Local inventor scoops award for smart medicine dispenser

A South African electrical engineer Neo Hutiri came up with a way to cut the waiting period for patients requiring regular medication.

Instead of standing in queues at a pharmacy or clinic, patients receive an SMS with a one-time PIN on their phones and use the code to open a smart locker containing their medicine.

The clinic then receives information on how many patients have collected their medication.

His Pelebox concept has already won the 2019 Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation from Britain’s Royal Academy of Engineering worth £25,000 or R454,500.

Read: New self service ATM-style drug dispensers on the way

The focus for the creation of the product was simplicity and ensuring reliability for the patient.

Neo Hutiri, Founder - Technovera

Making the process as simple as possible for the patient but also making sure that all of the supply chain is intact.

Neo Hutiri, Founder - Technovera

The next step will be to look at the future of authentification as a way to interact with a product and we are excited about that.

Neo Hutiri, Founder - Technovera

Check out the Pelebox website.

To hear the rest of the conversation, listen below:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Local inventor scoops award for smart medicine dispenser


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