The relation between Internet of Things and mobile apps is complimentary and mutual now. While most home gadgets and workplace devices are now coming equipped with connected ability, connected mobile apps are at the driver’s seat to control these gadgets. Thus we have apps for almost anything. Apps for wearable smart fitness band to apps for smart kettle to apps for smart shoes and smart TVs, every connected device finds its centralised control in mobile apps.
While there is no dearth of growth for Internet of Things and connected devices, mobile apps are at the center stage of this rapidly evolving environment of connected devices and gadgets.
As per authoritative ABI Research “By 2020, thanks to the growth of Internet of Things there will be 40.9 billion devices.”
IoT and Home Automation
If any area of modern life you want to name that has been impacted most by Internet of Things, it is the home automation. A vast majority of electronics that we use at home these days are smart ones that can be controlled by mobile apps. When mobile devices are working as the connecting hub for multiple devices, there is no problem in adding new IOT devices to the network. This approach allows a collective management of IOT devices right from your mobile interface. The best thing is that mobile platforms also work as the gatekeepers of these apps offering quality assurance measures with respective development guideline. This ensures less dependence on the device manufacturers in respect of glitch free user experience.
Now when it comes to ensuring optimum security for home automation devices, both the platforms ensure reliability. Instead of depending on the device level security measures, you can keep faith on security measures on mobile platforms. iOS is already proved to be a highly secure platform, while Android is continuing to be better and at present it is least bragged by any security threat. Thus even for poorly designed software interfaces of certain devices, mobile apps can offer an extra layer of security. With mobile working as the connecting hub, your home automation is more secure than ever before.
Context Is The Key Principle
With mobile device sensors playing a key role in informing your devices about the user location, your device usage can be more contextual and location specific. By allowing sensor led information in our interaction with connected gadgets, we can make our mobile app usability more contextual. When your mobile sensors informs about your location, activity and typical use patterns in different times of the day, the devices can utilise these information and insights to ensure more contextual use. Your electric kettle can just start boiling the water on its own depending on your usual time to get up and preference for a cup of coffee.
Mobile devices can also add more useful context to many other aspects of device uses in home, workplace or transport. For instance, if your kid is using a drone to take aerial photographs, the connected app based on the constraints of the space can guide the controller and exert some limitations of movement. Similarly, you can always personalise the TV or audio experience for each member of the house based on the person who has switched the device on and controlling it from the mobile app of his handheld device. While the possibility seems endless, mobile apps always play at the centerstage.