With giant leaps in the field of technology, we have reached a stage where we are hyper-connected. The obsession is so much that we now have personality disorders (nomophobia, to name one) if we lose our connectivity.
With internet rendering some charismatic services, we have no point that questions its credibility. Moreover, another feather added to its cap is internet of things (IoT) which has made the web quite stronger. In this blog, we have discussed some of the major areas of concerns that a mobile app development company cannot afford to overlook before developing their mobile app for IoT.
Deciphering the right mode of connectivity
Connecting a mobile app with hardware is not a cake walk as hardware has their limitations and connectivity is also a prime concern. Whether it will get connected to a Wifi or Bluetooth? Apart from this, you need to check the manufacturer of the device such as whether you are trying to establish a connection with an Apple device or any other manufacturer. This is an important consideration while developing an app, as every device have its development library and then comes the compatibility issues, for instance, we have Mfi program and iOS developer library that assists developers in designing for IoT.
At the beginning of developing your app, you need to decide what all native features of the phone your app might be able to access to develop the network connectivity within the devices and mobile app. You need to be aware of the difference between connecting through WiFi or Bluetooth to deliver a seamless performance.
Makes sure to check the hardware compatibility with IoT devices
This is a must for those apps that are designed to work as a remote control for the connected devices for an IoT. Apart from this, you might even want to get in touch with cellular carriers so as to make sure that the services are similar. As there are people, who make calls and simultaneously browse the Internet. When developing your mobile apps for IoT devices, there are several considerations such as hardware as well as capabilities of the mobile devices when you are developing an app that is dependent on hardware.
Not to violate the licensing agreement with OEM
Licensing program of Apple comes with two segments, one of the segment is for the manufacturers, and another one is for the developers. You get to have a different set of requirements for every section. This is the reason why each one of needs to have manufacturing facilities of their own to get the manufacturing license. Both these segments need your company to go through a credit review.
Check whether the programming protocols support IoT
To make IoT work with a mobile device make sure to abide by all the programming protocols while you develop your app which connects with connected devices. External Accessory Framework, which is the common code chunk, is entered in the inception so as to inform the mobile devices that there is another device which is trying to establish a connection so as to initiate a communication.
After this step, you need to declare protocols that can link the IoT device along with the requisite app, which gets launched after being connected.
Building an App from the scratch or IoT platform
Building an App from the scratch or using IoT platform is quite an important question to ask before developing your IoT app. There might be the case where your app might have a screen, and the chances are that it might not have a screen, or there might have a low power processor, an intrinsically embedded operating system, along with a communication method which makes use of single or multiple protocols.
This connects directly to the internet or makes use of an internet gateway or things that are neighboring it. The next tier of the system comprises infrastructure and software that works in the cloud or a corporate data center and organizes the data streams that comes from different devices.
The software that runs in the tier manages all the things and makes sure to update the firmware when required. This is followed by the analytics tier. In this step reaches the organized data and then it processes it. The last one is the end-user tier, and this is where the end user works with and watches. This can be anything be it a web app, a mobile app, or it even an enterprise application.
Those who want to develop an IoT app will have to work on it using the two tiers. That is why it is more sensible to choose an off the shelf platform app to develop an IoT app. These platforms comprise of the second tier that can function time-series that store incoming data, which is added a feature to the analytics tier, functions for activation and management, real-time bus message, which also included an API that establishes the communication process between the platform as well as the developed apps depending on the platform.
Xively, ThingWorx, Bug Labs, and Mnubo are some of the companies that offer these platforms. There is a considerable amount of work involved while building an IoT platform from the scratch. With the help of these off the shelf platform that can contribute to tackling with the ingestion of data, contributes to cut down the programming work so as to create a dashboard that makes use of APIs om order to establish a data connection.