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Software links oscilloscopes with the cloud

26 February 2021 Test & Measurement

Comtest, local representative of Tektronix, has announced the availability of TekDrive, the first native oscilloscope-to-cloud software solution to facilitate global data collaboration directly on an oscilloscope, PC, phone or tablet.

Created to enable ultimate ease and accuracy in data accessibility and collaboration, TekDrive gives engineers the ability to instantaneously share and recall data directly on an oscilloscope, eliminating the need for cumbersome data-sharing practices. TekDrive allows for data to automatically become accessible, usable and shareable across teams and partners, making remote work easier – all with industry-leading security practices built in.

In addition, TekDrive is the first general purpose test and measurement file system with scope-like data visualisations. The software provides ultra-smooth visualisation and analysis capabilities that support any modern browser, including options to view, zoom, pan, measure, decode and analyse full test and measurement data on any device without the need for any additional software.

Seventy percent of oscilloscope users have the need to transfer data off the scope. Through TekDrive, data updates are instantly saved in globally accessible shared folders in which owners can manage secure access and permissions at a granular level.

“I joined Tektronix to help inspire the next wave of innovation in electronics engineering, and projects like this will do exactly that,” says David Sulpy, chief information officer at Tektronix. “Engineers needed their own workspace in the cloud to securely manage complicated, real-time data from their oscilloscopes. TekDrive fulfils that need, whether they are working in the lab or at home.”

TekDrive was built with the engineer in mind, and boasts a clean, easy-to-use interface for file organisation, management, search, upload and download. It’s also architected for ease of integration with secure vendor-agnostic REST APIs for scripting, automation and analysis. Tektronix provides SDKs and examples in multiple languages, such as Python, Matlab and LabVIEW.

The TekCloud Developer Program also provides a secure way for third-party developers to add native TekDrive capability to their devices, instruments and software applications. With a quick integration time, any vendor of hardware or software can unleash the ecosystem of TekCloud storage, streaming, visualisation and analysis into their products.

All TekDrive users receive a free contributor account, which grants participation rights in shared files and folders, with the Enterprise Tier boasting unlimited contributors. A 14-day trial is also available.


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