Imagine you are in a supermarket and you can’t seem to remember what is there in your fridge. You stand there, wondering what to buy and what not. Your mobile vibrates, and it has a message from your fridge. Your fridge wants to remind you of how there is no milk and that you should probably buy milk. This is what Internet of Things can do in a nutshell and it proves how wireless technology and innovation is leaping beyond what was imagined.
To begin with, it is important to understand why Internet of Things is important. The Internet of things is slowly becoming one of the most important parts of the technological industry with analysts predicting that by 2020, 25 billion things will be connected. The impact of so many devices, network sensors and wireless access points coming online, and the huge volumes of data subsequently created, will have a dramatic effect on the marketing industry.
Mobile – The today and tomorrow
Mobile communications have changed the face of the planet. Mobile is the fastest growing technology the world has ever seen. Not just that, it also ensured dimensional changes in the economic and social platforms. Almost half of the world’s population own a mobile phone, powerful smartphones outsell “feature phones” and the predicted future growth rates are astonishing: mobile subscriptions are growing four times faster than the global population and the four-billion mark is set to be passed in 2018.
Despite challenging economic conditions, this figure is expected to grow, driven mostly by the desire for many different industries to “connect” their machines to applications that will tap into new markets, such as, mobile healthcare and the “connected car”.
Gateway to a world of connectivity
The most important thing to understand is that Internet of Things is all about the devices and how we interact with them and the data that they produce. One may go ahead to say that the mobile is the key piece when it comes to Internet of Things. As we move around from location to location our mobile device, which is packed with sensors and numerous wireless radios, helps us flawlessly communicate with various other devices. Some of these devices might be in our homes, some our offices, some in our cars or the stores we shop in. The mobile device can bridge the gap between disconnected parts of our lives.
The mobile device is really the clear choice for our interactions with sensors and devices. Smart phones in general have become an integral part of our daily life. We communicate with them, do work using them, use them to navigate and pass free time by playing games on them.
Take the example of working in an office. Using our mobile device at work is not unheard of. Neither is it uncommon. Many of us check our emails and keep a track on our schedule using our smartphones.
But by allowing our phones to directly interact with sensors in the workplace that can be rooted into everything from the employee activity and visitor badges, it can allow us to use our phone to generate a more technology enabled environment.
Smart phones are commonly used for navigation. The vast majority has GPS functionality and many come with points of interest built into the GPS navigation apps. It’s great to know when there is a point of interest nearby, but if the location also had sensors enabled it could send push notifications to you device as your drive or walk by.
Mobile Apps and IoT
Mobile applications have heavily influenced Internet of Things to become the next big thing. This could be majorly because an increased need for connectivity. Mobile apps are a very essential part of our day. Mobile apps started with smartphones and quickly progressed into connecting the Television too. It is obvious that mobile app connectivity is becoming far more progressive than we ever anticipated. It’s definitely urging new types of app development and ensuring that into every corner of our lives.
What’s in the future?
The new rule for the future is going to be, “Anything that can be connected, will be connected.” Through mobile connectivity, the Internet can make virtually anything more intelligent—holding great promise for our economy, our environment, our education and health care systems, our safety and our standard of living. Machine-to-machine mobile connectivity represents the next great wave of what mobile can make possible in our lives.
Author Bio: Madhu V Swamy, Co-Founder of Cumulations Technologies- Top mobile app development company in India expertise in development of android, iOS and IoT apps. Cumulations identified as one of top mobile app development company by Silicon India.