Over the past couple years, your company has accrued lots of IoT-enabled equipment. And while you’re managing each of those items individually over WiFi, there is a world of difference between WiFi and a true IoT network. At the end of the day, you’re falling short of your full potential.
As the Internet of Things becomes an established fixture in the market, it’s now fairly commonplace to hear IoT and WiFi mentioned in the same breath. But many company leaders make the false assumption that IoT and WiFi connections are the same. A common train of thought is, “Let’s add a WiFi module to our product and make it an IoT device!” That’s because, at a quick glance, an IoT ecosystem and a far simpler WiFi network can look quite similar. But when it comes to functionality and management, the differences are significant. If you fail to appreciate those differences, you could end up with a very disappointing user experience.
You’re tasked with researching the best features for your company’s new mobile app, and as you work, you repeatedly encounter the same term: smart app. The label of “smart” has been applied to lots of different technology in recent years, from smartphones to smart homes to smart cars and now, smart apps. But what is a smart mobile app and how do you know if you need one?
The ever-growing internet of things (IoT) is disrupting and transforming many industries, with companies investing heavily in machine-to-machine (M2M) technology, LPWAN (low-power wide area network) infrastructure and mobile applications. In fact, projections from a 2017 IoT report from Business Insider have companies investing nearly $5 trillion into the IoT from the start of 2017 through the end of 2021. The same report also predicts that 2021 will see 22.5 billion IoT devices in use—a tremendous jump from the 6.6 billion devices online in 2016. Others are predicting IoT technology will account for $19 trillion in economic activity in the coming decade.
When you think about the Internet of Things (IoT), you probably think about connected houses that learn the lighting preferences of every family members or smart refrigerators that order eggs when you run out. For most of us, that probably isn’t quite the reality. For most people, the IoT common uses actually include a host of smaller items that we’re using on a daily basis to make our lives easier. Read More
We’re on the cusp of a massive integration between mobile devices and the larger Internet of Things. And though it can feel easier to sweep that portion of development under the rug, it’s not difficult to find a connection between mobile apps and the future of IoT. Technically, your smartphone and smart watch already are devices that belong to this connected community. Of course, mobile app development becomes much more involved when you need software that controls or utilizes reports from multiple connected devices. Read More
Connected Cars and the IoT In a mere 70 years computers have gone from 50-ton boxes inhabiting 1,800 square feet to palm-sized gadgets that accompany us virtually everywhere. They’ve infiltrated (or eliminated) many of the devices we’ve invented, from phones and fax machines, to televisions and …. Read More
Massive success for the IoT is on the horizon, but consumers aren’t quite ready to let it happen. Right now, the mobile device and IoT markets are flooded with fast-evolving technologies and choices that have failed to convert shoppers into buyers at the rate experts expected. Here are four of the obstacles stalling the IoT’s forward momentum… Read More
The Internet of Things, called the IoT, has already permeated our environment. In fact, you’ve probably interacted with it, whether you knew it or not. The IoT describes the population of smart devices that communicate with other devices (or people) through use of the Internet. Some observers have called this the dawn of a new Industrial Revolution because the IoT will transform the way people manage their households, conduct their businesses and interact with their cities. Read More
Does the Internet of Things, or IoT, require its own internet? At the end of June, the Dutch introduced the first low range, low power (LoRa) network to cover an entire nation, coming from a telecom company called KPN. This new network has raised questions if other countries should follow suit, so you may want to understand why a LoRa made sense in the Netherlands and might make sense elsewhere. Read More