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IoT Smart-Locks: Apple HomeKit & Schlage Sense-lessness (or how to spend $2000 on a deadbolt)

IoT Smart-Locks: Apple HomeKit & Schlage Sense-lessness (or how to spend $2000 on a deadbolt)

The goal

  • Upgrade home-office security and take the opportunity to join the Star Trek generation of smart-home IoT.

Exec summary

  • Describe my experience installing and configuring a couple of Schlage Sense smart-locks and configuring them to connect to a couple of Apple TVs as their HomeKit hubs.
  • Examine the pro’s and con’s of smart-home devices: their features are compelling when they work, but IoT remains a bleeding-edge, artful science. (more…)

Internet of Things (IoT)

Internet of Things

Internet of Things (IoT) Software Development

What is the Internet of Things?

The Internet of Things is not a separate network. It’s not even necessarily restricted to the Internet as we understand it. Rather, the Internet of Things is like a catch-all term for the evolution of wireless technology solutions that create a kind of inter-connected, smart system that can function with or without human input.

At the heart of any IoT interaction you’ll find sensors and monitors. In some instances, these sensors will be set up specifically for a particular device or piece of equipment, as with sensors installed to monitor leaks in a facility. In other instances, these sensors could be installed in devices like your smartphone, where the data read through a biometric reader could be integrated with an app that shares information with your treating physician.

Examples of our work in IoT software development include:

  • Field data collection
  • Patient data collection
  • Integrating satellite images into route planning
  • Field sensor monitoring
  • Remote smart-home applications

Our engineers are based in North America and have worked on IoT software projects for major corporate clients throughout the country. We have been working with IoT solutions since before the term came into vogue and continue to track its development for implementation within different industries and the home.

IoT and Big Data The Future of IoT Security Concerns of IoT

IoT and Big Data

Have you ever used a mobile app to order food, adjust a thermostat or turn on your alarm system? If so, you’ve taken advantage of the Internet of Things.

In recent years we’ve worked on many programs that would fall under the Internet of Things. We’ve worked on general, cross-industry devices as well as vertical, industry specific solutions. That work often involves devising ways to make sure that sensors and monitors are communicating effectively with one another and designed to make the most of the data that is being collected.

Data is like the fuel of IoT, and as with fuel, it must be collected and used properly in order to be effective. Making big data more accessible across multiple, different platforms, not only gives an end-user control, it also gives an end user manageable access to the types of information they need at any given moment. This type of big-data usage has tremendous implications for healthcare applications, the automotive industry, smart-home technology, smart watches, machines, and much, much more.

Do you need help with an IoT software development project? Contact us for a free consultation.

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The Future of IoT Development

IoT is poised for dramatic growth over the next decade, much of it among consumers. Despite that growth in the visible arena of the smart-home, much of the revenue generated by the IoT will be in the enterprise sector. With increasing frequency, manufacturers, institutions, healthcare partners and even educators will need to integrate IoT devices into their infrastructure in order to grow their businesses.

You have the hardware, but now you need the software.
Perhaps you have already sourced the hardware you will need to optimize the efficiency of your business. You know where you will get your sensors and receivers, but you still have not decided on the best way to develop the software you need. That’s where Art & Logic can help you determine the best ways to make the most efficient use of your hardware.

We have helped clients save on costs merely by cutting down on the time it takes for data to travel from a sensor to a receiver. By making that process more efficient, we helped extend the battery life of the remote sensors, saving our clients money on the costs of sending out a team to replace the sensors when the batteries run down. We expect more businesses to take advantage of the benefits of IoT by installing remote sensors that gather the types of data that can help them make more informed, precise decisions. The key, though, is to make sure that the software you have developed does not just gather data, but also presents it in a useful, logical, and elegant format that is clear and intuitive.

Do you need help with an IoT software development project? Contact us for a free consultation.

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Security Concerns of IoT

As you know, the collection and wireless transmission of data presents new kinds of security concerns for individuals, businesses and institutions. Depending on your industry, the software you require for your IoT project may have to follow specific compliance guidelines and requirements. At Art & Logic, our engineers will work with you to ensure that your software is compliant, while our UI/UX designers will integrate that software into a refined user-friendly interface and experience.

In addition to the compliance concerns of IoT software and projects, Art & Logic can also work with you to optimize the security of your software. In other words, we can help you develop secure software and then help you maintain the security of your software.

Do you need help with the security of your IoT project? Contact us for a free consultation.

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Smart Toilets and Other Scary Futures: the View from My Office Chair

Smart Toilets and Other Scary Futures: the View from My Office Chair

On a recent Tuesday night tapas meet-up, my friend and I were talking about social media and her use of it. She had been studiously avoiding it in an effort to keep her online profile low. I countered with my usual “that ship has sailed” speech: She has a Gmail account, uses Google, debit and credit cards, club and membership cards, etc. Her eyes grew wide in disbelief and she launched into a somewhat predictable reaction of fear, loathing and righteous indignation over the violation of her privacy.

I sighed and began to talk about technology, how and why we use it, Big Data and the Internet of Things, which may not have been the smartest of moves, but was fueled by our solid friendship and the arrival of miniature plates of mussels, crostini, and warmed olives.

I can’t help it. I am authentically interested in how new technology moves from the academic to the novel to the ubiquitous over time and I’ve been a spectator of that evolution for over a decade. (more…)

Is Your Company Ready for the Internet of Things?

Is Your Company Ready for the Internet of Things?

The Internet of Things. Of Things. When you hear it said or see it written, it might make you wonder what these things are and why they matter. If you aren’t familiar with the idea, it might even make you think that there is another Internet out there, something that exists within the realm of some abstract collective of interconnected things. In fact, the Internet of Things (IoT) isn’t separate from us and our daily use of technology, rather it’s in almost everything we use today.
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Mayo, Spam, and the Coming ‘Internet of Things’ Arms Race

Mayo, Spam, and the Coming ‘Internet of Things’ Arms Race

A Horrifying Vision

I’m back in the office today after two days at an Internet of Things Expo in Manhattan. We’re clearly at a weird state where everyone in the world knows that something big is about to happen, but no one has any idea where or how. Lots of people were expressing frustration that there are no clear standards yet. COAP? MQTT? Turns out that there are already startups doing their best to sell services that will abstract away pesky details like underlying wire protocols. I even brought home a brochure from a company that’s claiming that they’ll be able to implement your entire IoT product vision without any software development effort at all! I think I’ve posted here before about how many times in my career as a developer I’ve seen this wave of ‘Programming without Programmers’ snake oil come back to life.

One panelist commented that it felt a lot like the early days of the internet all over again.

During another presentation, I saw how right he was. (more…)

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