CANlogger CAN Bus Data Logger SD Card Vehicle Telematics

CAN bus
data loggers

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pro specs.
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Your data, your way. Easily log CAN data from your vehicle / machine - and extract it via SD or WiFi. Process the interoperable data in your favorite tools - or via 100% free open source software/APIs.

Perfect for vehicle telematics, OEM development, diagnostics and more.




Key features


Plug and Play Simple To Use CAN Logger
                                Memory CAN Data Acquisition

PLUG & PLAY

No setup needed - just connect to log (power via CAN connector & auto-detect bit rate)

High Speed CAN Bus OBD2 J1939 NMEA 2000 FMS
                                CAN Protocol

CAN BUS READY

Record high speed CAN/CAN FD - incl. J1939, FMS, OBD2, CANopen, NMEA

Standalone CAN Bus Data Logger and CAN Bus
                                        Interface ECM

STANDALONE

Log data to 8-32 GB SD - no pc required. 100% power safe. 1W consumption

Small Tiny Compact Enclosure Device Module

COMPACT

Devices are smaller than 8 x 5 x 3 cm and light-weight (100 G)

Real Time Clock Timestamp Date and WiFi 3G
                                                    4G Hotspot

WIFI ACCESS

Auto-push data to your server/cloud via HTTP(S). Over-the-air config/FW updates

Configure Silent Mode Last in First Out RTC
                                Filters Memorator

CONFIGURABLE

Configure filters, silent mode, encryption, cyclic logging, triggers, transmit lists & more

Free CAN Bus Software Analyze CANalyzer
                                        Alternative ECU

SOFTWARE/API

Interoperable formats. Open source tools for configuration, DBC conversion & more

Made in Denmark Quality Free Support

MADE IN DK

Danish engineering.
1-year warranty. CE/FCC/RoHS. Excellent free support





Trusted by engineers at leading OEMs


CSS Electronics Customer Testimonials OEM

Review Volkswagen Connected Car IoT TCU ECU
"The CANedge2 got us up-and-running at a rapid pace with robust config options - and the CSS support was outstanding!"

   — Andrew Nolan, Connected Services at Volkswagen Group of America

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J1939 OEM WiFi Diagnostics Engineering
"It was really easy to configure the device and make it work. The WiFi logger is great for getting quality data remotely."

   — Jesus Alvarez, Siemens Engines R&D

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J1939 Logger Excavator Truck Heavy-Duty
"We use the CANedge1 for fault detection on in-field machines. It really helps us pin-point issues that can't be identified via built-in machine diagnostics - with very good and quick support by CSS!"

   — Peter Kremers, JCB Deutschland GmbH

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Electric Vehicle Data Logger EV Battery Telematics Fleet
"The CANedge let us collect data from our fleet of test EVs - I would definitely recommend it to anyone who wants a CAN data logger."

   — Yettella Siva, Bosch India

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Late Stage Field Test Vehicles EV Motorcycles Kvaser
                    Alternative
"We loved it! And I can put 5 of these CAN loggers on our test fleet for the price of one Memorator logger"

   — Bryan Cady, Battery Specialist at Zero Motorcycles

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Vehicle Development Field Tests Toyota Review Motor
                    Fuel Sensor
" The CAN logger is low cost & easy to use - and enables data logging with no driver interaction needed!"

   — Rob MacArthur, Engineer, Toyota Motor North America R&D

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Tribine Review Long-Term Blackbox Vehicle Data
                    Standalone
"The CL2000 can be left in the machine all of the time - and the price lets us buy enough units to truly utilize this ability"

   — Greg Leck, Electronics Design Engineer at Tribine

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Liebherr Aerospace CANedge2 Telematics Data Logger
"Happy to work with the CANedge2 - good possibilities and easy to configure/use!"

   — Sébastien Zanatta, Liebherr Aerospace Toulouse SAS

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J1939 DBC Truck Data
"The CL2000 is very easy to setup, the software is intuitive and the *.DBC feature is nice - highly recommend it!"

   — Curtis Steele, Manager, Product Development at ProAll

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CAN Logger Field Test Data Harvester Equipment
" We used the logger for months now - despite rough environments we found the device sturdy and reliable"

   — Caspar van Zon, Senior Software Developer at Kverneland Group (Netherlands)

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J1939 Engine Test Stand Proprietary Data
"The CLX000 worked perfectly for reverse engineering proprietary J1939 data"

   — Daan de Roos, owner of DDR Engineering & Marine Projects

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WiFi CAN Logger Aircraft UAV
"The CL3000 works perfectly - and it has one of the best value/cost ratios in the market"

   — Yago Yáñez Marco, PhD at Singular Aircraft

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Review PG Low Cost Vehicle Data Logger Vector
                    Alternative
"These seem to be the ONLY affordable CAN loggers on the market"

   — Chad C, PG Engineered Control Solutions

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J1939 Data Logger Mobile Crane Hydraulics
" We were pleasantly surprised how easy the setup was - I must commend the CSS team, they did a heck of a job making the product a pleasant out of the box experience!"

   — Jeff F, Western Integrated Technologies

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Which CAN logger do you need?



CANedge - pro specs 2x CAN/LIN logger

The CANedge is our 2nd gen CAN/LIN data logger. It combines ease-of-use with pro specs and powerful configuration options. The timestamped data can be processed in your favorite tools - or via 100% free open source software/APIs.

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CLX000 - low cost CAN logger/interface

The CLX000 lets you log CAN data to an SD card in CSV format - and process it via the free software tools. Further, you can stream data in real-time via USB on your PC for e.g. reverse engineering and diagnostics purposes.

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CLX000 Low Cost CAN Logger & Interface




CANmod Sensor to CAN bus Modules

CANmod - sensor-to-CAN modules

The CANmod is a series of 'sensor-to-CAN' modules that output e.g. GNSS/IMU or thermocouple data. The modules integrate with any CAN bus system - incl. as add-ons for the CANedge.

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100% free & open source software/API tools



Easily configure devices & process data via free software tools.

  • Configure devices via simple GUI editors
  • Convert your data to CSV, Vector ASC or PEAK TRC
  • DBC decode CAN data to physical values and plot
  • Visualize your data in customizable browser dashboards
  • Manage your CANedge2 IoT devices & data remotely

Convert your data to CSV, Vector ASC or PEAK TRC. DBC decode it to physical values and create graphical plots. Or visualize your data in customizable browser dashboards - your choice!

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If you're in doubt which CAN logger to choose, contact us - we always respond fast with quality sparring.

Below is our 'rule of thumb' guidance:

  • CL1000: If you only need to stream data via USB
  • CL2000: If you need to both stream data via USB and log data to an SD card
  • CANedge1: If you only need to log data to an SD card
  • CANedge2: If you need to log data to an SD card and transfer it via a WiFi/3G/4G access point to your own server

Overall, the CANedge (and related software) is far superior for SD card logging - and we strongly recommend this series, unless you explicitly require USB streaming. If you need to collect data frequently/automatically/remotely, see the CANedge2.




CL1000 CL2000 CANedge1 CANedge2
169 EUR 229 EUR 299 EUR 449 EUR
CAN & LIN CL1000 CL2000 CANedge1 CANedge2
# of CAN channels 1 1 2 2
# of LIN channels 2 2
CAN FD Yes Yes
RTC with battery backup (resolution)  
 i  All loggers except the CL1000 have a real-time clock for timestamping each data frame with the absolute date & time. The CANedge timestamp resolution is 20x higher than the CLX000, which is relevant as the CANedge is able to log a far higher number of frames per second.
Yes (1 ms) Yes (0.05 ms) Yes (0.05 ms)
#frames/second  
 i  The CLX000 is able to log up to around 800-1000 frames without message-loss. The CANedge is designed for lossless logging at any busload and has been used in various use cases to record 4000+ frames/second (2000+ per channel). In practice, most CAN bus applications broadcast between 500-1500 frames/second.
~800-1000 ~800-1000 4000+ 4000+
DATA LOGGING CL1000 CL2000 CANedge1 CANedge2
SD card logging  
 i  All loggers have an 8 GB SD card as the default card (optional 32 GB SD card upgrade)
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Industrial & extractable SD  
 i  The CLX000 enables log file transfer via USB (~0.5 MB/s), while the CANedge enables log file transfer via the extractable industrial micro SD card (~80 MB/s)
Yes Yes
Log file format  
 i  The CLX000 logs in a simple CSV-style TXT format. The CANedge logs in the MDF4 (.MF4) log file format is a standardized and popular binary format for logging e.g. CAN bus and LIN bus data. It is supported by various existing software and API tools
.TXT .TXT MDF4 (.MF4) MDF4 (.MF4)
Cyclic logging  
 i  Cyclic logging lets the device overwrite the oldest file once the SD card is full
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Silent mode Yes Yes Yes Yes
Bit-rate auto detection  
 i  The device can auto-detect the bit rate for most applications. It is also possible to select a manual bit-rate from a list of standard bit-rates. Further, the CANedge supports advanced bit-rate customization
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Filters & prescaling  
 i  The CLX000 supports up to 8 "acceptance" CAN ID filters using "masks", while the CANedge supports 64 extended or 128 regular CAN ID filters per channel. The CANedge filters can be set to either "acceptance" or "rejection" - and you can define both "masks" and "ranges" for the filters. The CLX000 supports basic 'Count' prescaling to log only e.g. every 5th frame. The CANedge supports both a Count, Time and Data prescaler type
Basic Basic Advanced Advanced
Transmit lists  
 i  The CLX000 supports up to 20 custom transmit frames, while the CANedge supports up to 64 custom transmit frames per channel
Basic Basic Advanced Advanced
Control signal (trigger)  
 i  The CLX000 supports start/stop of logging based on the presence of a specific CAN ID. The CANedge extends this to be able to trigger logging/transmitting on specific databyte values as well (e.g. if EngineSpeed exceeds a specific threshold)
Basic Basic Advanced Advanced
Data compression & encryption  
 i  The CANedge enables optional compression of data to reduce file size by 50-80% vs. uncompressed data (and vs. the CLX000 log files).

Further, the CANedge can encrypt data so that it can only be read via a password - e.g. to ensure GDPR/CCPA compliance as well as ensure that the data has not been tampered with
Yes Yes
STREAMING CL1000 CL2000 CANedge1 CANedge2
USB streaming to PC  
 i  The CLX000 has a USB connector to allow streaming of data in real-time via USB to a PC. The streamed data can be displayed in SavvyCAN or Wireshark and e.g. analyzed for reverse engineering
Yes Yes
WIFI CL1000 CL2000 CANedge1 CANedge2
Secure WiFi data transfer  
 i  The CANedge2 can auto-push log files via WiFi access points (incl. e.g. 3G/4G USB hotspots) to your own S3 server (e.g. an AWS S3 cloud or a free MinIO S3 server). Data can be uploaded via HTTP or secure HTTPS. The WiFi connection also allows the CANedge2 to auto-sync the RTC to ensure that large fleets of devices are in time sync
Yes
Over-the-air config/firmware Yes
SOFTWARE CL1000 CL2000 CANedge1 CANedge2
Configuration editor  
 i  The CLX000 INI config can be modified via a text editor or via the free CANvas software. The CANedge JSON config can be modified via a text editor or the free online/offline editor tools. For the CANedge2, we also provide a simple batch manager tool for updating multiple devices over-the-air
Yes Yes Yes Yes
DBC conversion support  
 i  The CLX000 log files can be DBC converted via the free CANvas software. The CANedge log files can be DBC converted via e.g. the free open source asammdf software or Python API
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Convert data to e.g. ASC, TRC  
 i  The CLX000 log files can be converted to Vector ASC or PEAK TRC via the CANvas software tool.

The CANedge log files can be converted via simple drag & drop converters, which can also be used in scripts or via the command line. The CANedge converters support multiple formats including Vector ASC, PEAK TRC, CSV and the CLX000 TXT format
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Graphical plot support  
 i  The asammdf GUI enables easy graphical plots of DBC converted data
Yes Yes
Data processing API  
 i  The CANedge log files can be processed via Python APIs for e.g. automatic analysis of large amounts of data.

Further, S3 APIs can be used for easily managing uploaded data & device files on your server - enabling fully automated systems e.g. for BI integration or data dashboards
Yes Yes
Dashboard integration  
 i  The CANedge data can be easily visualized via free, open source and customizable browser dashboards (e.g. via Grafana). This is particularly useful in combination with the automatic data collection of the CANedge2
Yes Yes
Telematics "cockpit"  
 i  CANcloud is a free optional browser tool for the CANedge2. It lets you log in to your server via the browser and manage your connected devices & data. For example you can monitor devices in the field via the status dashboard and perform easy over-the-air updates
Yes
MECHANICAL CL1000 CL2000 CANedge1 CANedge2
L x W x H (mm)  
 i  Note that the CANedge2 antennna is excluded in the measurements
66.7 x 42.7 x 23.5 66.7 x 42.7 x 23.5 52.5 x 81.4 x 24.5 52.5 x 81.4 x 24.5
Weight (g) 50 50 100 100
Enclosure ABS Plastic ABS Plastic Aluminium Aluminium


The comparison table can also be downloaded as an Excel here.




The CANedge series is the 2nd generation of the CLX000 series and provides a range of improvements:

Mechanical

  • Aluminum enclosure: The new enclosure is far more robust and enables use of different external WiFi antennas
  • 5V power out: Easily power e.g. a 3G/4G hotspot via the 2nd port using a DB9-USB adapter (CANedge2)
  • Channels: 2xCAN/LIN channels, enabling logging from 2 CAN + 2 LIN buses in parallel
  • Industrial SD: The CANedge uses an industrial SD card, improving performance, life time, temperature range & more
  • Extractable SD: The SD can be extracted to transfer data at 80 MB/s (vs 0.5 MB/s for the CLX000 via USB)

Log files & software/API

  • MDF4 log files: Popular binary MDF4 format - more compact than CSV, faster to process, supported by many CAN tools
  • CANcloud: Open source CANcloud browser tool makes it easy to manage log files and e.g. configure devices (incl. OTA)
  • JSON SChema: Config files are based on the JSON Schema concept, supported by many open source tools
  • asammdf GUI: Enables user-friendly MDF4 log file editing, DBC-conversion (incl. OBD2/J1939), graphical plots & more
  • asammdf API: Easily process your data at scale and automate the creation of e.g. reports/databases/dashboards
  • Converters: Open source light-weight converters enable drag & drop/CLI conversion of MDF4 into e.g. *.csv and *.asc

Data logging

  • Lossless: The CANedge can log extreme bus loads with zero message loss (the CLX000 is limited to ~1000 frames/sec )
  • Advanced configuration: More advanced filters & transmit lists (e.g. up to 128 filters vs. 8 on CLX000)
  • Advanced triggers: Start/stop logging based on CAN ID & databyte values
  • Compression: Optional compression lets you reduce log file size by 50-70%
  • Encryption: Optional encryption lets you encrypt CAN data on the SD card
  • Precision: 20x higher RTC resolution (50 micro seconds) - with advanced WiFi RTC sync
  • Boot time: Much faster boot time vs the CLX000 (~1 sec vs. ~10 sec)
  • CAN FD: Supports CAN FD (Flexible Data-Rate) data logging, making it future proof

WiFi (CANedge2)

  • WiFi: Vastly improved WiFi (stability, range, dynamic switching between 1-5 WiFi access points, device status updates)
  • Over-the-air updates: Update device configuration/firmware over-the-air (OTA) with a few clicks - incl. via batch tools
  • Security: Secure HTTPS transfers (instead of unsecured FTP). Encrypted credentials on SD
  • Clouds: S3 interface enables plug & play integration in e.g. AWS, Google Cloud, Azure - and free S3 servers like MinIO
  • S3 API: The S3 API enables easy automation of your server file management incl. e.g. OTA updates and log file processing

Further, the CANedge series will be our focus for new firmware upgrades - meaning you'll see a lot of powerful features added in addition to the above over the coming period. The main use case where a CLX000 is optimal is if you primarily need to stream real-time CAN data via USB (which is not supported by the CANedge series).



The CAN loggers are plug & play, letting you record raw CAN data out-the-box:

  • Connect the device to your CAN bus (optionally using one of our DB9 adapter cables)
  • The device powers on, detects the bit rate and starts logging raw data to the SD card
  • Disconnect the device, extract the SD and insert it into your PC (or extract via USB for the CLX000)
  • From here, you can open the raw log files in the free open source software to DBC decode & analyze it

In addition, there are vast configuration options and ways to utilize the software/APIs as part of your CAN data acquisition.

For more details, see the get started guides which go through each step of the CAN logging and data processing.



Below we detail what type of data you can record with our CAN bus systems (split by protocol, application and parameters):

Protocols

All devices can log data from any high-speed CAN bus system (ISO 11898-2) - incl. higher layer protocols.

Examples include:

The CANedge can also log the below:

Applications

The Controller Area Network is used in practically all automotives today and many machinery applications.

Examples include:

Parameters

The devices allow you to log all broadcasted CAN bus data - as well as request e.g. OBD2/DTC data.

Examples include:

  • Speed, Engine RPM, MAF
  • Temperatures (oil, coolant)
  • Throttle & brake position
  • Fuel level & rate
  • Diagnostic trouble codes
  • Tire pressure, ABS
  • Hydraullic pressure
  • Engine torque, exhaust
  • Gear position
  • ... and much more

Note: CAN data acquisition lets you record data in raw form, which means it needs to be decoded to human-readable form (aka 'scaled engineering values' or 'physical values') - so that you can plot and analyze it. This requires a CAN bus decoder software/API/script and a DBC file (database of CAN bus decoding rules).

You can DBC convert CAN data from our devices via the free CANvas tool (CLX000) or the asammdf GUI/API (CANedge). Further, we offer a free OBD2 DBC and a low cost J1939 DBC for conversion purposes.




Our CAN loggers are used in many different use cases - incl. below examples:

Telematics

The CANedge is ideal for telematics in e.g. J1939 heavy duty vehicle fleets or warehouses

Development

For OEMs, CANloggers are core in developing e.g. ECUs and powertrains in test bench setups & dynos

Optimization

CAN bus decoders are key in optimizing fuel costs, driver safety, vehicle emissions, boost performance etc.

Maintenance

Automated access to vehicle data can be a key enabler in both regular, preventive and predictive maintenance

Field tests

Late-stage prototype development requires low cost standalone blackbox vehicle data loggers for field tests

Car diagnostics

CAN loggers can be used to log/stream OBD2 data ideal for e.g. analysis of driving behavior or diagnostics

EV batteries

Data is increasingly critical in managing electric vehicle batteries (EV batteries) - e.g. in forklifts and AGVs

CAN hacking

The CLX000 provides a powerful CAN bus sniffer solution for e.g. car hacking and reverse engineering

See also our case studies & reviews section with practical use cases from our end users.




We provide free software for all our devices - as well as APIs for the CANedge:


Free Software & API Tools (CANedge)


MDF4 converters

The CANedge MF4 log files can be easily converted via the free open source MF4 converters - e.g. to CSV, ASC (Vector), TRC (PEAK) and more - allowing you to load data in your favorite tools

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asammdf GUI

The open source asammdf has an easy-to-use GUI tool for Windows/Linux that lets you read, edit, export, DBC convert and plot MF4 log files from the CANedge2 (incl. OBD2 or J1939)

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Dashboards

You can easily set up 100% free and customizable browser dashboards to enable CAN bus telematics. We provide the key tools and a full step-by-step guide for setting this up via Grafana

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CANcloud

CANcloud lets you manage your CANedge devices & data in your browser. Simply login to your S3 server to e.g. download files or update devices over-the-air. 100% open source

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S3 API

The CANedge2 stores data on your server as 'S3 objects', which is supported by open APIs/SDKs for all major languages. This lets you automate data processing, over-the-air updates etc.

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Free Software Tools (CLX000)


CANvas

CANvas is a Windows tool that lets you configure your CLX000, stream data via USB in Wireshark - or convert log file data to human-readable form (e.g. OBD2 data - or J1939 data via DBC). Ideal for batch processing log files.

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SavvyCAN

SavvyCAN is a Windows/Linux GUI tool for streaming CAN data via the CLX000 (or loading log files). It offers real-time DBC decoding, visual plots and powerful tools for reverse engineering & diagnostics.

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Wireshark Plugin

The Wireshark plugin lets you stream real-time raw or DBC converted CAN data from the CLX000 - and provides a powerful trace view for CAN bus reverse engineering

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Note: All the above tools are 100% optional - you can use the CLX000/CANedge devices without any of the above.




Yes, the CANedge series is designed for easy white labeling:

  • The CANedge SD card, configuration files, log files etc. are "sanitized" by default - i.e. no mention of product/company name
  • The CANedge can be purchased without the front logo silk print and the backside label can be removed
  • The CANcloud open source software is designed for easy logo/color customization via CSS styling
  • You host your own server (with no vendor lock-in) - i.e. we do not charge any subscription fees or similar
  • With the S3 & MDF4 APIs, it's simple to create e.g. automated reports, dashboards or database integrations
  • For large volume orders, we can offer custom labels & frontside stickers

To learn more about our white label options, please contact us.



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  • We ship globally - if your country is not listed during check-out, contact us
  • Unless otherwise stated, all products are in stock



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