• 3 tips aiding app developers to stay relevant with IoT

    Today we have more than one example to give strong base to the practicality of the Internet of Things (IoT). The good ones of them include Apple Watches, Amazon’s connected inventory management systems and Nest thermostats. The industry of IoT is growing by leaps and bound. IDE’s findings confirm that. The IoT market is expected to triple its current size in coming years, projecting a big increase in the market worth; from $655.8 billion in 2014 to $1.7 trillion by 2020.

    A growing number of corporations are approving projects and fund to give a try to IOT and how implementing this technology can create new streams of revenue and minimize cost to stay relevant to next generation of customers.

    No doubt with increasing use of IoT, investment is also increasing which, in the mean time, is also increasing the demand of developers having experience in IoT app development targeted to mobile platform. An experienced IoT developer is one which thoroughly understands the cloud failover strategies, particularly for an instance in which a site goes down. With this level of expertise in IoT technology and app, developers would be able to incorporate multiple sensors and device interfaces with machine learning. Apart this, experts also need to stay on the top of the latest standards of smartphones.

    Here are the key tips to help developers stay relevant in dynamic environment of the Internet of the Things.

    Building of data, device and platform interoperability into architecture 

    The first thing for developers to learn is that technologies and allied regulations are regularly evolving and they need to adapt to them accordingly in order to stay competitive. Take the example of today’s retail market protocol, technology and applied platforms which are changing daily, as per the need of customers. We can spot the use of Radio-frequency Identification (RFID) inventory and security tags which manufactures sew into garments at factories. These tiny tags can easily be recorded with various garment related information such as code, size, color, etc.

    When the garments are shipped from factory to store, tags attached to them are scanned and data is transferred to inventory management system just in a flash.

    When retailers provide ‘buy online, pickup in store’ facility to customers, the whole process relied on device’s interoperability with the data and the platform that makes this happened. But if retailers purchase garments from more than one factory which use RFIDs based on different technologies and in the mean time, technology related to these chips is also being upgraded then it becomes quite complicated to deal with transactions. Here developers will need learning the architecting for interoperability from the day one so that they can easily switch between different platforms and also adapt to new technologies brought in the market time after time.

    Watch over IoT cloud innovations.  

    There are multiple of technology and data platforms available in market. This is why developers need to have knowledge and experience in multiple of options. Code is changing. Interfaces too are changing. iOS apps, for example, are previously created in Objective-C but now the company has brought in Swift. Same applies on Java which is a preferred programming technology for Android app but, it might not be necessarily the best fit tomorrow.

    Developers also need to prepare for IoT security and attacks by staying on top vulnerabilities and architecting allowing for a backup plan. Also, they should be mindful in terms of pricing models for IoT cloud platforms which charge on the basis of volumes of data.

    Consider architecting for unbridled access to historic sensor data for ease of analysis.

    Many industries need ready access to historical data to make better and informed decision. Rapid access to this data help employees promptly react to situations. Take the example of healthcare sector in which advanced sensors help doctor measure body and skin temperatures, geo-location data and many more. When the data is ready to access anytime, it provides a complete picture of patient’s condition.

    When IoT related sensors are incorporated into real-time clinical care procedures, it becomes possible for doctors to predict likelihood of particular events like when a heart attack may occur.

    When healthcare providers have enough information about the condition of patients, this information helps them in deciding whether particular event will happen or not. This of course powers them to provide better care to patients, ultimately improving the quality of health.

    With access to the unbridled historic data based on real-time sensing technology, developers are able to provide hospitals with access to the best information they need to make informed decisions related to health treatment of particular patient.

    The market for the Internet of Things is growing with the growing requirements of apps in many industries. For developers, it’s quite important to prioritize interoperability to stay competitive in the respective industries.


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