The Internet of Things (IoT) brings massive opportunities for companies-
- New capabilities to make precision-based decisions through improved monitoring
- Efficient operations management and enhanced productivity
- Fine-tuning products & services to boost customer experience
- Cost savings
IoT demonstrates significant economic potential, with a projected market value of $11.1 trillion by 2025. Keeping pace with the trend, it is expected that companies who build robust IoT applications can significantly benefit in the long term.
However, IoT application development has three primary challenges – technological inconsistency, security, and scalability. It is vital to have an end-to-end development environment to build a workable and efficient solution.
Key Capabilities of an Integrated Development Platform for IoT Applications
An integrated development environment platform can remarkably speed up and simplify IoT application development by adding an intuitive and scalable layer on which your solution will be based. However, there are certain crucial factors you should keep in mind when choosing an IoT development platform for your applications.
Discussed here are some key capabilities to keep in mind:
- Scalability: Before you build an IoT application, it is essential to ensure that it can reliably operate under significantly increased loads to help address user needs. Hence, scalability is an important factor when choosing the right IoT development environment.
It should allow developers to continuously optimize the solution and scale as your business grows and experiences peak loads- without compromising the performance of your IoT solution.
- Ability to Design at a Higher Level of Abstraction than Coding: Check if the software supports Unified Modeling Language (UML). It enables developers to build applications at a higher level of abstraction than coding. At the same time, the development environment should ensure thread safety by using advanced message-based communication and state machines.
High abstraction levels also aid in automatically synchronizing shared data and ensuring the scalability of industrial applications.
- Ease of Use: Building IoT applications can be complex. Make sure the development software you use is easy to install and customize. An integrated development environment can be installed in seconds on Eclipse and supports web-publishing models. Public APIs enable you to customize the tool depending on your unique IoT application development needs.
- Build IoT Applications with a Great UX/UI: To make the best value of your IoT application, render a superior UX/UI. Choose an integrated development platform that allows you to mix graphics, state charts, diagrams, and composite structures with coding to design and build your application.
Code-to-Model synchronization is crucial because changes made in one will automatically reflect in the other. A dedicated and extended code editor can further help streamline designing an application.
- Flexibility: The software should allow developers to build real-time applications the way they want. It should facilitate batch and interactive builds through a highly customizable run-time system. At the same time, it should enable the easy setup of different build configurations.
- Security: To ensure your IoT applications are fully protected and can combat security breaches, it is vital to ensure the development environment adds multiple layers of security to the end product-
- Hardware: Secure the hardware through user identification and authentication, high levels of data encryption, and centralizing & segmenting of critical business data.
- Network: Protect the IoT network by installing, segmenting, and pairing additional filters and thresholds, cryptography, firewalls, authorization, and authentication of different debug ports.
- Data Encryption: Ensuring data encryption is pivotal for any IoT platform. But if you are using a ready-made IoT platform, it will come with built-in data security and encryption.
- Additional Security Measures: The primary security features of your IoT applications should have anti-malware systems, multi-factor authorization and authentication, using secure protocols, in-time patches, and updates of all frameworks and libraries, etc.
- Design Verification & Failure Detection: The software should use a high debugging level to verify the application design and validate that it is fail-proof. Design verification enables you to detect failures and bottlenecks at an early stage of development, helping mitigate significant risks and costs at a later phase. This can be done by monitoring behavior animation and run-time structure, trace management, and analyzing diagram-based events.
To build powerful and intuitive IoT applications that deliver value to your company, it is crucial to work with a robust and scalable development environment with the key capabilities. Learn how HCL RTist, help software engineers with feature-rich tooling for design, analysis, building and deploying embedded, real-time systems and IoT applications. Schedule a demo now!