Hardware used for data collection should be assessed for its suitablilty in the collection of required data. Choosing a temperature sensor to measure wildlife activiy makes little sense.
The following attributes of hardware should be thought about before selection or purchase of hardware:
- The metric to be assessed e.g. Temperature, rainfall, wildlife activity.
- The level of calibration required e.g. Measuring temperature down to 0.0001°C
- The required duration of recording e.g. One day, month, year.
- the required frequency of recording e.g. Once a minute, hour, day.