Most smartphone users are familiar with mobile app beacon technology, although they may not hear the actual term “beacon” too often. It’s the technology that allows an app to generate notifications or alerts when a user’s device enters a particular geographical area. Marketing firms now use mobile app beacons to engage users when they’re in the physical vicinity of a store or restaurant, while the travel and tourism industry uses beacon technology to provide self-guided tourists with information about landmarks or points of interest. But these applications represent just the tip of the iceberg in terms of what’s possible with mobile app beacon technology. There is a wide range of potential beacon uses associated with the Internet of Things or IoT, and it’s an area we expect will receive lots of attention in the not-so-distant future. Read More
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.
Amazon reportedly sold over 10 million Echo devices between 2014 and 2017, each equipped with Alexa—a virtual assistant that leverages natural language processing (NLP) technology to fulfill your requests. Google and Apple have also released virtual assistant-equipped IoT devices that allow users to do everything from playing a specific song, adjusting the lighting or starting their coffee maker to dispatching their Roomba.
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.
When you hear the term “artificial intelligence” or “AI,” a futuristic piece of technology probably comes to mind, such as a highly realistic android like those depicted in the film iRobot. But in reality, artificial intelligence technology spans a much broader realm, and many developers are looking at new, innovative ways to use AI for mobile apps.
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
Mobile technology and the Internet of Things have become natural parts of our daily lives. We’re getting smart shopping lists from our refrigerators, tracking our daily activity levels, and connecting with family and friends all over the world. But healthcare technology has been slow to adopt these changes. Read More
Everyone is familiar with the famous ‘Cloud.’ Many imagine it to be a serene, white landscape decorated with family photos, phone numbers and laptop back-ups from years gone by. Others see it as the most amazing cure-all in the history of IT. As far as the non-tech crowd is concerned, if they “just let the Cloud handle it” all issues are magically resolved. But, as many of you know, the Cloud is much more than a fairy tale land of convenient data storage and computing power. 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