06 Aug, 2019
With the advancement of technology, internet has become a part and parcel of our daily lives. After crossing the wall of desktops, tablets, laptops and mobile, internet has not only reached our TVs, refrigerators and speakers but made them near to obsolete without it.
One of the many things off the internet, one that has completely changed the modern devices using internet, is IoT, i.e Internet of Things. IoT can be described as the network of interconnected smart devices that interact with us dynamically, are addressable uniquely and can be communicated with using standard protocols. It synchronizes conventional technologies such as GPS, bar codes, RFIDs and microcontrollers with applications. Now IoT not only changes how a user can interact with connected objects, but can change the game for the IoT and web service providers both in front and back end.
How web development and IoT is connected
Most of the smart devices interact with us on a regular basis through voice recognition, commands and other standard communication protocols. They interact with the internet for more customized offerings and solutions to be provided to us. Sometimes the UI shows us relevant data from internet, website data , search results or find a solution of a problem faced by us. For example, Alexa by Amazon works with Echo device to recognize voice commands and provides output from the search results. This integrates search engine tools with smart devices. The smart devices communicate with each other and with applications using advanced network and messaging protocols. So, web development is everywhere in IoT, creating the backbone of it.
IoT is different from conventional Web development
With IoT, web development has changed a lot. From being only for PCs, tablets and mobile phones , it has become much more complex and multidimensional. They have to deal with a vast amount of continuous, on the process data, advanced communication protocols, dynamic and progressive interfaces and last but not the least, security aspects.
The smart devices generate a lot of data, which is used for future references, analytics, communications and quality improvements. This is called big data and dealing with big data is world apart from conventional data analysis. This large volume of real time data is transferred between cloud and devices and any data loss leads to malfunction, which is unacceptable in real world commercial applications. So more emphasis is given on reliability and scalability in IoT than traditional web development processes.
Scalability ensures the data is transferred without error and lag irrespective of the volume of data. XMPP and AMQP are used in real time communication and data transfer relying on message. Also communication in smart devices requires a lot of energy. So minimal power consumption and minimal data usage are important while designing the devices.
Responsive and progressive user interface
The user interface of smart devices interacts with users. So they need to be responsive and lag free. But transfer of large volume of data makes the communication lagging. So dealing with UI in smart devices in much more complex. They require dynamic UIs to manage the IoT network. they generate pages and portals progressively, which is essential in multitasking.
With a lot of personal ad professional data transfers through cloud, IoT calls for advanced security features to stop data theft and manipulation. According to a Mckinsey report, security stands hindrance to the exponential growth of IoT solutions. So a lot of security protocols are needed to secure the network and data. According to The Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP), Web interface is the primary security threat. Erroneous authentication is also a security vulnerability , that poses a threat to IoT growth. So the numero uno problem with IoT devices is from the web development front and more risky than hardware threats.
Languages and trends
So the aspect of web development is more in the era of IoT devices. But the challenge is very limited number of web developers are competent in the field of IoT. The small and medium enterprises cannot typically hire web developer as the cost of hiring IoT competent web developers is on the higher side. So taking a step towards future, we need to step up in preparation of web development of IoT devices.
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