Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Alfred Beiley, an app developer working with 360 Degree Technosoft, a fast-growing mobile application development company.
How do you stand out as a developer? With the IoT wave coming in soon, how aptly are your prepared to develop applications for it?
Internet of Things is the future. It is a technology that connects physical objects to internet and allows to be controlled remotely. However, just connecting them to Internet is not that interesting. Combining them with applications and cloud makes it more useful. Businesses now have the power to evolve their interactions and operations.
Most experts believe that Internet of Things will grow huge. Two-thirds of consumers are predicted to buy the connected technology for domestic use by 2019. Acquity Group, an Accenture company, expect around of half of them are looking to buy wearable technology. Moreover, business and industrial “things” to grow up to 26 billion by 2019, which is 30-fold, compared to 2009.
For developers, they will be looking to build an app that will help consumers to interact with the physical world through their apps.
Understanding Internet of Things
Probably the biggest question for the developer is “what is the best way to build an IoT application?” To start with, as a developer, you must know what your application will do. Will it gather meteorological data from sensors to create daily weather forecast? Will it control a kitchen appliance remotely? However, while working with IoT. You must know its structure. It is divided into four tiers.
First tier: Things themselves
These devices have no screen but carry low-power processor with some operating system and a way to communicate directly with internet or to neighboring things, which has an internet connection.
Second tier: Software and infrastructure
It is an ingestion tier that runs in the data center or cloud and manages the streams of data coming from the things. The software is always responsible for managing the things and updating the firmware whenever required.
Third tier: Analytics
This tier does the processing of organized data. Processing of the data varies from app to app depending on their objective.
Fourth tier: End-user
At user’s end, the application allows the user actually to interact with the things and check their status. The app can be enterprise application, web app or mobile app.
As a developer, you will be mostly working on ...