The market for the Internet of Things (IoT) is expected to grow beyond $2.4 trillion by 2027. The combination of commercial, industrial, and other types of internet-enabled devices is opening up many new opportunities for all types of businesses.
This revolution is changing how app development is done. In particular, it is having a strong impact on web development. Web apps, thanks to their simplicity, are the preferred interface tool for many IoT devices to connect & monitor processes and to display & process information. Since the IoT technology is evolving, web tools are constantly adapting to meet the needs of enhanced interconnectivity.
The amount of data resulting from the increased number of interconnected devices is a strong driver of this process. Users of IoT technologies need to be able to interact in the best way possible with their devices in order to manage this data and its associated functionalities. This is where the new era of web development comes into play.
In this post we discuss how IoT is changing web development and what it means for users. We will consider these changes from three perspectives: backend, interactions, and the cloud.
Due to IoT’s operational requirements, web development needs to consider a series of backend elements. These aren’t necessarily new, but they gain a special relevance as this technology becomes more important.
The first thing that web development should focus on strongly is security. IoT networks are being used to perform critical operations that need to guarantee the highest security possible. This becomes especially relevant as new vulnerabilities in existing IoT networks have been found. Failing to secure networks for interconnected devices may result in operational failures as well as privacy breaches.
Take for example the case of the MedTech industry. Thanks to 5G connections, more applications are being built to treat patients in real-time. This requires safe networks not only to treat patient medical data according to HIPAA compliance, but also because it can literally become a matter of life or death.
As fields like digital therapeutics and telemedicine become widely adopted, security concerns in web apps should be a top priority. The same goes for other industries that depend on critical IoT processes.
Another important consideration for IoT web development is scalability. As the amount of data being handled by IoT devices increases, web apps need to be built to scale. This becomes particularly relevant for smart cities and the manufacturing industry.
As entire cities implement IoT beacons, the amount of information being processed will increase considerably. Web apps designed to connect to the network need to take this into account or otherwise risk collapsing.
The manufacturing industry also needs to consider this aspect. As more industrial processes implement IoT technologies, web apps used to control them need to be able to handle a large amount of data being fed through a number of devices.
Lastly, in terms of the backend, IoT web development should consider reliability. Users need to know that they can rely on their apps when they need them. Having a great IoT device is no good if their app is not reliable.
Focusing on reliability requires special attention to speed as well as power consumption. Outstanding web development needs to make sure that everything runs at the right speed while consuming the right amount of power.
One of the most important aspects of how IoT is changing web development is the interfaces through which users interact with their devices. A powerful UI can make all the difference when it comes to a web app. As managing large amounts of data becomes normal, this will differentiate great apps from regular ones.
To test and validate the best UI when developing your app, it is best to perform A/B tests. Although experience in design is important, only solid data can guide you through the complexities of UX. The best apps acknowledge this and therefore test what’s best for users.
Another important aspect that is changing in web development thanks to the amount of data is the possibility to implement technologies like voice recognition, chatbots, and even AI.
If IoT technologies and web apps have something in common, it is the fact that both work at their best when using cloud services like AWS. Through successful implementation of best DevOps practices, companies can take advantage of the full potential of their IoT technologies. Only by doing so can IoT enabled devices process vast amounts of data in a secure, scalable, and reliable way.
By using cloud services, thanks to 5G internet connections, web apps can make the best out of IoT technologies. This might seem like something trivial, but the amount of companies that fail to configure their cloud services correctly is just surprising. There are so many great tools out there that this is just unacceptable. If your team lacks the skills to do so, it is best to find a qualified partner who can set you up.
The IoT revolution is unstoppable. The world of app development has taken notice and is adapting in order to deliver powerful apps tailored to users’ needs.
At Koombea we have more than 12 years of experience building world-class apps to manage all sorts of IoT devices. We understand the importance of privacy while keeping track of delivering great UX and functionality.
If you are considering building a web app to manage your IoT devices, don’t think twice. Contact us and get your project going. We help bring ideas to life.