Why Should You Integrate IoT In The App Development Process?

Posted on January 7, 2020
Kevin Bell

Technology has played a very important and crucial role in transforming and changing the way we interact, communicate and function in today’s day and age.

Be it virtual reality, augmented reality, the launch of 5G, artificial intelligence and internet of things, there has been a tremendous overhaul of not only the applications, but also their design and development.

In our daily lives we use this technology in the form of applications, or our smartphones without giving it a second thought. The potential and possibilities of technology is expanding and pushing boundaries daily. Applications are being developed and avenues are being explored, one such avenue that is showing growth and is creating a wave is the Internet of Things, along with applications and designs related to IoT.

Action and Reaction

When it comes to the application segment, the demand for integrating applications with IoT technology is growing as they offer a variety of features and the advantages of bringing in the IoT technology into the application design will definitely be a boon for businesses.The quality of applications in terms of features and tools used to develop these applications has also evolved.

Smart cities, to smart homes to smart devices, applications are now interconnected and integrated with the IoT technology and IoT applications.

With a large amount of funds being invested in both the IoT sector and the applications sector, it was a given that both IoT and the applications segment were going to be combined to create superior quality applications and we also get to see the potential of IoT applications. There is no denying that with the growth of IoT applications and IoT things we are now advancing into a never seen before segment of applications.

All About Collaboration and Association

The technology is one segment where innovation occurs almost on a day to day basis. Today businesses are also tapping into this potential, in order to hold on their competitive edge and increase their customer base they look toward creative and innovative ideas. Applications are being introduced and developed, but these applications are now looking to enrich customer experience and one such way to do it is through collaboration of applications through integration of IoT and IoT based applications development.  It has become a significant and relevant to integrate IoT development to the applications designing in order to develop applications that have an advantage over other regular applications.

IoT Related Applications- Synopsis

The world of IoT related applications is expanding at an extremely rapid pace and the applications of IoT include applications that are used in the segment of smart homes, wearables, industrial internet, connected cars, smart city and smart grids. The applications that have been designed using this technology have shown a variety of added features such as enhanced security, easier interconnectivity, data collection and the analysis of data has proven to be much improved with IoT development.

 Why it matters?

IoT related applications matter, the why and the how are listed below:

Efficiency and Action

With IoT application development, the costing involved is reduced and the reaction and response time is also lower, helping you improve your efficiency by acting immediately to queries and glitches. Interconnectivity of data also helps reduce cost of storing data on the cloud.

The Art of Creating     

In the world in which businesses operate and function in, the motto is survival of the innovator, the quickest and fastest way to find solutions to problems, resolving them by not only creating applications that are budget friendly, but can also impeccably integrate into IoT technology is going to win points for your business. IoT technology and applications will enable to you to do this by making it easier for you to collect and analyze data, predict problems and find resolutions to them, in real time or help prepare you for such an eventuality.

You Snooze you Lose

IoT application, IoT technology and IoT development has a lot to offer, be it to developers who design and develop these application , be it to customers , by providing them with an enriched experience, or to businesses , by helping them find the niche they are looking for. IoT applications have a lot to offer and the potential of them is widespread, thus it is important to start integrating the IoT technology into your applications design. Be the early bird to use this technology and see the world of difference it creates for your business and your application.

Making a Difference

IoT applications and technology has been creating a world of difference in sectors such as smart homes, smart agriculture, healthcare, automated cars and wearables segment. The applications used in these segments have helped these industries grow and have set a benchmark along with motivating other segments to try the IoT approach. The array of features and advantages it offers are mind boggling, the IoT technology is here to stay and in the future, we are going to see them make a difference in the application segment as well.

The Best IoT Applications To Have On Your Christmas Wishlist

Posted on December 19, 2019
Kevin Bell

A look at the year gone by

This year has been a great and incredible year in terms of innovation and creativity for technology. Technology has impacted every aspect of our life, right from the simplest of tasks like shopping for grocery to the most complicated and complex of tasks. We have seen great strides being made in artificial intelligence, augmented reality, virtual reality and internet of things.  Internet of things has taken the world by storm and has shown phenomenal growth and the applications launched, developed and created are nothing less than astounding.

Christmas Wishlist

With Christmas around the corner, and applications galore, we bring you the best of both the worlds and help create your Christmas Wishlist. IoT Applications can do a lot and help ease our lives and are a good investment.

Applications that Count

Smart Home Products

With smart homes becoming a booming industry and many multimillion-dollar companies investing in these segments there seems no dearth of products available for you to choose from. We bring you some of the best applications from this segment

Skybell

A device connected to your phone where you can live stream videos from the mobile application of Skybell , and answer your door with the click of your mobile.It also has motion sensors and full color night vision. Another added advantage of this application is that it can be integrated with other IoT Applications.

Deako

A pocket friendly and budget friendly product that allows you to have customized and personalized lighting options. The best features of the application are voice-controlled activation through integrated platforms on Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. A mobile application that can set schedules and timers with a sleek and elegant design to make it look more appealing and attractive.  You can also turn on and off your lights through remote access from your mobile phones.

Smart Cars

Technology around has changed and moved so rapidly in the last few years, that sometimes it may seem daunting to keep up with it. IoT today has gained a lot of relevance be it from homes to businesses to cars the IoT technology is integrated into our daily lives. Cars have also become smart today. The applications devised for them are quite high in number.

Dash

An IoT application for your car that tells about the maintenance of the car, tracks the fuel economy rate, checks engine light along with real time tracking location are some of the features of this application.

Amazon Echo and its Variants

Since its launch in 2015, Amazon echo and its variants have been a sought-after product and nothing like adding this one to your Christmas Wishlist. With top of the line features and integration with other applications has made it to top of the list of best IoT applications.

Goggle Assistant

Another smart device to invest in would be the Google Assistant with features that are formidable such as simply ordering food to have a continued conversation without using the wake-up command “Hey Google” has brought this device to the forefront in this segment.

Wearables Integrated with Healthcare

Internet of things and applications and designs are leaving a remarkable mark in the healthcare industry, right from helping you track your sleeping patterns to calories to monitoring your heart, there is a transformative change in the way the health care industry functions. Here is one product that has made a effective impact

Kinsa

Changing the very way of how a thermometer is perceived as Kinsa is a smart device that manages your health and overall wellbeing. It tracks your over wellbeing and making predictive models about the same. Also notifies you when to take tablets and schedule appointments with your doctors.

Logitech Harmony Universal Remote

A universal remote which is extremely useful and highly efficient, as it can be integrated with other applications of IoT, can be used remotely through other smart devices and can control other devices as well such as media and lighting.

Amazon Dash Button

A sort of device that remembers things for you, something as simple as your grocery lists, items required around the house etc. Amazon Dash Button gets connected through your Wi-Fi and helps you remember the smaller important items required around your home.

Fitbit Surge

A great device to include in your Christmas Wishlist would be the Fitbit Smart Watch, as it comes with an inbuilt GPS, along with tracking your heart and sleep patterns makes for a great device. Not only that but also helps you stay connected with your call and messages notifications.

Wrapping it all Up

Let this season be a combination of technology and all things Christmas, splurge a little, indulge a little and enjoy a whole lot more. Technology has managed to integrate in our lives so seamlessly that it is now impossible to imagine life without these technologies. Let these IoT devices and applications help you improve your standard of living and enjoy them this season.

Develop IoT Applications With The Appropriate Tools

Posted on November 26, 2019
Kevin Bell

Keen interest combined with a thirst for knowledge with the determination to evolve, explore and innovate new devices has led to this brilliant conception of Internet of Things.  Technology has largely been responsible to improving connectivity, improving the standard of living and creating new devices and technology that has reduced manual labour to a large extent.

In this day and age where we are connected to the world via our phones, but now that is changing again. Today we have smart watches, smart homes and smart cars moving towards also creating smart cities. This reason behind this is Internet of things. devices are now able to share information with us and to each other and to cloud based devices.

According to Gartner report, by 2020 connected devices across all technologies will reach to 20.6 billion.( https://www.analyticsvidhya.com/blog/2016/08/10-youtube-videos-explaining-the-real-world-applications-of-internet-of-things-iot).

 Applications of Internet of things

Technology today has become a necessity and become a part of our daily routine, that sometimes we do not even realize how much technology has changed our standard of living.

Smart homes are now creating big waves. Internet of things has made it now a possibility of creating and developing applications to connect smart home devices to your phones and enjoying the luxury of managing things with exchange of information. Not only smart phones IoT is being used in cars, wearable agricultural industry to name a few. Also a lot of focus of IoT can be noticed in the healthcare industry as a lot of breakthrough devices are being researched and developed. The next big thing to look forward is to see the applications and devices IoT application development companies launch.

Significant Tools

IoT is complex , structured and layered, and the fact is that it is a tremendous task to build and create devices and applications. But with the right tools an application or device can be built and developed. As the space of this segment is wide and large with scope for expansion a lot of applications and devices can be created to fulfill the demands. Any application to be created and developed successfully requires to be built using the appropriate tools. There a multitude of tools available with features and characteristics that are exclusive to that tool, based on what and how the application and device should look the tools are used. Some of the prominent tools used  are:

Arduino

Arduino is a tool that allows you to create and develop prototypes that can control and sense your physical environment in an in-depth and comprehensive manner. It includes elements that allows for both hardware and software elements in its framework.  It includes an in built software programming language.

Kinoma

Kinoma is a platform that has wide scope and extensive  attention to detail. Kinoma platform attributes to having three open platforms which include Kinoma Create, Kinoma Studio and Kinoma Connect.  All three platforms serve different purposes. Kinoma create allows to develop and construct electronic devices and their prototypes. Kinoma Studio is the connect for Kinoma create as it gives the environment within which to create the device. Kinoma connect is an application available on iOS and android applications to connect  smart devices with phones.

BeagleBoard

An application that is easily available and extremely user friendly to use, with having the added advantage of being an open source platform.  The size of the application along with its compatibility on android and Linux makes it a highly recommended tool for development of IoT devices.

M2M Labs Mainspring

An application that allows for machine to machine applications to be built covering a wide range of features to be included in the framework of its platform. Allowing for the use of a J2EE server along with Apache Cassandra database within its framework allows for devices to be built on this platform highly efficient and effective. The time take to built machine to machine applications on this platform is a mere few hours.

Spark

An interface that supports numerous languages, has an affluent kit for developing hardware devices. It is a cloud based IoT operating system, that allows it work with a cross platform of IoT devices. Its widely popular and developers are slowly gravitating towards this.

 Open Remote

Open Remote a high functioning platform supporting a whole range of different conventions  allowing users to let their creativity and imagination flow, by allowing them to create smart devices that can be controlled by any device that uses JAVA. Not only does it allow to create, it also supports other devices by offering supporting and enhancement tools and services. It also offers four integration tools.

Designing applications and devices

Since internet of things is a complex structure, the designing in terms of how the application should look , the primary area of focus in the application , the foremost feature to be highlighted and the unique selling proposition of the device that makes it exclusive from other devices and applications play a significant role in creating designing the applications.

Since industry of IoT is in its infant stages there is a lot of room to explore the areas where devices can be designed to enhance the value of service and device. There is always room for improvisation and opportunities to be found.

Tip of the Iceberg(conclusion)

IoT signifies not only a revolutionary change but it also implies that with the invention of this technology we can do many things and go far in terms of efficiency, reducing manual labour and producing functioning and highly enabled devices.

Since industry of IoT is in its infant stages there is a lot of room to explore the areas where devices can be designed to enhance the value of service and device. There is always room for improvisation and opportunities to be found.

Growing Need of Internet of Things

Posted on November 11, 2019
Kevin Bell

Internet today has managed to create a world of difference, from connectivity, to standard of living to improving the socio-economic factors, internet has had a commanding influence and presence.

Technologies like augmented reality, virtual reality and artificial intelligence have managed to transform and bring about significant changes in the medical, healthcare and entertainment sectors among others.

The focus is now on Internet of things (IoT), this is one of the up and coming innovations as it will have a far-reaching impact and companies are now looking to cash in on this innovation.

The possibilities with IoT are endless and once you start exploring them there is no end to it.

So, what is IoT and what is the significance it holds, let’s look into that:

What is IoT:

Internet of things is a process by where in devices can transfer data to and from each other independently       from one device to another without assistance manually or intrusion. The technology entrenched in these devices enables them to have interactions within themselves or other external factors, due to which it helps them make their decisions.

Industries and businesses are slowly beginning to venture into IoT applications to increase efficiency and improve productivity.

IoT segment seems to be growing and expanding every day, with a lot of devices now being brought into the IoT fold.

Why IoT: 

  • Connectivity
  • Accessibility to a huge data base of material for analytical purposes
  • Data Storage in large numbers
  • Operational from a remote access
  • Independent of manual operation

Reports also state that more than 50 billion devices will be connected to the internet via IoT by 2020 transforming into a multi-trillion-dollar market.(https://www.skyfilabs.com/resources)

Things IoT can do:

IoT has been creating and developing ecosystems that are inter linked and interconnected with each other in such a seamless and effortless manner, and the communication between these devices is something we never expected to happen.

It helps you analyze data, share these data, secure data in a cloud and helps give a significant meaning to the data and change the way businesses operate.  Devices apart from your smartphones can be embedded with this technology and interlinked to other devices.

Application development companies are developing and designing software’s so that more and more devices can be connected using IoT applications.

Today companies across the world are bringing IoT into their fold by either incorporating them into their production services or their products.

Future of IoT:

Storage of Data:

Internet of things has made it possible for storage of large amounts of data, not only does it store data, but it also helps in transferring data from one device to another. There seems to be a growing need for this as data is an essential tool for analysis, as companies and business like to have access to data to analyze the needs of their customers among other things.

Popularity of Smart Homes:

Not only are phones smart today, but the technology used in our homes are making our homes smart to, from security alarms to electricity and other appliances, connectivity has increased and IoT has contributed towards this. This trend is here to stay and grow and IoT is what is going to help with this.

Across Platforms:

As the popularity and awareness of IoT grow, we will see a significant change and transformation in how industries work. The health care and automobile industry has already incorporated IoT with an efficiency and practicality that now more and more industries are moving towards this technology. Also, cities are moving towards becoming smart. This will also help monitor data related to patients and their care and transmit the same to the concerned parties.

Efficiency and Productivity:

Technology has already proven to increase efficiency and productivity, but IoT will drive this even further and will minimize the scope of errors even further. As they need be controlled and can function independently, this gives industry an automation and enables them to produce better results. Also, it helps bring down the cost of production, thereby making it a highly popular technology to adapt.

Faster Decision Making

Artificial Intelligence combined with IoT will help analyze, process data faster.  It helps identify trends, also be able to protect them better and provide resolutions faster.

Companies and cities alike are moving towards IoT as it will give them a competitive edge and help make them pioneers in their respective fields.

Wrapping up:

The future will see a lot of companies incorporating IoT into their products and application companies help develop such software. IoT has been a great revelation when it comes to the transmission and storage of data. It has connected devices as simple as alarms to making cars driverless and being remotely controlled.

One big contribution has been in the analysis of data of large quantities. The world of internet of things is moving and at rapid space. There are big things to come and the anticipation is going to be worth it

Internet of Things: Every Reason Why Your Business Should Focus On IoT

Posted on May 28, 2018
Kevin Bell

Some technology writers have been trying to wave off IoT as yet another trend, a keyword for the year and what not! Internet of Things or IoT, got into popular media with extensive coverage from major technology research houses; eventually, when IoT did not reach out as extensively to the masses as it was supposed to, many popular blogs declared it yet another fad. If that is the narrative you have been following, you may need to reconsider.

IoT applications will be at the centre of all technology – both business and consumer facing. Here are the numbers to support that claim:

a. It is predicted that consumers, businesses and governments will put an aggregate of $6 trillion as an investment in IoT by 2020.

b. By 2020, over 30.7 billion devices will be connected globally.

This just shows, IoT is here to stay; that might be more of an understatement. IoT is here to revolutionize pretty much every aspect of consumption and businesses. That is the primary reason why you should be paying attention to IoT.

To put it in the simplest terms, IoT is a connection between devices over the internet in such a way that they exchange data and optimize their individual performance in accordance with that data. These devices interacting with each other may be your everyday appliances like your refrigerator, lights, microwave or more complex machinery like manufacturing equipment, warehouse technology or storage devices. If you still wonder where does IoT fit into your business, here are some foods for thought:

  1. If your business has anything to do with Warehousing, Manufacturing or Retail, your business will be transformed. The biggest impact Internet of Things applications are predicted to have is on the warehousing, manufacturing and retail industries.These industries shall be the first ones to massively adapt IoT because these are industries with great space for automation. Whether it comes to operations research for warehousing or display adjustments for retail, IoT can optimize all the processes on all the layers in these businesses. With technologies such as RFID tags and Big Data, businesses related to these key areas will see a great degree of automation in order placements, storage and process management.
  1. It does not matter if you are not in the technology business. Imagine this, you may say that you have a small business with supposing hundred clients. Now, these hundred clients place approximately one thousand orders annually for five thousand units from your product portfolio of twenty offerings available for mass customization – did you see it? There is already a huge amount of data being generated by your business. It doesn’t matter if you are in wholesaling, distribution or logistics – if you have more than a few variables that can impact your business processes, there is scope for IoT in your business.IoT simply allows devices to interact at points where humans cannot come and individually programme them to do so. Additionally, IoT leverages the data and analyses it at speeds unreachable for the human intellect.
  1. It does not matter even if you are a small business. Many people in business wonder whether IoT will have anything relevant to their business, if their business has a small scale and no integrated technology system. The advancements in cloud computing will only help catalyse the growth of IoT application development and make IoT accessible to all the businesses.IoT can have simplest of applications such as shutting down the lights in the office and locking the doors automatically, when everyone has left the office. At the same time, it can have complex end to end applications where right from detecting the ideal time and quantity of refilling to placing the order, to managing the inventory and its storage – IoT will handle everything. All you need is the right outsourcing partner who can help you with the ideal IoT applications design to fit your business needs.

With more data, IoT will only make your business more efficient!