If your day-to-day working is related to the technology world, then there is no doubt that you have already caught the wind surrounding IoT or Internet of Things. With the first batch of the applications already out in the market like smart homes, smart kitchen appliances, smart security systems, etc. the world of IoT is expected to grow. And with this growth, the scope of work for the designers and mobile app development services is going to explode. With so many big things being lined up for IoT, we have compiled some tips that you as a designer can consider for your next IoT project.
Tips for Designing an IoT Application
1. Security Should be Your First Priority
Users are becoming savvier and alert regarding their data security in every aspect of their connectivity with the web world. This awareness is surely going to affect the Internet of Things applications and will become a big issue among everything else. For instance, you have designed an app that transmits a user’s crucial data. Will the user end up in using your app if he is not confident about the security measures you have taken for the app? I guess not. Therefore, when it comes to the cross platform mobile development and design of an IoT app, it becomes mandatory to address the security concerns right from the scratch. You should incorporate top notch encryption, authentication, and all the other required security features in it.
2. Don’t Just Think About One Niche Function
IoT apps are totally a difference scene from the applications that we are in the habit of working with. While the traditional apps are designed for a niche market so as to fulfill the demands of a particular set of people, the IoT apps are totally different by nature. These apps require complete connectivity and communication between the devices for their functioning. Therefore, when it comes to designing an IoT app, we should consider the entire ecosystem rather than focusing on a single niche. Since, the end goals of the IoT apps is complete connectivity, a special consideration to cover all the possible areas in one app is necessary.
3. Bring Your Creativity & Imagination into Action
There is not denial in the fact that IoT has introduced us to an all new range of devices that will be inter-connected to the internet. It has already extended its connectivity to wearables like watches, bracelets, etc. This in turn has brought a great opportunity for the designers as they can come up with new designs of such appliances and wearable s and give the users something new to think about. The designers can incorporate their creativity and new ideas and revamp the look of the devices that we have been using since ages.
4. Focus on the Data
One of the most important characteristic of Internet Of Things will be the transmission of huge amount of data. If we are looking for a complete connectivity between different devices, then we should not overlook the heaps of data that will be transmitted. Therefore, the best way to design an IoT app is to consider making smart devices which will avoid data overload by filtering out the unnecessary data from the data that is actually required by the user.
5. Keep it simple and minimal
While designing an IoT app, don’t give a lot of options to the users to choose from as this will end up in confusing them. The lesser the choices, easier it would be for the users to navigate through the various options and choose the one they want to. Don’t make your users think a lot while they are working on your app. Instead, make it easier from them to flow from one page to the other in a hassle-free manner.
With all this being said, we believe that by now you might have a slight idea of what to consider while working on mobile app development solutions for the IoT vertical. To know more about such tips and practices about app development and design, you can get in touch with the experts at Octos Global.