Wireless connected devices are on a growth trajectory. According to ABI Research report, there are going to be 40.9 billion wireless connected devices by 2020. Businesses will use the data collected from these devices to improve their processes. But they are also using mobile apps to give customers direct access to the data, so customers can solve their own problems.
Symbiotic Relationship between Mobile Apps and IoT
In the fast-changing world of IoT, mobile apps are working like central control units. Developers all over the world are creating new applications at feverish speed to build smart homes, cities, transportation, healthcare, manufacturing, and more.
Mobile apps and IoT are adding value to each other. Without IoT, mobile apps are just fun and games with no real access to the physical world. Without mobile apps, IoT devices are just data points. Combining the power of these two technologies, developers can build systems that have a lot of practical use.
Practical Applications of IoT-based Mobile Apps
The variety of IoT-based mobile apps is astonishing. The applications stretch from life-saving to just silly. There is something useful being built in almost every industry.
The health industry is going through a significant transformation due to the introduction of IoT-based systems. VitalConnect is an appropriate example of this change. It has developed a wearable biosensor that can monitor eight vital signs of a patient in real-time and send that data to the patient’s doctor. The doctor can access the information through mobile devices and analyze the data in real-time. The system can proactively help monitor and prevent heart attacks.
However, the newer IoT systems are going beyond chronic disease management and remote monitoring for serious ailments like diabetes and heart disease. Companies are coming out with solutions for better living.
Nokia’s Body Cardio weighing scale works with its Health Mate app to allow users to monitor weight, heart rate, and pulse wave velocity to help them reach their goals.
Oral-B 7000 uses Bluetooth to connect to the Oral-B app and tracks brushing habits in terms of schedule, duration, and technique. It recommends ways to brush better. Users can share the data with their dental professionals to develop an oral hygiene plan.
Manufacturing and Enterprise Efficiency
Manufacturing companies and large enterprises are looking into using IoT-based mobile applications to improve their operational efficiency.
Predix is GE’s platform for industrial IoT data management. However, railways, factories, and power plants need to interpret the data in a usable format. WillowTree uses its mobile development expertise to create applications that can help large organizations monitor system outputs and performances.
TransVoyant combines the power of IoT and mobile apps to help companies with their logistics problems. Companies can track global inventory movements in real-time and get a better handle on their delivery systems.
IBM Maximo combines the power of IoT data and software across multiple platforms to create a comprehensive asset management solution for enterprise-level customers.
Smart Homes and Security
Amazon is using its intelligent personal assistant technology Alexa as the central mobile app to control home appliances. Amazon Smart Home Consultation will help customers choose Alexa-compatible wired devices to use at home.
August keyless entry locks are controlled using mobile apps. There is no need to wonder if the main door is locked or not. August DoorSense allows remote monitoring and remote locking. It also tracks who is entering and leaving the house using the key system.
ADT Pulse Home Security System comes with mobile application and Alexa integration. Adobe Home Security Starter Kit has similar mobile integration. IoT and mobile apps are playing a vital part in smart home security systems.
IoT-based mobile applications are also helping the hospitality industry. Hotels can use IoT based sensors to better manage their keyless access mechanism. In the future, motel keys might become unnecessary. Guests will use their mobile devices to gain access to their rooms. There will probably be no need for front-desk based check-in and checkout. OpenKey is one of the companies that implement such mobile room key systems.
However, hospitality services are also benefiting from other applications. Hotels can better manage their energy consumption and provide more personalized service through IoT-based applications. Samsung provides a comprehensive set of hospitality products that easily integrate with mobile applications.
Day-to-Day Work and Play
Daily life is changing due to mobile app and internet of things coming together.
SelfieMirror might sound frivolous at first but it is a prime example of mobile and IoT cooperation. It is a mirror that works as a camera. It has a touch-screen interface on the mirror itself that can upload pictures and videos directly to social networks. However, the mirror also turns into a security camera and the mobile app can be used to monitor the surrounding area.
The company iCelsius creates wireless cooking thermometers that can connect to its mobile app iChefMate. The system helps cooks prepare the perfect steak or BBQ.
Wearables are mainly known for health-related IoT. But they are also helping players reach their full potential. ShotTracker is a system that combines the power of IoT sensors and mobile application to help analyze basketball game data. IoT sensors are attached to the player footwear, the basketball and the roof of the court to track all motions. The mobile application provides the analytics necessary for coaches to a make informed decisions about how to better train the team.
Getting Ready for the Mobile-IoT Future
Today every industry is combining mobile apps and IoT devices to help achieve better performance and efficiency. Learning about current innovations can help inspire you to find creative solutions for your company. An IoT-based mobile application is an opportunity to improve your business.
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