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Legacy Uploader: Finding Efficiency by Saving Data from Standard Data Loggers to the Cloud

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Late in 2017, Dickson released an exciting new product called the Legacy Uploader that will enable you to manually upload data from loggers faster and easier. I know what you’re thinking: “manually,” “faster,” and “easier” are typically not used in the same sentence. But with Legacy Uploader, you can automatically upload data from non cloud-enabled loggers to a secure DicksonOne account simply by plugging the device into your computer.

To illustrate how Legacy Uploader eliminates many unnecessary steps and saves significant time, we put together a quick little comparison test. Below, we demonstrate the process of uploading data to your computer via two different methods: using the standard version of Dicksonware software and the new version of Dicksonware with Legacy Uploader

Tools used

  • One DSB data logger
  • Dicksonware
  • Dicksonware Secure with Legacy Uploader
  • DicksonOne account
  • USB cable
  • Computer
  • Stopwatch

First, we need to ensure that we are comparing apples-to-apples by establishing some controlling variables for each method. So we’ll do the following:

  • clear the logger before each test to ensure that only 1 hour worth of data is being uploaded in each scenario
  • Ensure that the sample rate on the logger is set to 1 minute to ensure we are comparing the same amount of data

Note: the following steps for both the traditional method of uploading data vs. Legacy Uploader both assume that the Dicksonware software has been installed on your computer, Legacy Uploader has been configured in advance, and the logger has been added to your DicksonOne account. Thus, that is not included in the steps below or any of the quoted times.

Also please note that upload times for both Dicksonware and Legacy Uploader will vary based on the amount of data stored on the logger being uploaded at any given moment. For this quick experiment, we only used an hour worth of data.

Traditional Dicksonware

Data logging start time: 1:15 PM

Data logging end time: 2:15 PM

[Start process timer] 0:00

  1. Begin by launching the Dicksonware program installed on the computer
  2. Connect the logger to the computer using a USB cable
  3. Wait for Dicksonware to recognize the logger. Once the model and serial number appears, we’re ready to download the data from the logger
  4. Click the Download button. A popup will indicate that the data is being downloaded from the connected logger
  5. Once finished, the module will disappear and a graph, as well as all your data points, will appear in the interface
  6. But now we have to do something with this data, or we’ll lose it when we close out of Dicksonware. So, we click File, and then “Save Data” to keep a record of what’s been collected.
  7. Save the newly downloaded data file to a folder on your computer so you can access it when you need it

[Stop process timer] 0:58

Legacy Uploader

Data logging start time: 2:23 PM

Data logging end time: 3:23 PM

[start process timer] 0:00

  1. Connect the logger to the computer using a USB cable
  2. Wait for Legacy Uploader to recognize the logger. A notification from your system tray will alert you that data is being downloaded from the connected logger
  3. A notification will alert you when data has finished downloading

And that’s all there is to it with Legacy Uploader! You can now view the data in your DicksonOne

[stop process timer] 0:14

We can see that by using the Legacy Uploader, we eliminate 4 unnecessary manual steps (a 57% reduction in the number of steps in the process) and a 75% reduction in the total time it takes to upload data for a single logger. While that decrease in time will vary based on the amount of data you’re uploading, if you were to amplify those 44 seconds across dozens of loggers and you can see why the Legacy Uploader significantly decreases the time spent collecting, downloading, and storing the data and increases your team’s productivity. It’s why we’re excited about it and why we hope you will be too.


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