Conception of a dimensioning and monitoring device for a hospital information system in Central Africa. | BEAMS

Conception of a dimensioning and monitoring device for a hospital information system in Central Africa.

Project information
Project type: 
MA1 project
Academic year: 
Research unit: 
Embedded Electronics
BEAMS supervisors
Academic promoter
Joao Marques

Skills required:

  • Basic electronics

  • Programming proficiency (Understanding Java and Arduino c/c++ is a plus)

  • French speaking (All communication and documentation is in French)

Keywords: Hardware and software integration, in situ testing, embedded development, remote monitoring.


In order to improve healthcare quality and the efficiency of sanitary infrastructure management in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the European Agency for Development and Health (AEDES) and the Brussels School of Engineering developed a hospital information management system using tablets: CERHIS ( This solution is well suited for hospitals and health centers in harsh environments (limited access to electricity, low quality or no Internet connectivity, temperature, humidity, etc.), and having limited financial and technical means.

The system is used in several health centers, however to ensure it’s efficiently installed and working well, it relies on two key aspects:

  • The dimensioning of the system needs to be adjusted before its installation (e.g. batteries capacity and solar panels size).

  • An efficient remote monitoring, enabling the local technicians to react quickly in case of a breakdown.

During previous MA1 projects, solutions have been successfully developed and tested to solve those two challenges. They are still at a prototype stage though, and the advantages of both systems could be combined into a single optimal solution.


You will need to design and produce a device able to dimension and monitor a hospital information system used in Central Africa. Your solution could revolve around an embedded solution such as a Raspberry Pi, but the choice of the best suited hardware will be part of your assignation.

Your device will effectively be implemented in situ and will help improving the healthcare quality for people in a developing country.

All along the project, you will interact with AEDES and ULB-Coopération as your clients. After having defined the project specifications with them, you will analyze the previous projects to determine what should be recycled into your solution.

A first prototype will be needed by the end of 2018 or early 2019 and sent in DRC for testing.


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