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?