What Is An IOT Development Platform ?

When it comes to the internet of things, these objects are controllable over the web, thus the name IOT. Networking chips, sensors, and other technologies that have made internet objects and devices have become inexpensive over time. It’s no surprise the IOT concept is exploding. As much as it might not be a reality for many, Internet Of Things will impact every business and home in the next 10 to 20 years. Basically, IOT is connecting everything to the web to automate decision processes and ensure they are streamlined. If you put this to thought, the possibilities are only bound by imagination. So what does IOT development mean? In simple terms, it is the designing of software and hardware and building a machine-to-machine device with cellular connectivity. This platform relays indicators and on-board sensors to develop and even allow for testing of applications. This development platform offers a broad range of applicability such as the deployment of application software independent of the hardware design. This way, optimization, and prototyping is easily achieved at minimal costs and saves on development time. So why not have an application that can do anything from getting weather forecasts from sensors to controlling your home appliances? Would it not be lovely to have your coffee ready as your alarm goes off?

IOT Wearables

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The ‘Make it Wearable’ challenge by Intel has made wearable devices the fad of the tech world. So when it comes to IOT, these devices are at the heart of every discussion. As of 2014, there were more than 35 million connected wearable devices, pushing the limits of innovation, allowing IOT to continue evolving. Efficiency achieved by various wearables such as glasses, wrist wear and hearables is impeccable, getting us closer to where these devices will be of exceptional value to our lives. At the CES (Consumer Electronics Show)2016, we witnessed a full range of wearables most of which consisted of activity trackers, embedded sensors in clothing, smart watches, smart glasses to simulate virtual reality and augmented reality headsets. The IOT platform compliments the wearable technology through the read-to-use applications and functions it already possesses. With the aid of microchips, interoperability between devices is achieved, such as security, profile management, data collection and other features. Therefore, the development of an advanced wearable application system is made easy and can even be done in a matter of days. No matter the evolution of these devices, the integration element in IOT will provide it with an extensive range of features and applicability.

End-To-End Service Components

The aim of an IOT solution is to provide an intelligent gateway reference to the hardware and software designs. This deploys it to go beyond communication devices and data aggregation. End-to-end software foundation allows any device to develop fine, reliable and most importantly intelligent products for their users. Some of these components include the cloud services, application libraries, and embedded agents. Sensors are the IOT equivalent of human senses, but instead they occur in thousands with multiple functions, ranging from temperature, noise, air particles etc.; however IOT is more about connecting systems than sensors. All operations by sensors have a connected system that follows specific protocols such as Wi-Fi, serial ports, Ethernet, Bluetooth and others. Protocols and devices require more components than a system that does not involve individual connection to their data. Controllers and sensors use low energy and therefore protocols like Wi-Fi and Bluetooth can’t connect directly. Therefore IOT gateways ought to provide and ensure integrity of the network and systems, provide storage and analysis platforms (this is where the cloud comes in), have the ability to provide, control and update access of devices to the system and bridge the gap between protocols and data.

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