Vensi’s Internet of Things Solution: BlueApp.io

The interworking of physical devices is essentially what is The internet of Things, these connected devices or “smart devices” with network connectivity enables objects to collect and exchange data. IoT is about making data come together in new ways to help modernize businesses. Smart devices allow objects to be sensed and or controlled remotely across different networks, having this ability results in improved efficiency, accuracy, economic benefits.

The Internet of Things is expected to advance connected devices, systems, and services which will bring automation to almost every industry. Currently in it’s infancy and we are seeing IoT being integrated into industrial, commercial, residential and personal use cases to aggregate, store display, and process data on smartphones, dashboards, and other display devices.

Vensi has been focused on creating a unique end-to-end solution for IoT, this is one of a complete solution on the market for your IoT needs, incorporating hardware and software.

Vensi’s Internet of Things Solution BlueApp.io

Some of the hardware & software that is used in Vensi’s solutions are the gateways to push data to the cloud from different devices, equipment, and systems. Also the software solutions including mobile applications on iOS, Android, and Windows.

BlueApp.ioBlueApp.io is one app that connects to any Bluetooth Smart device. It applies a unique approach when it comes to connecting your system into a central dashboard and making things work for you seamlessly. A key aspect of our implementation of Internet of Things is that it is incredibly simple to install as we have done our best to eliminate any infrastructure complications that could make it hard for you to achieve your objectives.

Blenie The Blenie A10/A20 is a small chip that is integrated into your existing device to make your ordinary device a smart device. It is an inexpensive way to give your device internet connectivity. It is best used for small and low-powered sensors and accessories. It has all of the features required for a Bluetooth application integrated into it so you do not have to buy other hardware. In addition, it uses Bluetooth radio, software stack, and other GATT-based profiles. The Blenie A10/A20 Bluetooth modules can also host end user applications. This means no external micro controller are required. The modules have flexible hardware interfaces so they can connect to different peripherals and sensors.

BlueApp.io Gateway – Our Gateway makes it possible to connect any Bluetooth device to the internet or cloud using WiFi. This is a very easy to use devices with integrated hardware and software. Due to this, it reduces engineering efforts and reduces time to market. It also helps developers and users release their products using cloud connectivity features faster. In addition, it allows Bluetooth nodes to be used in homes and building automation, industrial manufacturing, HVAC, lighting, retail and many more industries.

BluTerm Adapters – The Bluterm is a small device that connects to your devices or systems to the internet and allows them to be controlled remotely using Bluetooth Low Energy technology. It is our quickest way to give your device internet connectivity. This is due to Bluterm’s plug and play capability meaning no additional installation is required. Bluterm supports many modules and some of the most popular we support are UART, RS 232, RS 485, RJ 45, Modbus, BACNet, Profibus, SPi and 4 to 20 mA. With the Bluterm adapters, you can monitor and control your device or system within Bluetooth range.

For more information on our IoT Solutions contact us at Vensi.com/contactus.

Top New Trends in Mobile App Development

Top New Trends in Mobile App Development

The mobile app development industry is continuing to evolve every year. We saw tremendous changes in mobile app development in recent years. The mobile app market has matured from smartphones to wearable devices to the Internet of Things.

Here are the top new trends for mobile app development:

Wearable Technology: Wearables are the biggest innovation in technology since the smartphone. Mobile apps for wearable devices are mostly focused on consumers This includes watches along with the fitness and health care industry devices

A lot more users are using their personal wearables at the workplace. So, enterprises have been encouraged to use wearable devices to improve productivity and efficiency. There are many industries like the fashion and textile industries that are looking to adopt wearable technology to increase their business operations. Enterprise mobile apps for wearable devices can provide remarkable productivity benefits to their businesses. So, mobile app development companies are moving their focus from smartphones to wearable device apps for enterprises.

Mobile Payments: Since 2014, there has been a huge change in retail ecommerce sales made on smartphones and this trend is expected to continue as more consumers adapt to m-commerce.

Mobile pay also is becoming popular instead of using credit cards at retail stores. This trend started with big companies introducing payment methods like Google Wallet and Apple Pay. The mobile payment system provides many opportunities for developers to build apps to make the transactions process easier without the need for cards or cash.

The Internet of Things: Most devices are connected to the internet now, and more people are connecting multiple devices via smartphones. The demand for Internet of Things solutions and rapid development of smartphone users provided the opportunity for app developers to focus on mobile applications that to connect multiple connected devices through a smartphone app. This is making local monitoring and control possible for an IoT solution.

Tremendous advancements in Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and other wireless network technologies helps businesses to connect consumer devices via mobile apps at any time and from anywhere.

Big Data Analytics: As the smartphone, wearable and IoT markets grow, the need of data analytics and app performance tracking also grows. Most companies are focusing on big data analytics to manage data effectively. Mobile app developers are also starting to focus on adding different data collection features in their mobile apps in order to get more insights and functional metrics to meet customer expectations.

Enterprise Apps: Many large enterprises leverage mobile app development platforms to deploy mobile apps across their organizations. This year, enterprise app stores are expected to emerge to allow B2B application exchanges in the business world. Due to this, app developers have a tremendous opportunity to build and manage enterprise mobile apps.

Cloud Apps: Cloud technology has been playing a key role in mobile app development for the last two years. With the increase in the usage of the internet, smartphones, and tablets,  the Internet of Things lets app developers integrate and sync features in their apps with the help of the cloud. This keeps all the data in sync on multiple devices and can be accessed by the user. The rapid deployment of multiple apps on multiple smart devices is the main reason to increase the demand for cloud app development tools.

Beacon service: Many businesses have already started adopting beacons to create smart retail experiences and offer better information for it’s customers We expect this trend to continue this year.

Beacon technology is shaping the boundaries between online and offline in the retail, advertising and other communicating service industries. As we know, Apple’s iBeacon and Google’s Eddystone communicates with their network to share information when the customers are nearby.

At Vensi, we are one of the leading innovative mobile app development solutions providers. We are always looking for emerging new trends for consumer and enterprise mobile apps development to provide a better business solution for our clients.

Physical Web: Connecting the Physical World to the Web

Physical Web
Most of the smart objects around us are eventually connected to the Internet, they are being connected to your smartphone through the internet to provide alerts or notify you on the status of your device. There will be a smartphone application for every smart object to control or monitor remotely those objects. These smart devices work great if you download the particular application, but the problem is that you need to download each application on your smart devices to control them. However, most users prefer to simply open a browser or one app and find the nearby smart devices to connect and control them.

Google has attempted to find a solution with a unique ecosystem called “The Physical Web”. It enables users to access necessary web pages nearby with their smartphones. It uses the Eddystone communication protocol to communicate with a user’s smartphone. So by using your smartphone, you can walk up nearby smart device and you can interact with it without installing a particular application.

Bluetooth Low Energy beacons pass the information that people need to access through their smartphone using the Physical Web just like an internet browser. So, every smartphone will have a web browser which will be compatible with Physical Web and browsers will use the Eddystone protocol to communicate with beacons. The browsers can read the smart device information to interact with devices such as switching on the smart light, lock/unlock the car door, tracking the bus at bus stop and so on. The Physical Web allows your smartphone to find the smart things around you.

How The Physical Web Works In Practically:

The Physical Web is a unique tool to manage the complexity of the Internet of Things. It helps us to control and navigate various smart objects in the physical world near by us. Start by configuring the beacons with your custom URL which you want to communicate with, place it where your customers expect to arrive and that is it! For example, Beacons provide important URL that direct to the web link to see the movie preview and trailers through physical web when you go nearby the poster, Physical Web make you track the bus you want to go and find the routes at the bus stop, help to find the vending machines, select the product and even go for the payment too.

Bluetooth Low Energy beacons are very important to the Physical Web, by providing right URL at the right place and right time. Beacons connect physical objects and that are able to improve the way to people interact with the things and spaces nearby. In addition to it makes a customer’s life easier by reducing the number of screens while getting what they need.

We at Vensi and BlueApp.io hope IoT make the Physical Web grow, it will be more widely accessible, extend to other platforms and also diversify the better user experience.

How Web Bluetooth Works to Access IoT Devices

Web Bluetooth for IoT

Bluetooth technology is making very excited, almost everyone, like tech users, developers and manufacturers, it is bringing lots of innovations by transforming day-to-day objects into IoT devices for better life.

Until now, we have had the ability to interact Bluetooth devices using only native apps. Google Chrome’s web development team regularly implement new APIs to extend new possibilities for web apps to behave an equivalent to that of native apps. Web Bluetooth API is targeted to change native app scenarios and brings Bluetooth device interaction into web browsers.

Web Bluetooth allows web developers to use Bluetooth to communicate with smart Bluetooth Low Energy devices. Similar to the Physical Web, users can interact with IoT devices when they are in range of the device. Web Bluetooth is a draft API, that allows a user to scan and select any local IoT device within range from a web page. Once the user selects a device from multiple IoT devices, a web page can directly control a device via Bluetooth Low Energy. The latest Google Chrome update has an Android enabled web Bluetooth to control IoT devices. To learn more, take a look at our previous blog post “How Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) supports Chrome to communicate with devices over IP”.

Communicating with Bluetooth devices through a web browser provides a great opportunity for companies to launch new IoT devices. They can spend more time and money on new product development instead of a native app for different platforms.

More sensitive web APIs are switching over only to the HTTPS mode. The Web Bluetooth API is no exception, it works only on HTTPS pages. The API will not work in the background without a user approve. The user can choose a Bluetooth Low Energy device to pair with it. Once the user is connected to a BLE device, it should gather data and connect to the BLE devices. BLE provides most of its functionality through key pairs provided by the Generic Attribute Profile (GATT).

Web Bluetooth provides endless opportunities for IoT device manufacturers. We at BlueApp.io support Web Bluetooth to access IoT devices without downloading any specific native app for IoT device.

Bluetooth Mesh Networking for the Internet of Things

Mesh Networks are becoming more popular with wireless technology and it has major role in the IoT (Internet of Things), because of it’s low cost; it offers direct wireless access where wire connection is not possible. It allows devices to communicate with each other devices directly. Just imagine if you use mesh networking technology while building smart homes and keeping all your appliance’s in the Mesh Network, then your smartphone or tablet can communicate with each appliance directly.  If your router fails, chances are your entire home network would not work. Mesh networking makes everything continue to work to deliver a seamless smart home experience. This makes better network, reliability, range and full comfort to users.

Bluetooth Mesh Networking for the Internet of Things

Bluetooth (SIG) is working on the Mesh Networking protocol and also officially announced the formation of the Bluetooth Smart Mesh Networking Group recently. Bluetooth Smart Mesh Networking Group expects to have the specification ready for prototype testing in the year 2016.  Bluetooth (SIG) believes that it will become the network of choice for every consumer for their smart home & Internet of Things products and solution.   Bluetooth (SIG) has the capabilities and suits  intended for most products that use Bluetooth Smart, the low-power version of the standard can run for years on a tiny coin cell battery, such as sensors, light bulbs and tiny devices, that would gain the most from mesh networking.  It’s likely that most devices with Bluetooth Smart that are already in use will need a  minor software upgrade for Mesh Networks.

Vensi can help to create a Mesh network to communicate with different devices in your environment, if you have any questions on how we can assist you with getting started with your Internet of Things solution, contact us for more details.