In 2016 the Internet of Things surpassed many predictions in the number of devices that would be connected to the internet, it was estimated that there would be anywhere between 6 to 7 trillion devices connected worldwide. Recently released statistics report the number to be more like 22 billion connected devices worldwide.
The shift in the Internet of Things and connected devices is affecting every major industry whether it’s industrial, commercial or residential, these connected devices represent a new channel through which data flows in both directions providing invaluable data to all sectors of business. This data is crucial for any business as they can now analyze data in real-time and make decisions that will change the operations to be not only more profitable but create more streamlined, and efficient workflows.
The area of business that will also take advantage of the Internet of Things and the data received will be the marketers, this will provide them with a huge opportunity to measure and track people’s spending habits in many different environments. In the retail industry, there is a huge opportunity with beacon technology to send personalized campaigns to individuals based on their spending history, it’s also a chance to build a relationship with frequent shoppers. Mobile devices play a major role in assisting with collecting data in not only these types of commercial scenarios but in an industrial setting as well.
The smartphone is not widely considered and IoT device by most people, but it is actually on of the first IoT devices available to the general public across the world. The smartphone has always played a very important role in IoT, communicating data with Wifi and Cellular at first then other standards like Bluetooth, which is now one of the major enablers to communicating data from sensors to the internet.
Nowadays phones are equipped with a huge array of sensors, from proximity, light, accelerometer, gyroscopic sensors, NFC, location, and much more, some phones have as many as 10 sensors. These sensors provide a huge amount of data in unstructured and structured forms. With the rise of IoT in all industries, the smartphone has become a major player. Companies are now focused on mobile applications built specifically for IoT and communicating data.
Smartphones will continue to play an important role in IoT particular where there is a need to collect data around human interaction and sensor information from IoT. Smartphones that are equipped with Wifi, Bluetooth and NFC will continue to communicate and control applications and many different use cases for IoT. The mobile devices will eventually be the primary user interface for applications as they provide real-time data to be manipulated on site, which will increase efficiency and consumer relationships.
As a part of the IoT ecosystem, mobile devices play an important part in streamlining the collection, management and use of the data generated. The early adopters are seeing that by taking advantage of already existing technology like the smartphone is expediting their IoT initiatives and helping to bring their solutions to market faster.
Vensi Inc solution Blueapp.io has been focused on IoT industrial solutions using mobile apps to gather the data and present it on a smartphone dashboard and web, for many different industries to deploy the best smartphone solutions for IoT.