How the New IoT Devices Will Impact Software Development?

By  Maham Qasim

March 07, 2022 7:49 am EST

The Internet of Things (IoT) is the concept of connecting any device with an on and off state to the internet (wired or wirelessly), so it can send and receive data.

Every day thousands of new IoT devices are released by various companies worldwide; we believe that in 2022 there will be more than 50 billion connected devices.

What are the new IoT devices?

IoT devices have been around for a few years now, but there is a new generation of IoT devices that have been released gradually. These new devices include:

1- Home appliances.

2- Intelligent wearables.

3- Connected home systems.

4- Autonomous cars.

5- Sensors.

6- Drones.

7- Robots and intelligent assistants (Google Home, Siri, etc.).

8- Smart home appliances (refrigerators, washing machines).

9- Home irrigation systems.

These new devices are mainly created to improve people’s lives; some will collect data about the surrounding environment. Some other devices will act as sensors for more efficient alert systems.

How will these new IoT devices impact software development?

There is an increasing need for developers who can create highly efficient IoT solutions; this is due to two main reasons:

1- The Internet of Things is a huge market.

2- IoT devices require very efficient software systems.

IoT applications and systems will be created with data collected from various sources. This will increase the attack surface for security issues and vulnerabilities. Developers must pay more attention to creating their IoT solutions and following security best practices.

IoT devices are different from traditional client-server applications. IoT devices can act as both clients and servers simultaneously, and this is because these devices will be required to send data to multiple platforms (mobile apps, PC browsers, cloud platforms, etc.).

Furthermore, some IoT devices may act as both cloud services and IoT devices simultaneously, which IoT applications must use different networking protocols that are capable of providing high data transfer rates.

Another important requirement for IoT solutions is to offer high accessibility, meaning that IoT devices will require high availability in real-time. This is because these devices are used to monitor various objects or people.

How can developers create effective IoT solutions?

Developers who want to create highly efficient IoT solutions should consider various factors.

1- The Local Area Networks (LAN) must be designed to allow the devices to communicate with each other. This is usually done via wired or wireless protocols.

2- Developers must determine how the devices will connect to internet platforms. For example, some IoT devices require different types of networking protocols for sending data to back-end platforms, and other IoT devices may act as cloud services that handle all data transfer tasks.

3- Data security and privacy are very important for IoT solutions. Developers must follow best security practices when creating IoT applications.

4- Accessibility is another requirement for IoT applications. The system must be able to support high bandwidth data transfer rates.

5- Latency is another important factor determining how efficiently an IoT device can handle tasks. Various factors may cause latency issues in IoT devices (battery consumption, limited computing power, etc.).

Potential future problems, challenges, and limitations.

IoT devices will be an important part of our lives in the upcoming years. Many potential problems may affect IoT systems.

  • Security issues and vulnerabilities over existing protocols.
  • Limited battery life for portable devices.
  • Platform fragmentation (IoT platforms must support all popular mobile operating systems).
  • High costs for IoT connectivity (IoT application development requires multiple hosting services).
  • Limited device support.

Potential Future:

  • The Internet of Things will create a new market.
  • IoT devices may require high-security standards, developers must follow best practices when creating IoT solutions.
  • Accessibility and latency issues are other limitations that developers must consider when creating IoT applications.

Maham Qasim

Maham is a copywriter and content creator who's always been drawn to the idea that there's more than one way of getting things done. Her writing career can be thought of as just another side hustle for her; when she isn't crafting content or reading Oscar Wilde, Maham often strategizes about how best to reach out with an engaging voice in this ever changing marketplace!

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