Infoteria streamlines IoT app development
November 3, 2016
Japanese software technology company Infoteria has announced Platio, a non-programming rapid IoT app development platform to be available early next year. In addition to being able to create business apps, Platio, Infoteria's first step into the IoT, will support field work operations through the use of IoT device applications.
Attention has been given to increased efficiency through IoT applications for field work as seen in industries such as healthcare, construction and agriculture. Many companies now offer various IoT devices, including product-embedded sensors for inspection and devices equipped with communications functions for ascertaining physical information.
"Business applications for IoT devices require mobile-type apps matching each domain of business," said Munekazu Matsumura, marketing director at Infoteria. “Because IoT applications often bring serious changes to work processes, gradual yet quick app development through consultation with field workers is critical.”
He said the development of IoT applications taking interactions between developers and field workers into account had proven to be difficult because of the need for various other processes including app development, app distribution and cloud system preparation to save field data and authenticate information.
“At Infoteria, we're overcoming these challenges by removing barriers not only for developers but also non-technical skilled individuals, giving them more flexibility so they are able to maximise creativity," he said. "Platio streamlines the app development process.”
Users can create apps by selecting and customising the readily available templates. Along with the selection of templates, data storage in the cloud and user management functions are automatically prepared, relieving the developers from the burden of having to prepare servers for data storage.
“Deployment of apps is also easy with distribution and updates of apps made possible through a single click," said Matsumura.
Since the IoT is still in its formative years, companies have a distinct early adopter advantage. Most current IoT apps are focusing on a single IoT device, and they lack the ability to link different IoT devices together. Platio allows businesses to address this issue.
It is a non-programming platform that allows businesses to develop IoT apps, transforming the way businesses have thus far operated. It can reduce the burden of software development. End-user software and app development is always an afterthought for major IoT device manufacturers, resulting in the development of apps that do not live up to expectations and extensions.
With Platio, IoT device manufacturers no longer have to worry about end-user software and app development. With a simple select-customise-deploy operation, manufacturers can create customised apps for their devices in a matter of minutes. Without the need for any coding knowledge, manufacturers can connect and test their devices immediately.
The IoT industry is still in its infancy stage. This means that IoT applications and devices are limited, and usually come heavily customised and as a set with the ability to connect to only a single device or a single product line.
With Platio, users can create customised apps by selecting and editing fields of existing templates. A single customised Platio app can connect not only to healthcare devices such as thermometers and blood pressure monitors, but also to equipment with air pressure and humidity sensors. With the increased flexibility to connect to a range of IoT devices, businesses can brainstorm and realise ways to streamline their business operations.
With the advancement of technology, not only do developers have to make sure that servers are maintained periodically, they also have to make sure that applications are fully functional on the latest operating system. If the applications are heavily customised, up-keeping costs such as server maintenance and app updates can prove to be high. With Platio, data cloud storage and management features are automatically built, so users don't have to worry about maintenance of any sort. By accessing the customised app through Platio, users can be sure their app is always up to date, and can leave the maintenance of cloud servers to Platio.
Infoteria was founded in 1998, originally as a software company specialising in XML software development. It then expanded to create software for linking various computer systems and devices together, and focused on becoming a software vendor offering support. Its flagship product, Asteria, is used to integrate various software systems, without the need for coding or costly software development.
Another notable product at Infoteria, Handbook is cloud-based software that allows businesses to access company documents, product catalogues and meeting materials through smartphones and tablets. With an emphasis on digital security and presentation quality, Handbook comes accompanied with feedback, quiz, questionnaire and HTML5 presentation features.