Nowadays, in IT sector there is major growth of “Buzz words” like ‘IoT’, ’Big Data’, ‘Machine Learning’ and ‘AI’. All those words look very simple but believe me each one of them has depth concepts behind them. So, all of you wonder what is the meaning of ‘IoT’? Basically, ‘IoT’ is an acronym for ‘Internet of Things’.
What is IoT?
According to Wikipedia, “The Internet of things is the extension of Internet connectivity into physical devices and everyday objects. Embedded with electronics, Internet connectivity, and other forms of hardware, these devices can communicate and interact with others over the Internet, and they can be remotely monitored and controlled”. In short, a huge network of things which can communicate with each other via the internet.
Why we require Web Development?
There is no wonder that Web Development is seating on the top of all other fields of the Internet. There is a good reason behind this, most apps and software needs ‘backend’ to communicate which play a very crucial role for any piece of software because without ‘backend’ that software is useless. So, they just need to rely on Web Development.
IoT: The Real Game Changer
Now, this statement can be truer, the Internet of Things technology not just impact consumers but it even affects the IoT solution providers. It changes software development on many levels, also web development. These complex IoT networks set some new challenges for the web developers both in regard to both the front as well as back-ends.
Where does Web Development stand in the era of IoT?
To understand how IoT and web development are related to each other, you first need to understand this fact that the network of the connected devices relies on web servers. Data that is obtained from sensors is stored in the cloud. With the help of advanced messaging protocols, communication between the devices takes place, and the user interface helps other users in interacting with the connected devices.
Apart from that, a number of IoT devices can display web content, like User Interfaces on laptops, TVs, smart applications, wearables, and industrial monitors. A few of them are even able to search the web via browsers, like we have Amazon’s Echo with the virtual assistant, Alexa. This way, it is clear that web development is a vital aspect of IoT projects.
How IoT can change web development processes?
Now every person who owns a smartphone must have experienced IoT at one point of time or the other. In fact, it is very much possible that in coming times the businesses enterprises would begin to use a combination of wireless technologies and sensors, to satisfy their customers and take their enterprises towards success. On the part of customers, they would also begin using IoT to avail personalized & customized products & services. Using sensors and analytics, people would be able to track their health and control home appliances. Similarly, in the era of web development, IoT can contribute to shaping the future efficiently and effectively.
However, there are a number of firms that are still unbeknown of the usage of IoT as it lies somewhere on the expensive side. Also, with most new technologies being advanced with the Internet of Things, it is vital for the web developers to learn about the same and be knowledgeable of it.
Complex web development
The process of web development and designing is going to be a lot more complex with the Internet of Things, as then the users are going to primarily use front-end interface to communicate with devices that are being operated with IoT, such as cameras, sensors and other of smart devices. Numerous websites may also require the complex capability to communicate with back-end databases that are able to store personalized data that can be obtained from IoT devices. This way the page loads quickly and there is no delay in transmission timing in the web development. In coming times, requirements would help web developers in using a powerful language that not only helps to build a dynamic front-end interface but also allows the user to communicate with IoT devices in the back-end.
IoT devices that display the web
Several web developers are unaware of the fact that there are many devices that are able to display web content in front of people. So, here let’s find about them.
Personal Assistants: Yes, this is the new trend in the world of computing, i.e. smart voice assistant, like we have Amazon Echo’s Alexa, Microsoft’s Cortana, Google Assistant, and Apple’s Siri. In a home, these assistants come useful operating all appliances and also do small tasks, say ‘Set Alarms’, and more. Using IoT, the web would be able to access bots that are helpful in reading information rather than display it visually.
Smart watches: Now the displays that smartwatches have are really too tiny and they come in a wide range of colors and screen resolutions. Android Watch does have a web browser for the Android Wear, however, the Apple Watch doesn’t have one yet. Now in coming times, there could be a smartwatch that supports multiple web browsers.
Computing devices(with the small displays): Now, devices, like Raspberry Pis have smaller screens and the can well display web content. Here, the context of content can be in the form of web-based device control pages, web pages, and the local dashboard style web displays.
The practices in front-end development on the web don’t have to adapt in ways in order to suit IoT & the other technology advancements. Still, if they do not, then the web would segment into something that can then only be used on desktops and mobiles. This way, it is clear that IoT is a massive breakthrough in the web development era.
Making lives a lot easier: The proliferation of IoT has opened many opportunities to the businesses to create useful and innovative applications, which would in a way help in making people’s lives easier. Even though more and more companies are integrating IoT development in their workings, but owing to its high cost, many web development firms find it difficult to use IoT with fragile devices.
As of now, organizations are making efforts to enhance their communication and to remove security flaws, thus to prevent seamless integrations. This way, one would not be restricted to using embedded C, as there are several other web tools & technology tools available to use. So, what needs to be considered while creating a new web design with IoT integration?
Below, we have mentioned a few of the techniques that should be considered while developing interactive solutions having IoT interactions.
Speed Measurability: As it comes to a traditional website, all requests are analyzed by a web server. However, in the case of IoT, it has changed the whole scenario, as here the data is transmitted to cloud & connected devices and they allow the users to efficiently communicate.
Privacy & Security: One common drawback of IoT or the associated solutions is that they offer a way to hackers. Like, if a hacker succeeds in cracking web-connected pattern, then others can also easily crack it. Thus, to maintain security, it is important that designers adopt strict design practices. This, after all, is the responsibility of web developer to integrate the security feature to ensure the security of IoT-based app.
Power Management: Speaking of IoT devices, what first comes in mind, is certainly battery-powered instruments and wireless operations. For this, fully-fledged power management is essential. After all, those heavy programs running in the backend, do drain the huge battery and this leads to less user communication. This is why the new layout must be designed for minimizing excess power use.
Strong back-end: It is important that communication between users & IoT devices is very clear. This can be attained by formed with robust back-end design architecture. Each of the devices has several capabilities, data, and commands that operate just according to the inclinations of users. A quality backend receives and transmits data, and it helps the users in communicating with the device in a seamless way.
Intuitive UI: For an IoT application, it is vital to have a clean, fast and interactive layout. A web designer must work on latest web design practices, however, ensure that design inclusions are meaningful and should support rational workflow. Also keep in mind that new IoT-based design must be compatible with mobiles, so that smart users can benefit from it.
Lastly, Considering all of the aspects discussed above, Internet of Things (IoT) tends to be the real game-changer in the era of technology. It has arrived at the time when users were actually looking for a technology that would add to their convenience. This way, it received a warm welcome upon its arrival from the users as well as the business organizations.
We, OneClick IT Consultancy, develop IoT applications. Let’s discuss your requirement if you have one and see the opportunity of working together on this.