Northern Widget ALog Data Logger

We are developing the ALog to be the first open-source data logger designed for long-term field monitoring. It is being designed by an Earth scientist to be lightweight, low-power (1 year on AA batteries), inexpensive, and capable of storing large volumes (Gb) of data. It uses industrial-rated parts to survive temperatures from -40 to +85 degrees C. It’s easier on your wallet than proprietary systems, and lets you take control of every aspect of the system.

ALog is short for “Arduino Logger”: these data loggers are based on the popular Arduino open-source electronics prototyping platform. The Arduino software is meant for children and artists: this makes the ALog easy to program! Once we have finalized our programming libraries, you will be able to go to our software page to obtain a customized copy of the Arduino development environment along with sample code for ALog programs. This page also has information to help us develop our open-source code base to support additional sensors and capabilities.

A Prototype ALog measuring glacier activity in Alaska, 2012 [photo Katy Barnhart]
A Prototype ALog measuring glacier activity in Alaska, 2012 [photo Katy Barnhart]