A Brief Introduction to Wireless IoT and Product Development
A simple explanation for wireless IoT is connecting the connected. In other words, applications from personal handheld electronics to large-scale machines are wirelessly connected using electronics, sensors, actuators, software and a network connection. This allows each thing to have a unique identification using its own computer system. The result is an interconnected delivery of information between devices for the companies who use this data and their customers. Since each device will need a unique identifier, or IP address, there is a global move towards adopting IPv6, which will allow a larger number of IP addresses from the current standard of IPv4.
Current State of the Wireless IoT Market
By 2020, it is estimated that 50 billion applications will be connected to the Internet. Currently, only 2% of all objects are connected. Based off this data, in the next four years, the importance of wireless IoT product development will significantly increase. From refrigerators who automatically add milk to the grocery list when it is low, to the school bus that sends a text to a parent when their child boards, the world is becoming more connected.
The Importance of Wireless in IoT Product Development
Wireless communication is central to IoT product development. Many popular devices on the market today use radio waves to transmit data from one location to another. Choosing the proper wireless connectivity technology can be challenging due to the variety of technologies and frequencies on the market today. The three most commonly used wireless IoT technologies are Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and Cellular, however there are less popular but equally useful alternatives that are also available. An experienced product development company can help you pick the correct technology for your IoT product.