When you think of “the cloud” and “big-data analytics,” you probably think of a nebulous place where marketers store data about everyone’s whereabouts and buying preferences. But wait, engineers don’t do analytics; they do analysis. Nevertheless, having test data stored and processed in the cloud can offer some advantages over storing it locally.
Several companies have developed web-based apps for using the cloud to store test data, analyze that data, and even control bench instruments. So far, each application we’ve seen serves a different purpose....
In a world of increasingly complex products and faster release cycles, the benefits of leveraging the results of our instruments used in test and measurement have never been greater. Development of tools for storing measurement results, analyzing data, and automating reports requires non-trivial software programming in order to operationalize and automate them. In addition, many of the daily tasks required to obtain accurate insight and analysis remain manual.
Cloud computing coupled with modern-day web browser capabilities represents a tool in the engineer’s arsenal to automate lab instruments, accelerate time to market, and build better products.
Nowadays, product development often involves working with teams spread across the world, with for example hardware development in the US, software development in India, and manufacturing in China. Resolving issues may require several members of the teams to gather data and work together, and beside the distance issue, you have to handle different timezones too. GradientOne may help facilitating hardware and firmware debugging by connecting test equipments such as oscilloscopes, spectrum analyzers, frequency generators and others to the cloud, so that data can easily be shared, and any member of the team control the equipment remotely, even automatizing measurements if needed. It could also be useful to field application engineers who may bring portable equipment to the customer premises, and have one engineer investigate issues remotely....