How can mobile apps contribute to the success of IoT?
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The Internet of Things has revolutionized the way we interact with objects on a daily basis. Technology is meant to make human lives better, and this is the reason why IoT is the best gift technology has offered us of late.
The recent wave of mobile app development has kickstarted a major change in the way people ‘consume’ services. For example, Uber has opened the door for taxi app development. On-demand mobile apps such as Seamless and Grofers are taking care of the food and grocery needs of mobile users with utmost simplicity.
The time has come for mobile app developers to design IoT-friendly applications. Integrating interactive sensors in the physical objects will solve only one part of the puzzle. For the IoT to work with precision, it is imperative to deploy a particular kind of mechanism that enables the objects to exchange the data. There is a list of items that must be embedded in those objects such as software, sensors, electronics, and even network connectivity.
Creating an IoT app requires one to add a rule to the events that are performed by the objects. Also, it is essential to create the secured data exchange unit along with the device control unit having the monitoring and calculating capabilities. These are just a few of the most basic needs when adding rules to events, creating a secure data exchange protocol and building a device control unit with monitoring capabilities. All of which must be accessible as services as a simplified pick & add elements by the IoT developer.
First things first
With the advent of mobile apps, it is possible to create a mechanism where the transmitted information from objects is captured in real time by mobile apps. So when these two things – interactive objects and mobile apps — are blended, the IoT can be put to good use. The scope of achieving certain tasks with unified simplicity is broadened when mobile apps interact with interactive objects. With the sensor prices going down gradually, the augmented IoT can be deployed in our daily lives.
Few of the areas where IoT is already making waves are the following: wearable devices, electronic appliances, and even clothes.
Wearables comprise of affable items that a user can own and utilize. The unique feature of wearables is diverse functionality. On the other hand, mobile devices are nudging us towards a better, connected world. However, for this to happen, the mobile app developers must devote themselves to carving an amazing future for this generation.
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Mobile app developers are marking their presence gradually, yet significantly felt. They must be knowledgeable about how to operate certain devices and to configure various parameters when using different communication protocols. Mobile apps can contribute to the growth of IoT in many ways.
IoT and lifestyle
One of the major areas where IoT is spreading pretty quickly is the lifestyle sector. Plenty of companies have already started to provide interactive home solutions. With Z-Wave communication protocol, it is possible to enable IoT in the home appliances. Mobile apps can efficiently utilize this protocol to interact with objects. Home automation is pretty much possible by integrating Z-Wave and syncing the same with the mobile application. It is possible to operate lightings, swimming pools’ temperature, and so on and so forth. The Z-Wave technology has been in the market for quite some time but cramming it into a mobile app is new.
Even the ZigBee home automation uses the same concept. ZigBee is equipped with the application layer that makes it possible for the mobile app to communicate. ZigBee Smart Energy V2.0 allows developers to define an internet protocol that helps with the monitoring part, controlling, and informing, and automating the use of energy and water. Thus, mobile apps for these technologies can genuinely shape the home automation future by taking it even further.
IoT and travel
This is a newcomer in the world of traveling with the advent of IoT apps. Smart tourism is the concept where smartphone apps are armed with QR codes and NFS tags. These elements interact with various physical locations in the city, including museums, libraries, touristic attraction, monuments, buses information, taxis, restaurants, and many other things. The thing with the complexity of IoT is its diversity, and therefore, it has different things to offer to different users.
One of first cities to host a Smart Tourism trial was Athens, Greece and it had a user base of 300 people. Three concepts were integrated into a mobile app – ‘smart hotel’, ‘smart moving on city’, ‘smart tour in the city’.
For Smart Hotel, the IoT part of the story controlled the room conditions, hotel notifications, food ordering, and plenty of other applications were integrated to raise the bar of luxury with the help of technology innovation. The Smart Transport program works with IoT to optimize the coach of tourists visiting the city, giving them all the traffic details, and venue queue details. All this was available to users at the touch of their smartphones through a simple mobile application. Smart tour in the city used IoT to inform about the various events across the city – and all this live.
Virtually all wearable devices track and enable the human interaction via mobile applications. Health and fitness app development has just begun, but the prospects are great. The pervasiveness of mobile apps can be felt in almost all corners of every business entity. Moreover, that is the reason why mobile apps play a significant role in taking the IoT revolution to the next step.
It is just a matter of time until mobile applications will solely be made for each product out there. For example, BayIt Lighting was made by the BayIt home automation with the aim to control the household lights. One of the biggest game-changers in this are is the customized mobile app development for the IoT which will expand the possibilities of creating holistic mobile applications in the long run.