Internet of Things: Impact on the App Development Scenario

Apps are now becoming an integral part of our lives. In fact, apps have made our lives simpler and faster than before. Recently, Apple launched a feature in its iWatch Series 3 that helps the users to check their emails and even attend calls via iWatch. Well, when did a wrist watch that showed time started attending calls or check emails? This is where the power of the Internet of Things (IoT) comes in picture. IoT helps to interconnect gadgets like Smartphone, laptop, iwatch and other appliances and gain control. The IoT sensors in the gadget help to manage work smartly and even one can keep an eye at home while working in an office.

Whether a company is well established or a start-up, it needs to integrate its multiple software, Apps, and servers for easy accessibility. According to
Statista, the number of connected devices globally will be $50 billion by 2020. Moreover, the data presented by International Data Corporation (IDC) stated that the  the global spending on IoT will surpass $1 trillion in 2020 and $1.1 trillion in 2021. But the question remains, what is the impact of IoT on App development? Is integration of both the technologies effective and fruitful for the companies in the long run?

The Current Scenario

IoT technology benefits

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Presently, app developers have welcomed the IoT technology and are even integrating it in their existing and future apps. The latest example is the Uber App. After integrating IoT in the system, it enabled the users to find a ride near their location and connects the user to the car driver which makes the transaction easy, fast and safe. Similarly, there are other benefits of the IoT technology that makes it a wise investment in the long run:

  • Competitive Advantage:

  • Every day there are new apps launched in every category and industry. With so many options available, an app that can look different and unique from the crowd, has to be the one that leverages IoT technology, further enabling a seamless user experience. So if a company wants to gain a competitive advantage, then IoT is the best thing to assimilate within an app. It will directly help in lead generation, increase sales and henceforth, the revenue.

  • Fast and Smart Resource reducing human effort:

  • Manage multiple software and tasks with one single app or gadget. The interconnectivity allows the users to stay at one place but everything that’s happening around the world with the help of there gadgets. Even the app developer’s work becomes easy and effective as they can easily control or overview several apps from a single platform.

  • Enhanced App Security:

  • IoT technology serves as an information platform and a user can access a plethora of information from anywhere. But it also poses the threat of cybercrime which app developers need to work on and ensure that the apps based on the  IoT technology are secure and the encrypted data transferred is not leaked or misused by the third party. This has also been successfully done with the help of edge computing.

  • Complete control on gadgets:

  • Ever thought how your mobile knows how much steps you have walked in a day? How can your monitor restore all the files opened by you at home=and again in your work device? The interconnectivity helps to control all the gadgets through one Smartphone or app with the help of the IoT technology.  Tech companies are now bringing up new age devices that are controlled by IoT making lives much easier.

    IoT technology is transforming the world of technology and various industries like health, energy, retail, etc are adopting the technology to gain a competitive edge. So, in a nutshell, IoT technology is here for the long haul and one can gain competitive advantage by launching IoT based apps in market.

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