Medical equipment manufacturer Bio Business scaled up with Raspberry Pi

Egyptian medical equipment manufacturer Bio Business was looking to upgrade patient monitoring devices with IoT capability. The story of how Bio Business and Raspberry Pi came to work together is the latest addition to our collection of Success Stories, but here’s a quick overview.

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Detailed data like temperature, humidity, and air quality readings were needed, as well as a cloud connection to store and share all the data. You don’t want to be sending humans to physically wander through a hospital disturbing patients to check on the functioning of medical equipment if you can avoid it; a remote monitoring solution is less intrusive and less resource-intensive as well.

How is Raspberry Pi involved?

Bio Business chose Raspberry Pi Compute Module 4 and RP2040 microcontrollers to incorporate into their medical products.

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Our tiny computers and microcontrollers do all sorts of cool things. One application sees them powering portable device monitors which allow CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machines to check oxygen levels, and display information on LCD screens for the patient. We’re also inside an oxygen concentrator that lets the user adjust their own flow while making efficient use of the oxygen in ambient air.

Scaling fast

The Egyptian government encouraged Bio Business to expand during the COVID-19 pandemic to help the country meet its medical care needs.

An initial order of 14,000 RP2040s represented a significant outlay for the 49-employee company, but with reliable technical support from us here at Raspberry Pi, they have been able to meet the time-sensitive requirements of their customers.

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Currently, Bio Business is the only company in Egypt doing this kind of research and development and getting better products to market, something company founder Mostafa Elwakeel says is “good for us, but not good for the country.”

More success stories like this one

Bio Business might be the newest kid on our business applications story block, but they’re a very long way from the only ones using our tiny computers for big things. We also help to produce fabulous wine at Vineyard Kikushima in Japan, enable Directed Machines‘ robots to carry out agricultural tasks, and keep the wheels turning at Brompton‘s iconic London bicycle manufacturing facility.

You can find out more about how businesses around the world are using Raspberry Pi technology by visiting the For industry tab on our homepage.

3 comments

William Stevenson avatar

It is still a pain that various RPis are unavailable, but I think it was the right decision to give priority to industrial concerns. I am pleased to hear these success stories.

Fred avatar

It’s a very tough situation to be in.
If I was in school again, learning about Raspberry Pi’s and realising it is ‘real world’ technology that isn’t just restricted to education, being used in industry and that experience with these things can help get jobs in industry afterwards, it would have really motivated me even more!
But that’s just me.
Let’s see what happens in the next few months, things will hopefully get better in time.

Ashley Whittaker avatar

Thaaaaat’s nice William. Thank you. We want to be able to sell to EVERYONE, obviously, but lots of difficult decisions have cropped up over the past couple of years. Gunnning harder than anyone for this chip shortage to be over ASAP!

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