Have you ever thought of creating an application for a connected device? – Something like being able to let your living room heat up while you’re on your way to home? Or having a basement or garage door opener on your phone, that can work securely from anywhere in the world.
We at AppInventiv, bestowed with industry experts and experience in mobile technology, would like to share our take on how mobile applications and services for the Internet of Things can be developed easier and more proficiently. We hope to inspire, by sharing some of our collected experience in the space, and involvement in everything from serious hobby projects to strategy prototyping efforts for major industry players.
We believe that it should be a lot easier for everyone to hook up to mobile phones and tablets to connected devices than it is today. We don’t want that our every developer back to school on the innards of Objective-C and Android Java. However, we know how important native development is. And, that’s why we aim to keep up with all the updated and tailored market trends. Our in-depth analysis, broader experimentation and prototyping enable us to deliver new services and simpler testing in real time. We believe in in-house rather than by third party consultants. And, that’s why we are able to understand the requirements of our clients. We see a future internet of both people and things in harmony – and we know that mobile will play a major role in it. Let’s discuss what we think needs to be done to achieve that.
However, there are probably already too many applications, formats and protocols out there for users that have helped users to maintain a healthy relation between the phone and all the other stuff. But, here at AppInventiv, we’ve have started working on connecting our homes, rides, gadgets and workplaces in a multitude of ways. If you’re a small business owners or perhaps an industry player, who are looking for provisioning many custom SKUs for a single application, language versions and bespoke versions to meet different system roles and access levels or looking into substitute for native development, prototyping and testing. IoT applications across modern smartphones, and in many cases can prove to be time well spent.
When it comes to mobile devices, it’s pretty much a two-horse race of between iOS and Android rather than the 10+ competing operating system flavors which developers needed to take into account a decade ago. On the other hand, already covering all variations, implementations of subsystems, APIs and low-level methods are more than enough for a smaller team. So, the question is -how to make even more applications that can help in improving life of your clients – and their clients? It’s all about tearing down the silos, or more diplomatically; find horizontal approaches where proprietary solutions are abstracted towards what you actually want to accomplish.
It’s about establishing generic code bases common to more than one system, and about ironing out oddities and quirks bespoke to each given operating environment. The system providers who keep to themselves will eventually lose ground, even as they’re actually solving practical problems for their customers in the short term, as interoperability and standard will be increasingly important and silos increasingly expensive to maintain and develop further. And the sooner we find ways to effectively promote format neutrality for data and security from sensors to users, the more reason also to look for common protocols and tools that work across the plethora of handhelds and other single-code base examples.
We would like to take the opportunity to stick our heads out a bit. We don’t think its more research, more analytic's, additional planning, hiring consultants or talk that will create the first services and applications for your clients, it’s more about expertise. It’s making simple application experiments, and adding a mobile channel to one of your existing offerings.
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