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Marine data management - MDM 500 technical description

The MDM 500 Real-time logging system consists of several separate modules that may be distributed among several networked computers. The heart of the system is an MS SQL Server 2000 database where all data is logged and configuration data is stored.

MDM 500 modules

The real-time logging system consists of the following modules:

  • Agent Drivers - Receives data from a sensor or instrument
  • Agent Manager - Sends data from one or several Agent Drivers to the Server Manager
  • Server Manager - Logs and distributes data
  • Server Drivers - Decodes data from a sensor or instrument
  • MS SQL Server - Stores sensor data and configuration data
  • Display Drivers - Handles remote display of data
  • Display Manager - Controls one or several display drivers


The drivers are designed to receive and decode data from a specific instrument or a class of instruments. For instance the GPS driver is able to receive and decode data from most GPS systems, but the AquaShuttle driver will probably only work with that specific instrument. An exception to this is the generic driver. This driver can be configured by the end-user to log data from almost any instrument capable of outputting text or ASCII data.

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