How IoT Data and Connected Products are Helping Businesses

IoT Data and connected devices

The Internet of Things is providing a streamlined future world in the business processes that will be automatically controlled by connecting devices and those devices can interact and communicate with one another at all times. Forward-thinking organizations are focusing their Internet of Things initiatives like sensors devices, smart machines and more on developing new approaches for managing data. IoT and big data analytics have received much attention with large enterprises such as Amazon, Cisco, GE, Microsoft, Salesforce, and SAP as they are claiming their position in the market.

Why IoT data is important: Analytics are very important to make connected products smarter and to make IoT data actionable. With the advent of IoT, all kinds of connected products from thermostats to smart cars to fitness trackers are able to connect and generate huge data and transform new business opportunities to a wide range of products and services. Smart thermostats are controlling home devices, networked industrial machines are autonomously coordinating and optimizing manufacturing processes in addition connected cars can now alert drivers of  their operational problems before they occur. Connected products are continuously evolving with almost all services creating a strong relationship with firms and customers.

How connected products rethink data: Connected products generate IoT data from sensors. For example, they can measure heat, vibration and more and that data can help to predict a machine failure in advance. Big data analytics employs new techniques to understand data and helps to act autonomously. A gateway exchanges data between a connected product and the user and also integrates data from all business systems, external sources, and other related connected products. IoT technology also serves as the platform for data storage and analytics to run applications and enable remote access to a connected product.

The biggest benefits of connected products for a business:

  • Enables extraordinary new product capabilities
  • Products can monitor and report on their condition in any environment
  • Complex product operations can be controlled through remote access
  • The combination of data monitoring and remote control capability increases substantially and improves product performance, utilization, and uptime.
  • Enhances product capabilities through software upgraded via the cloud, which can fix bugs or performance issues and meet new customer requirements
  • Enable ongoing quality management continuous monitoring of performance data, which allows identifying design problems
  • Reshaping the operations of manufacturing plants where machines are networked and enables automation
  • Products improve services by preventive and proactive actions and remote services

IoT data and connected products are leading the charge toward improving a businesses future and can speed-up the journey towards a business vision and make a huge difference for a society. We at Blueapp.io can provide rapid prototyping of IoT solutions for your products that can help you improve your business.

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.