How do I download data?

Learn how to transfer data from your sensor to your computer.

If using a 3p system

Pull the microSD card and insert into your comptuer (depending on your type of computer/tablet you may need an adapter such as microSD-SD, or microSD-USB). You can transfer the data through SlantView using the Organize data option shown below, or copy the files to your desired directory through the traditional Windows file explorer. If you transfer the dataset folders manually, be sure to delete them from the card to make room for future flights.

We do not recommend processing data directly from the SD card because SlantView will be limited by the speed of the USB or microSD port's connection.



After selecting Organize data and navigating to the dataset on the SD card, selecting Copy data will create a local copy of the dataset at the directory location C:\SlantRange\Data[Grower][Field name]\Crop_type] without deleting the dataset from the card. Selecting Move data will create a local copy of the dataset at the directory location C:\SlantRange\Data[Grower][Field name]\Crop_type] and delete the dataset from the card. Copy data and Move data are the equivalent of using copy and cut operations, respectively.

If using a 1p or 2p system

Follow the four steps below to download data from your 1p, 2i, or 2p sensor.

  • Connect the sensor (with attached AIS) to the computer via Ethernet cable, and boot up the sensor.
  • Connect the sensor to SlantView
  • Select a Dataset to download
  • Clear data from the sensor

Connect SlantView to the sensor

When the sensor is connected to a computer via Ethernet cable, data can be downloaded and Processed in SlantView by selecting Sensor—Download datasets as seen on the bottom of Figure 1, or by clicking the Connect to Sensor toolbar button boxed in red. Once connected, the window shown in Figure 2 will appear.

The AIS does not need to be connected to the field sensor to download data. However, the lights on the AIS indicate when the sensor is ready to connect to SlantView, so it is advantageous to keep the AIS connected. As soon as the yellow light begins flashing on the AIS around 10-15 seconds after bootup, press the button in the SlantView toolbar to connect.

Figure 1: Loading data from your sensor

Select a dataset to download

In the Dataset: drop down menu shown in Figure 2, select a particular Dataset or ALL, and enter a Grower and Field name. The text entered in the Grower and Field name boxes is used to name the folders created to store the downloaded data in your C:\SlantRange folder. If no Grower or Field name is entered, the data will be stored in folders named “Unknown.” If you are not sure what date-time stamp corresponds to the flight you are looking for, selecting Show coverage with a particular Dataset highlighted allows the user to view an outline of the flight.


Figure 2: Processing data from your sensor

Delete data from sensor

The Delete from source check box allows you to clear data from the sensor as it is transferred to your computer. Your system will store approximately 3.5 hours of data before the AIS LED begins to blink red, indicating sensor memory is close to capacity. Approximately 1 hour after starting to blink red, the memory will be full. As a general rule, check the “Delete from sensor” option to make room for future data collection when downloading data. After clicking OK and waiting for the file transfer, the data can be accessed in the file explorer by selecting C:\SlantRange\Data\[Grower name]\[Field name].

Folders will generally have several gigabytes of image data and will take a few minutes to load, progress is shown across the bottom of the Map Window.

The SlantView window cannot be minimized during the downloading period, but other windows can be opened over the top of the Map Window so the user may continue working with other applications including other SlantView windows.
Check to see if your computer's speed is limited: on many Windows computers, “Balanced” or “Power Saver” modes are default settings when running on battery power. Enabling your machine's version of “High Performance” mode will allow for much faster downloading and Processing. To check this setting, go to Control PanelHardware and SoundPower Options as shown in Figure 3.

Figure 3: Windows high performance mode