A data logger is a small electronic device which records data at specific points of time, either automatically or by a built-in sensor or system. Increasingly, they have been developed on a digital computer processor, meaning the data can be stored in real-time or downloaded later.
The main advantage of a digital computer processor is that they can automatically update the log so it can be read or retrieved at any time. The drawback is that they can get easily damaged if something happens to them, either being dropped or struck, but this can be prevented by protecting them from damage using a shock absorber or by using some kind of weatherproofing sealant. They also need to be recharged frequently to keep them working at peak efficiency.
Some disadvantages associated with having a high-quality digital data processor include the fact that it does take up a lot of space. So if you have a lot of data logs, then you could end up with an expensive data logger tower. These can easily break down in severe storms and strong winds, or if they are located too close to electrical cables and other power sources. Also, the processor has to be placed in a good position, usually on your floor, to prevent damage from animals chewing through cables or other wires. Finally, since it is so small, it cannot be moved around too much, as it will need to be connected to a wall outlet somewhere.
Data loggers are often designed to allow you to store a record of data regularly. Although this is fine for storing personal information, it may not be useful for business needs. A business might want to store a record of a sales order or a bill payment to ensure that everything is correct when the need arises.
Therefore, if you are going to store important information for your business, then you will need a data logger that can store a lot of information. If you are starting out on your business and will be adding or deleting information from time to time, you may want a smaller digital processor, such as a USB device. They are very convenient and easy to use.
Digital processors are becoming more popular as an alternative to hard drives and tape. They can be very reliable, flexible and cheap, and are easy to maintain and upgrade. Still, you should choose a processor that meets your requirements for keeping up with your business and can be recharged regularly.