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 The beauty of the Raspberry Pi lies in its versatility. Although only small in size, it can be used for a wide and varied range of functions. Initially launched in 2012, we are now onto the Raspberry Pi 4, which was released onto the market midway through 2019.

Created with the intention of helping to educate school children in the art of coding, the Raspberry Pi has since become the UK’s largest selling computer of all time. There’s no denying it has come a long way from its original inception, is now being used on a much wider scale and is still available at a perfectly reasonable cost. So, how can it help your business?

Turn it into a server

The Raspberry Pi 4 boasts a more powerful processor and claims to be faster than ever, which may help to settle the debate over whether it offers strong enough performance to act as a useful server. In addition to the Raspberry Pi, you’ll likely need a micro USB charger, an ethernet cable and a microSD card as well as a HDMI monitor, cable and a USB keyboard.

Once you have all the right materials, you’ll need to go through the configuration process, SSH setup and the installation of the likes of Apache of NGINX. The Raspberry Pi can be used for a host of server functions – for NAS files, web and media to name just three – so is applicable to a wide range of businesses with differing needs.

Use it for business intelligence

Organisations all over the world use a dashboard, where employees can log in and view things like their holiday allowance, any HR documents and their personal performance ratings. However, powering these front ends can be an inefficient use of a computer, and the Raspberry Pi may be able to do the same job in a much more cost-effective manner, helping your business to boost its profitability.

Use it to power lights and signage

If your business uses lights and digital signage as a crucial part of its marketing and advertising, there’s a good chance you could be implementing a Raspberry Pi in order to power them. Using a PC to do so may not be the best use of its capabilities, and a Raspberry Pi may perform the job in a much more efficient fashion. In order to connect to a device with buttons, lights and wires, you’ll need the right soldering tools and skills.

Safety and security

If you want to block adverts at the router level, the Raspberry Pi can do this, too. In doing so, it will remove ads across all devices and save you precious time and money by eliminating the need to install blocks on every individual device. You will need to install Raspbian OS and then Pi-hole, which claims to block more than 100,000 domains.