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Mobile App Development Services for IoT projects

 

IoT Mobile App Development: Automation, Wearables, Healthcare and Connected Cars

 
In the success of your IoT project, be it Home or Industrial Automation, Healthcare or Automotive, IoT Mobile App development plays a defining role.

This is because IoT Mobile Application development, when done right, will help in streamlining your business operations and help in adding value to your demanding customer requirements.

Leverage our expertise in the development of IoT Mobile Applications to ensure that your digital transformation strategy is a runaway success!

 

IoT Mobile App Development Services

Hardware Platform Consulting

UI/UX Design and Development

  • Our UI design team’s partnership with customers for design thinking workshops
  • Participation in Business Use-Case discussion, Industry Analysis, End-User Analysis, Prototype design
  • Wireframe design and development services: UI Screens, Icons, Control Elements, Infographic Elements, Animations and more
  • In-depth expertise in tools like AVOCODE, POP, Illustrator
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    Native, Hybrid and Mobile Web App Development

  • Experience in Android and iOS Native App development for Home Automation, Industrial Automation, Automotive, Healthcare and Wearables projects
  • Expertise in Java, JNI, Object C, Swift, HTML5, JQuery
  • Extensive experience in development of Responsive Web Apps
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    Flash Bootloader development services

    Native and Cross-Platform App Development Technologies

  • Expertise in using iOS SDK and Android SDK for Native App development
  • Experience in Cross-Platform Application development tools such as Xamarin, RhoMobile, etc
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    Testing support

    Integration of Mobile App in IoT Projects

  • Experience of our IoT Mobile App developers in Model-View-Presenter (MVP) based app development method
  • IoT solution design workshops to collaborate for application architecture development – database design, software modules, library and plug-in requirements, testing approach and testing tools requirements
  • Expertise in Agile Method of software development
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    In-vehicle communication and application layer services

    Tools and Technologies Expertise

  • Angular JS, HTML5 for UI development
  • REALM (for Cross-Platform or iOS), SQL Lite (for Android) databases
  • OAUTH tool for authentication mechanisms
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    Best Practices for IoT Mobile Application Development

  • Choose between a Native App, Hybrid App or Mobile Web App.
  • Also decide on the technology framework to be used for app development, i.e., native development or cross-platform development.
  • Leverage Model-View-Presenter (MVP) architectural pattern to keep business logic independent of the UI/UX

    • MVP supports modification of the business logic without changing the UI (& vice versa)
  • Design thinking and UI: Understand problem statement, industry, end-users and develop the business logic
  • Create prototype, finalize workflow and implement
  • Your IoT Mobile App development use-case may require various modes of inputs – touch, voice, gesture, etc.
  • In some IoT use-cases, especially automotive infotainment/HUD, connected or self-driving cars, managing services priority on the app is very critical
  • E.g. Lane Departure Alert should in all cases enjoy higher priority than incoming calls/messages

     

    Knowledge Bytes
      How are Mobile Apps important for IoT solutions?
      Today, the Internet of Things is being leveraged to facilitate improved user experience and efficiency in a multitude of business domains.

      Mobile Applications are an integral part of the IoT technical architecture framework. These apps enable the management of multiple devices and data from a single point. This has also resulted in increased demand for intelligent Mobile Applications.

      Listed below are some points that indicate why Mobile Apps are an indispensable part of an IoT framework:

      • Data Management – Businesses can manage large amounts of data from multiple IoT devices through Mobile Apps integrated with Big Data Algorithms and Artificial Intelligence (AI).
      • Analytics – IoT-based Mobile App dashboards provide analytics based on specific use cases.
      • Performance Monitoring – Mobile Apps used in conjunction with an IoT framework can help in monitoring the performance of connected devices. Subsequently, this reduces operational costs by a great extent.
      • Security – Mobile Apps operate on secured networking protocols. It is possible to configure user authorisation levels for additional security.
      • Voice Interface – If IoT Mobile Apps are integrated with voice assistants, users need not utilise UI/UX interfaces for communication with connected devices.
      What are the pros and cons of native, hybrid and web apps for IoT solutions?
        • Native App Development:

           

          Advantages Disadvantages
          Ideal when use case involves building a good amount of business logic from scratch
           
          High initial investment for native apps
           
          Offers smooth operation, interactive designs and premium user experience
           
          Requires experienced app developers
           
          Improves visibility/discoverability as the app can be made available on the App Store
           
          Not the best choice for simple applications
          Offers reduced time-to-market
           
           
          Makes migration and updates easier
           
           

         

        • Hybrid App Development:
           

          Advantages Disadvantages
          Ideal when app development is UI Intensive
           
          Slower than native apps
           
          More custom-fit solution for B2B/Enterprise IoT Mobile App development projects
           
          If there is a need for additional customisation in the long run, this solution can be costly
           
          Web browser is not needed for operation
           
          Dependency on a third-party platform for deployment of app’s wrapper
           
          A single codebase is sufficient
           
           
          Has access to the device’s hardware and internal APIs
           
           

         

        • Mobile Web App Development:
           

          Advantages Disadvantages
          Responsive web apps are compatible across devices and operating systems; hence these have a broader reach
           
          Offline access not available to users
           
          Customers need not download/install anything for using the functionality
           
          Platform limitations such as lack of access to push notifications (iOS), non-availability of Bluetooth & battery information (iOS), no access to calendar (Android), restricted SMS (Android), etc. are seen
           
          Updates are available to users immediately
           
           
          Web app can be discovered through search results, if properly optimised
           
           
          Single codebase that works across all devices through a browser
           
      What are the use-cases of a Mobile App in IoT Projects for Industrial Automation, Home Automation, Connected Cars and Healthcare?
    • Industrial Automation:
      • Mobile App for industrial automation systems can help the Operators in remotely monitoring and controlling the industrial equipment from a permissible safe distance. This is important from the safety point of view, as machines on the factory floor often operate at high voltages.
      • Mobile Apps with advanced real-time alerting systems are very useful in averting major accidents such as fires, physical breakdown, and liquid (water/oil) leakage. The operators can be easily be notified to take proactive action through remote access using a Mobile App.
    • Healthcare:
      • A Mobile App is a value-add for healthcare professionals and physicians, as it helps them get better insights about a patient – including medical history. This can help them improve their quality of diagnosis and treatment.
      • An IoT Healthcare App with advanced real-time monitoring features allows a person to keep track of his/her health conditions, such as blood pressure, blood sugar level, cholesterol level, etc.
      • Through Healthcare Apps, end users can receive customized support such as personalized health tips and daily tracker to maintain an active lifestyle (based on body type).
    • Smart Homes:
      • A Smart Home App with a user-friendly design and one that is integrated with most important home assets – ranging from security systems to IoT enabled home appliances – keeps the end-user in total control of their important assets.
      • Smart home Apps with real-time surveillance and alert features can help keep the premises safe. The end-users can also use the Mobile App to avert any major accidents like fire and/or theft and take prompt actions to gain control of the situation.
      • Smart home apps with voice command feature are useful for people with limited motor abilities or physical disabilities.
    • Connected Cars:

      The analysis of use cases of Mobile App for connected cars would make more sense when done from the perspective of end–users and business providers.

      • End User: Integration of IoT Mobile App with passenger vehicles enables the end-user to experience a range of features such as:
        • Real-time location tracking
        • Locking/unlocking the vehicle
        • Tracking fuel consumption
        • Detailed engine diagnostics
        • Alert system for scheduling car maintenance services
        • Checking the nearest fuel recharge stations, repair centres and public parking areas
        • Making use of In-Vehicle Infotainment for security and entertainment on the move
        • Driver assistance features such as navigation, vehicle voice commands, alerts about driver distraction, etc.
      • Business Providers: Business providers, across the automotive value chain, can use a Mobile App for:
        • Delivering customized service and support based on end user’s vehicle usage pattern (driving style) and other crucial data obtained through accelerometer, OBD-II port, etc.
        • Send notifications to the end user about regular and emergency vehicle maintenance services
        • Service station can remotely gather the real-time vehicle diagnostic data and predict and preempt any major wear and tear of the vehicle parts
        • Insurance companies can use the vehicle usage analytics to offer customized policies to customers

        Additionally, Mobile Apps with advanced navigation features can help in quick tracking of stolen vehicles.

      What are the factors that help one to choose between a Native App and a Cross-Platform App for IoT Projects?
      1. Cross-Platform Compatibility: The Native App for Android will not work in iOS and vice versa. So, businesses targeting multiple mobile platforms would need to build and maintain separate versions of the same app for Android and iOS.
      2. User experience: A Native App scores high when it comes to delivering superior user experience since each version of the application includes interfaces that are custom developed to suit the targeted OS.

        This not only ensures that the app has a seamless access to the device’s functionalities through the native code. A native approach also offers the end-user with familiar and hassle-free navigation and in-app interaction that are totally in line with the OS’s guidelines.

        With a Cross-Platform App, the device-specific interactions are not as efficient as in the Native Apps, and are mostly done using APIs and third-party plugins. This also comes at the cost of smooth performance and responsiveness of the app.

      3. Time to Market: Building Native Apps which involves developing and maintaining different versions of an App for Android and iOS, leads to increased time-to-market.

        On the contrary, a Cross-Platform App uses technology tools and frameworks that are OS agnostic. Additionally, they are developed using single code across multiple platforms. This greatly reduces the time-to-market.

      4. Performance: A Native App delivers a seamless performance, as their native code can communicate with the specific OS without any glitches.

        On the other hand, Cross-Platform Apps created using shared code do not easily integrate with the specific platforms. Cross-Platform Apps might also suffer from issues such as performance lag or freezing. This is because these apps are unable to flawlessly integrate with the underlying hardware or software functions, specific to the OS.

      What is the significance of UI/UX Design for Mobile App development?
      A Mobile App that is engaging and visually appealing would have a well-organised User Interface (UI) and User Experience (UX). While UI includes the design of the app, graphics, and overall presentation, UX comprises user perception and preferences after the application has been used.

      The accessibility of the app and usability are key factors that determine the UX. Hence, to develop an efficient UX design, it is imperative that the business is well aware of the needs of its target audience.

      Listed below are the primary reasons for incorporating a good design for your Mobile App:

      • Improved customer satisfaction, leading to increase in ROI
      • Brand building
      • Frequent app updates not required; hence saves time and money

     

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