IoT’s impact the mobile application development

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IoT is increasingly becoming a part of mobile application developments. IoT enables your businesses, to offer a superior mobile app.

What is IoT (Internet of Things)?

A conceptual definition would say that the Internet of Things represents physical objects connected with their own digital identity and which are also capable of communicating with each other. We can perceive this as a link between the virtual world and the real world.

A more technical definition would explain that Internet of Things is the way of identifying a physical object in a directly digital and normalized manner (through SMTP, HTTP protocols, IP address etc.…) thanks to a wireless communication system, such as RFID, Wi-Fi or even Bluetooth.

Connected objects generate large amounts of data. Data storage and processing is part of the so-called Big Data.

Mobile applications which use IoT

The use of the Internet of Things in mobile applications, provides a high level of service, in terms of data.

Before IoT existed, it was possible to locate fixed position elements, such as a taxi station. With IoT, we can now locate the nearest car owned by the taxi company. This simple difference is one of the key factors, which added to Uber’s success.

Your mobile contains IoT sensors, therefore, your phone knows when you move around: it knows your position (latitude, longitude), it also knows what music you are listening to, the application you have activated, the videos you are watching, it knows the sound of your voice, if you use a voice-activated application like Siri etc. An Uber driver has the same sensors, which is why the Uber mobile app manages to offer you instant geolocation services, with drivers across the country with tailor-made rates.

Design mobile applications with IoT

Application development using IoT is different from a typical mobile application. Users expect applications to be ever smaller and consume only a few megabytes of storage space. Security and confidentiality will be the areas to focus on. It shall also be necessary to encrypt the data and protect the user’s identity. A mobile application design has to take advantage of the connectivity possibilities, offered by mobiles which includes Bluetooth, NFC, Wi-Fi, and much more. Just like the Uber model, you can offer a high level of service to your customers, while keeping in mind that you’ll need to make some additional effort, in terms of security and data privacy. But the benefits of accessibility and customer loyalty are more than worth it.

In terms of logistics for example, the sensors could help trace goods during delivery and managing stocks.

In the environment sector, the sensors could help measure air quality, the noise level or even the temperature.

In terms of home automation, IoT concerns all appliances which communicate (smart meters, connected security system, smoke detectors, presence etc.)

In terms of health, you also have a wide range of mobile applications at your disposal, for example to retrieve all the data from connected objects (wristbands, watches, connected clothes, etc.) and other medical sensors, after which ones collects them in a mobile application where the user could consult the information, related to his health.

According to many studies, the number of connected objects will not stop increasing over time, as a result, the development of mobile applications still has a bright future ahead.

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