Internet of Things is one of the growing technologies catching the eyes of all industry domains. It is safe to say that it has started to penetrate the mainstream businesses and innovate new use cases for others to follow.
The IoT connects the devices with each other and the internet and makes them ‘smart’ so to speak. The popularity is so much so that the number of IoT devices with cellular connectivity is projected to increase to 1.5 billion by 2022.
Not just this, but the IoT market is predicted to grow to USD 561.0 billion by 2022, with a CAGR of 26.9% between 2017-2022.
With the constant and worldwide adoption of this technology, many mobile app development companies and developers are finding new avenues in this technology. It’s not a surprise that large organizations and SMEs are also trying to integrate it into their business model.
For instance, hybrid development may become even more huge since it allows users to interact with multiple devices and not just focus on one platform like native apps. Moreover, niche app development might also gain traction since although IoT is still in its nascent stages, different niches have started to explore its uses.
These are just a few things out of many that IoT is initiating in the mobile app development domain. Let’s discuss some other benefits it proposes to offer.
Benefits of IoT in Mobile App Development
For businesses wanting to create mobile apps to boost profits, trying IoT integration is one of the best ways. Not only it streamlines processes but also enhances the interactivity.
IoT-integrated mobile apps are more interactive. Such apps allow users to have multiple uses for an app, making it more interesting and attractive. You can add IoT related functions into existing Android and iOS app development to add more functionality.
In the most obvious way, IoT reduces the human-dependence in multiple processes. The technology’s capabilities allow more precise and effective services than human resources. In fact, some believe that IoT will save approx. $1.2 trillion in employee productivity.
Therefore, with this reason coupled with many others, businesses are looking forward to leveraging IoT technology to improve the brand reputation, reduce expenses, and allow more functionality and better services to the users. IoT-enabled apps and devices are helping professionals monitor equipment while minimizing risks and downtime.
Not just this, but such devices can also predict system failures, misalignments, and other complications.
Niche segment growth
As mentioned above, the Internet of Things is promoting growth of IoT-based niche segments. Although only a handful of niches have started to explore IoT and its possible applications, we are sure others will follow suit in the future.
Since IoT is a technology with undefined potential, there is a lot of innovation left in it. Companies who will take the advantage of this technology as the earliest will gain a competitive edge over the market.
As many niches will start to invest in IoT, resultantly IoT app development will also find creative use cases.
IoT integration with different technologies such as AI is changing the landscape of many industries for the better. The technology interconnects devices such as hardware, apps, and other wearables with each other to streamline the functions.
You can track a cab location, get notified on your mobile once your laundry is done by your washer machine, switch off and on the lights, and the most recent example, open your car door and start the engine.
Such use cases are reducing the human effort on a larger part, and employing technology in ways to simplify our way of life.
IoT-enabled mobile apps are quite easy to customize as per the need. Based on the business requirements, developers can enable multiple functionalities into the app. They can fulfill the requirements of connected devices while using an app to bridge gaps between the IoT technology and systems.
Mobile apps at large use user data to operate. Thus, it becomes paramount as well as challenging to make sure the data remains safe and away from prying eyes. Therefore, Internet of Things can add as an additional tool to help developers create robust solutions which will help safeguard the data.
On a different level, IoT integration with enterprise apps can help reduce the risk of workplace accidents. The employers can get real-time updates on employees’ safety with the help of wearable devices connected to a dedicated app.
Helps understand user behavior
With the help of wearables and other IoT-enabled systems and devices, businesses can cash on the user behavior and usage patterns. For instance, with the help of IoT, organizations can understand how users use the devices and apps, what do they need, and what are their preferences.
This is going to them create services that are not only personalized, but something that other competitors are not offering, thus giving them a competitive edge.
Just like users, organizations and enterprises can track the employee data to translate those statistics into useful information to strategise well for enhanced productivity.
For instance, with the help of real-time data and variables, businesses can calculate the most productive hours of the day to plan things accordingly. IoT-based systems with dedicated apps are also used for automated processes.
There are no limits to what IoT can do. On its own and also with the integration with other technologies such as AR, VR, AI, and its branches like Machine Learning.
Therefore, businesses and developers are leveraging this technology and amalgamating it with others to create mobility solutions and products solving the current problems. Organizations are integrating IoT with iOS app development and Android apps to create new mobile apps with new features and services to offer.
A tool to boost customer experience
One of the most crucial advantages of IoT in mobile app development is that this technology is a great tool to enhance user experience. IoT systems like smart grid technology or smart meters coupled with dedicated mobile apps help users enjoy seamless experience.
As the IoT technology continues its journey through nascent stages, we will get to see some innovative and impeccable applications of this technology with other next-gen tools like Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, Cloud and whatnot.
All these technologies together are changing the landscape of mobile app development and we are all in for it.
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