Easy Device Control and Monitoring with IoT-powered iOS app to control hardware
Around 50 years back, no one ever thought about technology helping us in our routine work. Be it shopping, paying bills, booking tickets etc., the technological innovations have made everything possible- too without involving much physical efforts.
One such innovation that is proving itself helpful and essential for the world is IoT- internet of things. To brief out this term, it is a mode of connecting digital, mechanical, and computing machines via UIDs (unique identifiers) while transmitting data over a network of devices, too without human-to-computer interactions.
Well, IoT is a technological boon that has made hardware automation possible for us. Having to go through its contribution and increasing adoption amongst us, let’s have a look at the below-given statistics:-
| There will be 25 billion connected things by the end of 2021, fueling the need of IoT to store and utilize the data shared in-between. Source- Gartner
| The IoT market by 2026 will grow to USD 1.11 trillion with a CAGR of 24.7 percent. Source- Fortune Business Insights
Now, when there is a great eruption in IoT sector, the community of developers are constantly trying their hands on developing powerful IoT enabled iOS app for hardware device control.
Smartphones and IoT Empowerment
We are currently living in a technological era where the hardware appliances can be controlled and operated with a smartphone technology. Not only smartphones but innovations like IoT, i.e., internet of things has made things possible with its intervention in the former.
The modern smartphones are built with up to 10 sensors based on geolocation, image capture, touch Ids, etc. Collectively, when all these sensors are used they generate huge amounts of both structured and unstructured data.
And, when it comes to Apple, the no. of wearables are more in the form of watches, iPhone, and iPads. That means, the smartphone will have to perform additional roles while sharing the capabilities to store and communicate with multiple wearable devices. Here, the concept of IoT comes into existence.
Not only with different wearables of a smartphone but IoT also leverages its prowess to connect, store, share, and communicate with other hardware equipment too. Doing so, allows the individuals to automate or control the other devices.
Native iOS App to Control Physical Device
The device automation or controlling can be better understood as a mode where rather than having to operate hardware devices manually, we use them remotely through our smartphone, tablet, or smart watches. Some basic illustrations of such automation have taken place very well in household appliances including lights, fans, house thermostats, and so on.
So, how do mobile app developers enable Apple devices to communicate with external hardware devices?
Well, there are multiple methods and techniques in which they make it happen. Below, I shall be discussing those along with some practical examples that have been done by our dedicated team of iOS app developers.
Bluetooth for Hardware device control app in iPhone
To start with, Bluetooth is a traditional and one of the oldest methods to connect mobile devices with others. Well, this in-built feature of iOS devices like iPhone, iPad, and iWatches can be easily exploited to create IoT based mobile app solutions that can control and monitor external hardware devices.
iOS offers you a Core Bluetooth framework that allows mobile applications to interact with BLE devices easily. However, there always remains a need for a technical expert who can do all the work for you.
At The Brihaspati Infotech, our team of iOS app development works on a similar project where we exploited the BLE device integration to develop Air Quality App in iOS technology for an overseas client.
In addition to BLE, there is also External Accessory Framework for developing iOS apps to control hardware. This iOS framework is basically built to communicate with external hardware devices that are connected to iOS devices wirelessly via Bluetooth or by the Apple Lightning connector.
While using this approach, the developers tend to declare the hardware-specific protocols that the app will support, inside the framework key. Additionally, a custom scheme is being created that allows the iOS app to communicate with the external device. So, it is important to consider hiring app developers to develop Hardware monitoring with iOS app while using External Accessory framework.
Wifi app development for iOS
Moving ahead with the approaches, WiFi is another medium that makes smart devices to communicate, transfer, and store data amongst each other. And, when it comes to building an iOS hardware app that can control other external devices, WiFi capabilities of iOS are amongst the powerful and widely known practices amongst the developers.
Recently, our iOS app development company came across one similar example where an overseas client wanted to do wifi app development for iOS platform.
Well, the client was dealing with cryotherapy machines that come handy for cold therapy. As the device in itself was a wonderful equipment for the patients. However, he wanted to put the users at a complete ease via an iOS remote control app that allows them to monitor and control the temperature of the machine, either in or out of the machine.
Features of iPhone remote control app for cryosauna device :
- Device active control
This feature of the mobile app for remote crysauna device control is meant for the operators of the machine, i.e., who are inside it and undergoing the therapy.
- Device monitoring
This feature is made from the perspective of the visitors who are just monitoring the functioning, temperature, etc. from outside.
During any time of the therapy, both the user and the visitor can place the device containing the app on the top of the machine and check for the current temperature as well as the time left for the active session.
To build iOS applications and get a connection between the device and App, we used Swift code and the device’s in-built WiFi. Plus, a ‘custom script and scheme’ was developed by our team utilizing the device protocols.
The scope of this project is not limited to iPhone only. The same stays true for iPad and Apple watch app development to control hardware of cryosauna devices.
Our experience with IoT based mobile app solutions is quite vast. Being a leading web and mobile app development company for multiple years, we have served a number of clients with complete end-to-end software solutions in diverse business verticals.
With such real-time examples of mobile app for hardware device control, we are capable enough to implement advanced technological inventions in mobile technology so as to deliver the tailored solutions, serving the assorted needs of the businesses.
To Sum Up
Undoubtedly, the modern world has gained a lot of comfort and advancement in routine tasks- with the help of IoT. The automation of hardware devices is one of those benefits that are proving their worth in each and every step. IoT technology is growing by leaps and bounds in smartphones with every passing year.
Why is smartphone technology at the forefront while adopting IoT? Well, a simple answer to this is the popularity and convenience of using smartphones at the consumer’s end.
In this article, we have seen how experts are exploiting IoT prowess to build hardware controlling and monitoring apps with iOS technology. If you are also looking for building an iOS hardware app or an iOS remote control app for a specific hardware device, you are free to contact our team of experts for tailored solutions.