An automated data collection system is another phrase for a computer based data collection system. All that means is that some type of technology gathers requested data, organizes it and stores it. We have this type of automated data collection system working around every day of our lives, we just usually do not pay attention to it. The maintenance data collection system in your desktop or laptop computer is such a system.
The computer creates and stores the maintenance that occurs on your system, using temp files and other files to do so. This data can be accessed by programs inside the computer operating system to determine what is causing problems with your system. Many other systems besides computer have an inbuilt automated data collection system. What products have automated data collection system built in?
Your car has an automated data collection system, at least cars since the late 1970s. If you have watched a mechanic, anytime lately, you’ve seen him access a data port and connect his computer to your car and find out what information has been stored.
Your oven has an automated data collection system, at least in the last few years, ovens have begun to be able to be programmed for maintenance and food preparation.
Your refrigerator has an automated data collection system, though it has become more complex to monitor different functions inside the refrigerator and alter the conditions for optimal food storage.
Your cell phone has an automated data collection system, and hundreds of other items. It logs changes to its functions, and it phone books, and games. You can save a game and restart it while you are waiting for the mechanic’s computer to speak with your car, and your oven turns on the heat for the preparation of your food.
Accessing that data from all these appliances and electronics to gather it, analyze it and store it, requires an automated data collection system. You cannot go to the home of each person that has purchased one of these items and ask them to allow your to download the information. Likewise, most automated data collection systems require a more systematic and less intrusive method of gathering the information.
With the advent of the new, very micro, technology for information transmittal, many items can now “call” the company for updating information. Your computer does this most often with its setting from the factory, most of which you have to turn off, not turn on. All of this allows for a creative automated data collection system design to gather what a company needs.