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HTML5 Web Apps Help Analyze IoT Data In Real-Time

By Victor Thomson , Oct 09, 2016 09:58 PM EDT
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JaveScript HTML5 code can be leveraged to create web applications that allow real-time visualization and analysis of Internet of Things (IoT) data.

HTML5 Apps For IoT

According to Inside Big Data, more companies are also deploying IoT devices, along with consumer devices such as coffee machines, lights, refrigerators, door locks, alarms and more. Enterprises are installing various IoT devices such as security systems, city-wide smart street lighting, robots, health monitoring devices, field sensors and more. Enterprise environments are increasingly challenged by this influx of IoT devices.

Using a dashboard, companies have to deal with the task of visualizing, aggregating, interacting with and analyzing a variety of different data sources. Programmable APIs featured by many IoT devices are enabling companies to interact with them through some kind of front-end. On all of these different platform configurations, each device features a web browser that makes it easy to deploy web applications.

The logical choice for a development framework when building a web application is JavaScript and HTML5 has become the most widely used technology for developers. HTML5 provides a complete JavaScript-based application framework that can be used by developers to build a flexible and powerful user interface. RESTful-based APIs within the JavaScript frameworks empower developers to interact with a wide variety of IoT devices.

As IoT devices become more prevalent in the enterprise, it's imperative that enterprises have access to an easy and cost effective way to interact with these devices. There is a large, growing developer pool out there with infinite expertise in web-based technologies. Tapping into this is the easiest mechanism by far to write an app once and deploy everywhere, while also bringing time and cost savings to your business - so why wait?

Developing The Internet Of Things

According to The Huffington Post, there are currently around 5 billion devices connected to the internet, but this number is forecasted to reach as much as 50 billion by the year 2020. Most common IoT devices today are computers, tablets, and smartphones, but newly designed light bulbs, thermostats, and refrigerators are beginning to extend the Internet of Things network.

The self-driving car is one of the most interesting among the newly developed, interconnected devices. By the year 2020, analysts expect to have more than 250 million cars connected to the internet on the roads. Autonomous cars are still in their early stages of development, but they are predicted to become an important component of the Internet of Things.

In the coming years, the development of smaller, wearable smart devices will also have a major impact on our lives. These devices form an important sector of the Internet of Things. While devices such as tablets and smartphones are expected to become a thing of the past, wearable technology is predicted to pave the way for new innovation.

At the moment, wearable technology is confined to Google Glass, FitBits, and watches, but researchers are currently working to design internet-connected smart clothing. More than 140,000 units of smart clothing were shipped worldwide in 2013.Tech experts predict that around 10.2 million units of smart clothing will be on the market by 2020.
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