat Sensor Detects Stress Levels; May Find Use in Space Exploration

Professor develops a wireless sweat sensor that can accurately detect levels of cortisol, a natural compound that is commonly thought of as the body's stress hormone.
Source: Caltech

Explained: Why water droplets bounce off the walls

Researchers can now explain why some water droplets bounce like a beach ball off surfaces, without ever actually touching them. Now the design and engineering of future droplet technologies such as 3D printing can be made more precise and efficient.
Source: University of Warwick

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