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IoT software development:
the future today


Nowadays we want everything to be smart. Everyone has heard about smart watches, smart cars, and smart homes. The Internet of Things is booming, and it is not a pipe dream anymore. The IoT technology is often used in many industries such as manufacturing, education, transportation, energy, financial services and healthcare.

Sensors, communication devices, networking chips are growing explosively and becoming inexpensive. They are supposed to connect to the Internet devices, for example, smartwatches, and a system of automation. Thus they receive and send different kinds of data: temperature, pulse rate, sounds, etc. A system of automation stores, organizes and processes data before presenting it to a user.

Many analysts anticipate the expansion and development of IoT. It will change the way people interact with the material world. By 2019 approximately 60 percent of consumers are expected to have connected technology in their homes; most of them will buy wearable technology. According to McKinsey, by 2025 IoT will make approximately $11 trillion a year in economic value.

What is the Internet of Things?

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a network of interconnected computing devices, vehicles, mechanical and digital machines, home appliances, and other objects with built-in unique identifiers (sensors, electronics, software) that enable them to receive and exchange data over a network without requiring human interference.

Types of IoT software

The Internet of Things development is one of the most discussed tech topics of the twenty-first century. However, IoT expands far beyond consumer and home applications. Manufacturing, oil, logistics, agriculture, mining and other industries have also applied IoT systems to increase productivity. The Internet of Things (IoT) is of great value to business and industry due to digitizing internal operations and creating new digital products and business models.

Industrial tech companies including IBM, Cisco, and General Electric have been following the IoT trend, considering the development of the Internet of Things to be a basis for their business. A lot of startups are developing networking infrastructure, cloud platforms, sensors, and machine learning software in order to get the necessary data, thus meeting the needs of heavy industry.

IT specialists distinguish two main types of IoT software: Enterprise or Industrial IoT and Consumer IoT. The distinction between Consumer IoT and Industrial IoT is mainly in the types of applications, devices, and technologies that are used to achieve a purpose. Examples of Industrial IoT devices are beacons, RFID Tags, sensors, etc, while consumer IoT devices include wearables, healthcare devices, connected cars, and smart homes.

Anyway, it is still IoT, and despite the differences, there are a lot of overlaps between its types. However, people invest mostly in the Industrial Internet of Things, and thus the amount of apps IoT development companies create for enterprises is quite numerous.

Examples of IoT applications and software

Smart Headphones

Amazon is of great importance in the Internet of Things development. The company launched the Dash Wand in the UK and managed to obtain a patent for smart headphones in America. This smart device has a noise-canceling technology that suppresses the noise consumers don’t want to hear and cancels this function when a clear sound is heard.

The previous technology allowed a user to turn on or off the noise-canceling function. Smart headphones can block the noise of trains and airplanes. However, they can isolate consumers from sounds they may need to hear, for example, a beeping car, somebody calling their name, or an ambulance. The new technology can analyze sounds and select which ones to let in; the headphones may have pre-set keywords that a user can choose from the list.

Google Assistant

Google Assistant is a personal smart assistant that is controlled by voice and can be engaged in a two-way conversation. Before extending to Android devices Google Assistant was available on Google Pixel smartphones and Google Home. Now it is available for not only for the hardware of Google but also for different kinds of devices, from phones and headphones to cars.

The voice commands “Hey, Google” and “OK, Google” allow you to search, send messages, make calls, check the weather, recognize songs, etc. Google Assistant is similar to Siri and Amazon Alexa, but it is capable of understanding context and thus reacting in an appropriate way.

Smart Home devices

Healthcare devices

The Internet of Things for Automotive

How to create IoT software?

What is the best way of building IoT software? Where to start when building IoT applications? What skills should an IoT developer have? A decent IoT app development company knows the answers to these questions and can offer you best quality technologies.

The basis of the Internet of Things applications is the things themselves. The things IoT uses are usually edge devices which can connect to the Internet, to other things or to an Internet gateway device.

The next level of the IoT development is software and infrastructure running in a data center or a cloud and organizing data from other devices. The IoT software usually also manages and updates things. At the analytics level there comes processing of the organized data. And at the end-user level, an app is ready for use.

It is quite reasonable to consider developing IoT applications on top of a ready-made Internet of Things platform as it is significantly time- and work-saving. Many IoT app development companies offer such kinds of platforms as ThingWorx, Mnubo, Bug Labs, Xively and other IoT solutions.

The Raspberry Pi hardware is great for building the Internet of Things projects. Having a tiny inexpensive platform, it offers a complete Linux server.

Microsoft, Google, and Amazon are working on the IoT strategy to improve their cloud platforms. Android Things is an Android-based embedded OS for the Internet of Things released by Google. It is an effort to connect devices and the cloud. The OS supports Bluetooth Low Energy and Wi-Fi.

Bluetooth Low Energy was introduced in 2004 and has become an IoT driven personal area network technology. Being much more power-conserving than its predecessor, Bluetooth LE is designed for Internet-connected devices that are used in healthcare, security, tracking, fitness, entertainment, etc. It enables them to exchange data with smartphones and tablets.

Bluetooth Low Energy is relevant for both Industrial and Consumer IoT due to its long battery life, low cost, and ease of deployment. It greatly facilitates wireless data communication between different devices.

What should be considered in the Internet of Things application development?

In order to meet customers’ needs, IoT software development companies should implement some important practices for the IoT software development as well as for the IoT web development.

Testing should be a top priority. Only then you can get a high-quality product as a result. If an IoT application is too complicated, the software can be susceptible to errors. Moreover, if something goes wrong in the interaction of a hardware device, a sensor, and an app, the system can fail completely.

Continuous monitoring in the Internet of Things software development is a must for preventing errors and failures.

Responsibility must be taken by management. Analytics have to assure quality and assess software risks as any negligence in IoT application development can cause security problems can be very expensive to correct.

Competence in the Internet of Things app development is of great importance. Choose the company that will offer you the best quality IoT solution. Contact us! We know all about IoT software.

(с) 2017, Vilmate LLC


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