Deployment of hardware should be guided by a user manual for the hardware where possible.
Device preparation should cover elements such as ensuring the appropriate method of power had been provided and that the unit is rugged enough for its intended environment. Any external hardware required should also be made ready before the device is deployed. For example, using a radio-controlled device may need a master radio base-station to collect the data.
Deployment of the hardware should follow the steps laid out in the user manual. Common sense should prevail but a devices user manual can help with unintended issue that may arise or which hadn’t been anticipated for.
A suitable maintenance strategy for hardware needs to be in place, although devices exists which required only a small, if any power source, the majority will need to have batteries changed if not plugged in and at the very least a cursory check of the device to ensure no damage impedes recording should be carried out.