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    Suitable hardware for outdoor data capture

    Hi all,

    New to the forum so please excuse me if I break any rules etc!

    I have a user who's looking to set up a machine to capture sonar data over the winter period. He has a steel container large enough to hold the computer and external storage, but we're worried about what might happen under harsh temperature conditions. Dell ruggedised laptops have been suggested.. also Panasonic toughbooks. There was a question as to whether we would be better off just using a desktop pc.

    The machine will be expected to capture data unattended for around a week between check-ups. At this time the external (usb) storage will be swapped over and the capture data will be taken away. We've discussed using solid state disks for the data capture, but there are arguments both for and against this (finite writes, capacity, etc..) so still in the air.

    Just wondering if anybody has experience of similar outdoor projects that have braved cold winters.. would especially appreciate any experiences with ruggedised laptops and your recommendations!

    Thanks in advance everyone who contributes

    Tom.

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    Don't worry about using a SSD - modern ones can get 7+ years now.

    Others may say otherwise but by the sounds of it you need something compact and reliable - maybe a ITX Atom/AMD E350 system would be in store?

    These guys have pretty much everything you need to build a ITX system - mini-itx.com - store - home and even have ruggedized cases as well.

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    I've used these guys to make systems to do exactly what you are discussing... i think the most important thing you need to look at is having a small enclosure heater to ensure the enclosure stays dry and not suffer condensation. the PC will deal with pretty much any amount of cold you can throw at it, but if it gets damp its game over!

    ENCLOSURE HEATERS for Protection from Freezing or Condensation in Enclosures

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    Thanks guys for the input!

    jamesfed: I'll have to have a bit more of a look at the software/hardware he's using for capture to see if the E350 or an atom would cut it.. but I was thinking along these lines also - this will be crucial in getting the pricing right.. This is a trial over this winter period and could lead to a further couple of years investigation if it's successful.. I'm sure everyone here knows how university budgets get cut! (yes even the well planned ones too )

    Oaktech: A fair point! At these temps condensation could be a real issue - we don't want to risk frying the equipment!

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    E350 with an ssd and an external psu would have no moving parts. SSD finite writes aren't a problem anymore. You could probably buy 2 and run them in parallel for redundancy



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