Macro Data Acquisition Systems on Minicomputers

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by Thomas N. Keefer, Sutron Corp, Water Resources Div, Herndon, VA, USA,
Eric S. Clyde, Sutron Corp, Water Resources Div, Herndon, VA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Hydraulics and Hydrology in the Small Computer Age

Abstract: Selection of the proper minicomputer for a real-time data system is a careful design process based on system requirements. Hardware should be purchased after requirements are set and not before. Eleven steps are required in system design. Sutron Corporation, as part of work for various government agencies, has applied the eleven principles to several systems. The Boise-Minidoka Hydromet system currently receives data from a 100,000 square mile area containing over 200 stations. The New York Harbor tidal monitoring system reports data from six stations to an IBM PC. The application of proper design principles to these two widely different systems is presented.

Subject Headings: Data processing | Data collection | Tides | Hydrologic data | Ports and harbors | Computer software | Government | Corporations | North America | United States | New York

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