The growing interest of businesses in IoT apps is reasonable considering the functions that one may achieve through them. IoT application development is far more complicated than the usual DIY projects. The concerns of data security and streamlining of functions are the primary reasons making development highly challenging.
This article will enable you to get a head-start for IoT app development. Mob Inspire loves to assist businesses and individual aspirants to flourish with technology and development expertise. You may request our IoT application development services for assistance.
How to develop IoT application
The approaches to IoT development vary depending on the selection of tools and frameworks. Before jumping on to the development section, one needs to confirm that the prerequisites are fulfilled.
Prerequisites for IoT app development
Like any other software engineering project, scope of business model keeps the central role in IoT app development.
While reading this piece, the readers might already know about their targeted industry. Although IoT applications are applicable in every industry, yet travel industry, healthcare, on-demand services are benefiting the most by far. Thus, you can determine the industry to which your system belongs.
One of the primary steps in outlining the business model is to perform budget analysis. The cost of related hardware varies widely depending on the objectives of end-product. Following factors have a significant influence on cost.
- If you understand microcontrollers well enough, the Arduino board should be your primary choice. Although there are multiple alternatives, yet Arduino has a vast online community who can assist while you are stuck. For reference, Arduino is a company that manufactures microcontrollers with embedded varying ports.
- The selection of cloud-platform and the degree of underlying security for safe data transfer is crucial.
- App which serves as an interface for users is the final cost factor. Again, the cost of app also depends on the extent of details that the owner wishes.
Thus, hardware embedded with relevant sensors (Arduino in this above example), data storage infrastructure (cloud-platform), and software app make the three essential components of an IoT app. Whether you want the app to streamline business operations or use it as a product, the cost will vary widely.
Selecting Cloud Platform
The cloud service provider is one of the key stakeholders. The transfer of data between hardware and mobile app occurs through this remotely located server. If your device needs to store records for longer periods, cloud provides the requisite storage.
The significance of cloud lies in the fact that it holds sensitive data app users and functionality of application. Any breach may affect the confidentiality of users or working of the app.
Yahoo data breach presents one of the famous examples. Over a billion accounts of this web services giant were compromised. However, this incident does not reflect that cloud services are vulnerable. The number of incidents indicates that hackers are more likely to penetrate through web-based storage.
Most independent tech analysts recommend Microsoft Azure IoT Suite, IBM Watson, and Google Cloud for IoT apps. However, you may not necessarily need to acquire one of these because your local cloud provider can serve you too.
Apart from security, some other elements also affect the choice of platform. These factors include bandwidth, data recovery, and scalability.
Bandwidth affects throughput (rate of successful data transfer) and latency (time before data starts transferring once requested). Data recovery is essential to ensure availability of duplicate data in case of corruption in the primary set. Scalability provides the capacity to increase the scope of app by introducing more features over time.
Designing the App
Designing the user interface for IoT follows the same principles as any other mobile app. The design also depends on the expertise of IoT application development company. Experts at Mob Inspire recommend AngularJS for developing entire frontend considering its flexibility and smooth running. React Native, Xamarin, and Ionic are some of the examples of cross-platform frameworks.
Selection of framework also relies on developer’s area of expertise. Regardless of the framework used, the ultimate objective is enabling users to navigate through the app easily. The app should have clearly-labeled relevant buttons. Moreover, user experience (UX) must be flawless if you intend to sell this app as a product.
It is crucial that the app design is compatible with various platforms. One may not assume that the app will run on a single OS. Besides, it should provide a seamless experience on every screen size.
The apps with more flashcards instead of lengthy texts are likely to ensure better experience. Moreover, the monotone scheme for color combination also serves to enhance experience.
Connecting the Devices with cloud
Similar to design frameworks, IoT integration with cloud also uses pre-built APIs. Companies follow multiple industry-level standards defined by manufacturers of microcontrollers.
The foremost objectives include developing an interface each for data processing and functioning of IoT devices. A data interface should be able to share information to a mobile app via cloud collected from device. Appropriate functioning of function interface is must to ensure that data transfer happens correctly.
For instance, a connected home appliance system provides a decent example. When the owner requests to switch off lights through mobile app, the request is transferred to IoT device via cloud in the form of data. In response, the functional interface processes the request and performs required action.
In many cases, including the one mentioned above about home appliances, cloud may not be the middleware. Many developers use a networking hub too.
IoT application development platform
The teams at Mob Inspire use a range of technologies, computing languages, and frameworks. Kotlin remains the first choice for native IoT android app development whereas swift serves for iOS devices. Moreover, we also employ hybrid platforms. The choice of technologies depends on the nature of project.
Contact us today to share your app development idea. Our professional team will enable your business to stand out with unparalleled mobile apps.