Data collaboration software shares and recalls on an oscilloscope

TekDrive is data collaboration software from Tektronix which allows for instant data sharing and recall directly on an oscilloscope. It is believed to be the first native oscilloscope-to-cloud software to facilitate global data collaboration directly on an oscilloscope, PC, phone or tablet.

It has been created to provide the ability to instantaneously share and recall data directly on an oscilloscope, without cumbersome data-sharing practices, says Tektronix.

Data is automatically accessible, usable and shareable across teams and partners, with security practices built in.

TekDrive is also believed to be the first general purpose test and measurement file system with scope-like data visualisations. The software provides 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.

Tami Newcombe, Tektronix’s president, described the technology as a game changer for teams. “Clients tell us about insecure data-sharing practices that are awkward and unreliable, and now with TekDrive, data sharing is secure and lightning fast,” she added.

70 per cent of oscilloscope users need to transfer data off-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.

 David Sulpy, chief information officer at Tektronix, added: “Engineers needed their own workspace in the cloud to securely manage complicated, real-time data from their oscilloscopes. TekDrive fulfills that need, whether they are working in the lab or at home.”

TekDrive has an easy-to-use interface for file organisation, management, search, upload and download. It has secure, vendor-agnostic REST APIs for scripting, automation and analysis. Tektronix provides software development kits (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. Integration is quick, allowing any vendor of hardware or software to unleash the ecosystem of TekCloud storage, streaming, visualisation and analysis into their products, says Tektronix.

“Aggregating data from various instruments has always been a challenge. Engineers often use unsecured USB sticks, or worse, snap photos of the instrument’s screen with a phone,” said Siddharth Deliwala, director of laboratory programs at University of Pennsylvania. “Being able to share data directly from instruments via TekDrive is a breakthrough for engineering teams in the commercial and academic space to learn and innovate efficiently.”

TekDrive is available now in selected regions and will be released globally over the coming months. 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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