Boaz Media & Network Solutions Employs Raspberry Pi for Affordable Video Streaming
A private practice physician wants to stream video in each of his patient rooms at his current practice location. While he will only do this in two rooms, he will eventually be moving into new office space where he wants to have this functionality in 20 rooms. Using smart TVs would prove to be very expensive. BOAZ Media & Network Solutions designs a more affordable solution for the client's current and future needs.
Initially this client will stream educational videos in only two rooms of his current practice location. So the purchase of two smart TVs and the aforementioned disadvantages would seem mute points. But soon the physician will be moving to a new building where he would like video streaming capabilities in 20 rooms. The cost alone of 20 standard smart TVs, ranging anywhere from $700-$1,000 for 42" screen models, is enough to warrant a search for a better solution.
The Raspberry Pi is essentially a mini-computer with 512MB of RAM that occupies a footprint relative to the size of a deck of cards. It uses 90% less power than a PC, and allows for the browsing and playing of media files from a local server hosting an SQL database. The power to run the Pi can come via a USB connection to the TV or monitor (yes, you can use any size TV or monitor with an HDMI connection), or through a 5V cell phone charger. Additionally, you can set up the system to allow accessibility to the media database via a smart phone. This means media play back can be set up in any room in advance of patient arrivals. Complete customization capabilities, which are not available on virtually any smart TV, allow you to name and create your own playlists, and incorporate search tags for easier media browsing and locating. Replacing a Raspberry Pi that goes down is also worry-free. Given its extreme affordability, having an extra on hand is very cost-effective. Since it boots from the media server, all you have to do is plug in a replacement and your back in business.
While this example highlights how BOAZ Media & Network Solutions will use the Raspberry Pi in a physician's office, the company also envisions how this solution is viable anywhere someone wants to incorporate video in multiple locations. Most notably would be today's modern dental office. Many dental offices are incorporating video in each of their patient rooms in order to create a more relaxed and anxiety-free environment. Employing the Raspberry Pi in such a way is an affordable and efficient way to do just that.
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