There is no question that we’re living in the time of data. As the Internet of Things (IoT) continues to expand, it is easy to forget how surrounded we are by devices and sensors that generate and transmit ever-increasing amounts of data. One of the key technologies that make this possible is remote data acquisition. Today we’re going to explain why this technology is so valuable in many industries and break down some of its most important applications.
What is Remote Data Acquisition and Analysis?
Simply put, remote data acquisition consists of using sensors to capture data in real-time and converting those inputs into digital form so they can be analyzed by computers. By using this technology, companies and engineers can gain up-to-the-minute information on system performance, take steps to improve efficiency, and proactively address problems earlier when they are easier and less costly to fix. Remote data acquisition systems can take many forms, and are usually customized for the specific application they will be used with.
What are some examples of applications for Remote Data Acquisition?
Aviation and Aerospace. Remote data acquisition tech has its roots in the aerospace industry. With complex and expensive operations like launching payloads into space, engineers needed to know how all the components of these spacecraft were functioning at any given time. The same was true for airplanes, as a small fault left undetected could become worse over time and lead to a component or system failure which could potentially put lives in danger. This led to the development of devices like the Flight Data Acquisition Unit (FDAU) which captures information in real time from the moving parts within a plane. This data was then stored in the flight data recorder (commonly referred to as the “black box”).
There has been enormous advancement in remote data acquisition for aerospace and aviation applications in recent years. Modern planes are equipped with thousands of sensors that collect mind-boggling amounts of data in mid-flight. One example are the Geared Turbo Fan engines on Bombardier’s C-series jetliner. Each engine includes 5000 built-in sensors that monitor how each engine component is performing in real-time. A single jet using this system can produce up to 10 gigabytes of data per second. Airlines can use this data to identify minute problems, change engine thrust to improve fuel efficiency and transmit data to the ground so MRO companies and ground crews can have the necessary tools and equipment for repairs ready to go once the plane lands, reducing Air-on-Ground (AOG) time. This translates into improved safety and millions of dollars saved each year.
Agriculture. Of course, there are a lot more down-to-earth applications for remote data acquisition and analysis as well. This technology can be used to improve agricultural yields by monitoring environmental factors like soil moisture, temperature, and changes in weather. This allows water to be used in the most efficient way possible, which is especially important in hot, arid climates. One study published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers showed how farmers in India were able to successfully use remote data acquisition to develop a more efficient drip irrigation system. The data could then be compiled and analyzed to generate statistical information which could optimize water requirements for the crops and improve yields in the future.
Mining and Mineral Extraction. Few occupations are as dangerous are working in a mine. Remote data acquisition systems can be used to monitor information on structural stability, levels of gases like oxygen and carbon dioxide, vital equipment like fans used to regulate airflow, and more. This information can be analyzed to improve the safety and profitability of mines around the world.
And these are just a few examples— the potential applications for remote data acquisition and analysis are enormous, and many industries have yet to realize the benefits of embracing it. As IoT connectivity and sophistication continues to improve, using remote data acquisition tech will become a necessity in an increasing number of industries.
Of course, every application is unique, and each system must be custom-built for each job. That’s where we come in. Our Remora™ remote data acquisition technology is an affordable, versatile and completely customizable solution for any industry or government application. Remora™ can be used with any type of sensors, collecting inputs ranging from environmental data, audio, video, and much more. Once collected, data is transmitted to our secure, cloud-based servers for analysis, allowing users to detect patterns, find correlations, and identify problems and opportunities they may have never been aware of.
Our technology can be used for applications ranging from military and civilian vehicles, traffic monitoring, water safety and much more. With Remora™, the options for customization are limitless, and the benefits of real-time, real-world data collection and analysis are undeniable. Come learn more about our remote data acquisition solutions, and tell us how we can design a customized solution for you.