The Internet of Things (IoT) has changed our everyday life drastically—particularly our homes. Your coffee maker, toaster, refrigerator, and TV are not just connected to the internet but can communicate with each other by sending signals. Amazing, right? And all that is possible thanks to the Internet of Things.
The numbers are impressive. According to a recent report by GlobalData, the home automation market was $35.9 billion in 2020 and is expected to hit a staggering $75.3 billion by 2025 at a compound annual growth rate of just under 16%.
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More and more companies are interested in building applications that allow users to control all of their smart home devices.
If you are one of them, you’ve come to the right place. This article will tell you the essentials of IoT smart home app development, but first, let’s find out how a home automation system works.
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A home automation system makes life convenient by automating simple tasks around your home. You can interconnect all your devices through the internet and control them remotely with a mobile app or simple voice commands. For instance, you can turn the air conditioning on while you’re away, and when you come back home, you can enjoy the temperature you set.
A basic home automation app needs three components to run: smart hubs, connected mobile apps, and smart devices. All of these are interconnected and communicate through the internet to perform actions remotely.
The system typically works on three levels:
Tech giants such as Google and Samsung identified the potential of smart homes early on and introduced robust solutions that are ruling the market to date. You could either go for a pre-built solution or get a customized app developed to turn your home into a smart one.
Some of the most commonly used smart home apps include Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and the Samsung Smart Homes app. The features they offer are mostly similar and include accessing supported devices, casting videos on a TV, listening to music, scheduling tasks on a calendar, and a lot more.
Getting a custom solution, on the other hand, has its own benefits.
Since you’ll be outsourcing the project, you get access to some of the finest engineering talents who will develop personalized solutions for your needs. The turnaround time isn’t a lot, and you can set a timeline that suits you. Also, you don’t have to employ and train in-house experts, so development costs go down significantly. The end-to-end services and support of the product are also benefits that should be considered.
Thus, opting for a pre-built solution takes away the element of personalization that a custom-made app may give you.
Creating a smart home application isn’t that difficult if you find the right team. However, you need to be careful about key areas to develop an app that meets your business needs. Here’s everything you need to know about IoT smart home app development.
Let’s start with a couple of things you need to be careful about before jumping into the development process.
Even if you build a custom-built solution, there are some core features you can’t afford skipping in your smart home automation app:
Thus, you can be sure your application has everything necessary to function properly and be user-friendly.
The cost of developing a custom smart home automation app mostly depends on the complexity of the project as well as the talent building the IoT smart home app. Many businesses outsource their development tasks to development firms from Eastern Europe, particularly Ukraine, as they offer high-quality and affordable services.
At the fundamental level, you will need someone to head the project, i.e., a project manager, a UI/UX designer, two or three developers, and finally, a quality assurance engineer. You may also want to hire a business analyst to take care of your data management and analyses so you can make better decisions. Here’s how much these specialists charge on average:
The total charge would be somewhere between $200 and $400 per hour, plus some additional costs you may have to bear.
If you choose to outsource developing your IoT smart home app, make sure you research how reliable the company is. Relevant Software is an experienced mobile app development company that has profound expertise in IoT software solutions. Here are some of the IoT projects we’ve successfully delivered.
If the development of IoT continues as predicted and more households become equipped with networked devices, it is clear that more and more people will use smart home applications. So don’t miss your chance to develop your own app.
If you’re ready to hire an experienced team today, contact Relevant Software!