Test & Measurement

Software allows data loggers to support Raspberry Pi

5th July 2019
Mick Elliott

A software package that supports the Raspberry Pi single-board computer has been released by Pico Technology. Optimised and tested on the newly-released Raspberry Pi 4, and the current 3B and 3B+ on Raspbian Stretch, the PicoLog 6 data logging software package provides a visual, easy-to-use interface allowing users to quickly set up simple or complex acquisitions and record, view and analyse data.

It's the same fully functioning software that runs on Windows, macOS and Linux.  Coupled with a Raspberry Pi, the PicoLog 6 package expands the flexibility and opens the door for Pico's data loggers to be used in new and different ways.

Users will be able to connect the logger to the Pi and remove the keyboard, mouse and video to make an inexpensive stand-alone logger storing its captured data locally on a Pi SD-Card.

And connecting the Pi by WiFi or Ethernet, allows the user to internet-enable a Pico logger which can then access remotely using an open-source VNC server and viewer freely available.

By utilising the Power over Ethernet (PoE) capability on the Raspberry Pi 3B+ paired with the PoE PiHAT not only eliminates the need for an external power supply and powered USB hub, it also internet-enables a logger at the same time.

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