Hi my name is Masem Saleh, I’m with Dycor Technologies, and I’m a technical sales and support specialist. So the data taker is a low power industrial data logger with universal inputs. It can be easily configured to connect to different kinds of sensors that we have in the industry. The data taker with Dycor Technologies is also approved for Class 1 Div 2 applications. So we’re able to use this in hazardous locations. The data taker can be configured through graphical interface. Or, for more advanced applications, it’s done through a propriety text-based programming language. Which Dycor Technologies helps our clients with.


So, whenever a client comes to us for a data taker, along with the data taker unit, we supply them with the software and configuration support that they need to get going at no additional cost. So, the data taker comes with a lot of different communication ports. It has a host USB port. It has a communication USB port. An RS 232 ethernet The configuration no longer can be changed in the field with a simple USB plug-in to the USB port. And it’ll take the new configuration, and it’ll configure itself to start logging based on the new update. Because the data taker has an ethernet port, we’re able to connect to a cell modem, or any kind of internet connection. And we’re able to upload data to a cloud, and connect to IoT platforms. So the data taker can be programmed to send out alerts and emails or activate discreet IO or discreet outputs for alarms, based on pre-programmed conditions. So the data taker can send alerts and data files, or data updates to an email address, an FDB server, or a cloud server the data taker provides, where a user can login remotely and view the current updated values on the units in the field without having to go out.


The latest iteration of the data taker has added an analog output to the data taker, and so it allows us to do rudimentary control in the field. And once again, the data taker configuration is a very easy to learn language. We don’t expect our customers to pickup a four hundred page manual right away. But most of our customers are able to put together a configuration file for the logger in a half an hour or so. Along with the data taker solution, we provide data radios to transmit the data to a consolidating station, or a master, or data concentrator. To do that, in order to do that successfully, we provide path law studies for our customers, where we get the locations, and we adjust the output power, antenna height. So in order to do a path study, we look at a few different parameters, including the locations, the antenna height, the antenna gain, the radio output power, and the cable loss.


Once we do a path study, we’re able to determine whether we can make a link. And if we cannot, if we can add a repeater to help make that link. And if that’s not possible, then we suggest the customer go a different route. Such as a satellite modem, or a cellular modem. In order to do the path studies, we use topographical databases that are produced by Natural Resources Canada, and they’re updated regularly to account for g height adjustments and land cover, etc.


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