Internet of Things (IoT) Bluetooth Mobile Applications for Android and iOS: Custom Applications Development

"Bluetooth low energy evolved to be the Swiss army knife of the IoT connectivity due to its profile flexibility, ease of use with mobile phones, and ultra-low power characteristics. BLE is replacing proprietary protocols such as ZigBee to become the de-facto standard of connectivity in low-power, low-cost IoT devices."
Embedded Computing Design, 2019   

Bluetooth mobile applications development for the Internet of Things (IoT) networks. BLE mobile applications for the smart lighting and smart buildings, bluetooth IoT devices management and configuration, bluetooth beacons mobile applications for asset tracking, bluetooth wearables applications.

Android and iOS BLE Mobile Applications For Internet of Things Devices

Bluetooth low energy (BLE) wireless communication protocol plays bigger and bigger role in the IoT applications, from smart lighting and smart buildings to the industrial IoT sensors to asset tracking applications. The low energy consumption, long communication range in the BLE mesh IoT networks, and ability to natively communicate with the smartphones, tablets and compuers makes bluetooth low energy a technology of choice for the Internet of Things (IoT) applications.

BLE mesh is the only wireless IoT technology that does not require multiple gateways or a proprietary firmware to configure and control IoT network devices. BLE mesh IoT networks can be commissioned (provisioned and configured) and controlled using a regular smartphone. The convenience of use and lower costs make bluetooth mesh grow in popularity fast.

Bluetooth beacons give companies a low cost option for the real time assets and people tracking, serve as an alternative to RFID for automating inventory management and asset tracking, and enable indoor navigation in large spaces. Unlike RFID technology that requires special readers, BLE beacons can be discovered and tracked using a mobile application on a smartphone.

Industrial devices equipped with the bluetooth give users an easy way to interact with them using a smartphone. A bluetooth mobile application can replace a control panel for the electronic devices. Users can configure devices and read device data, and any required changes can be made fast without a need to update hardware.

There is a growing number of bluetooth wearables that measure anything from a heart rate to the blood glucose level, and deliver results to the smartphones in real time.

Bluetooth Mobile Applications Development - What We Can Do

Regardless of what type of IoT project you have, we will help you with the mobile applications development, linking mobile applications to the cloud software and back-end database, implementation and consulting. We will work with you to create an IoT solution that fits your business needs. We have experience with the following bluetooth applications projects:

  • Smart lighting Android and iOS applications for the smart lighting systems that use BLE mesh or other wireless protocols.
  • Bluetooth mesh mobile applications for the commissioning and control of IoT network devices.
  • BLE beacons mobile applications linked to the cloud software for the real time asset tracking.
  • Applications for inventory management and asset tracking, using BLE beacon tags as an alternative to RFID for the fast inventory and assets scanning with a smartphone.
  • Mobile applications for interacting with the bluetooth low energy devices and wearables.
  • Android and iOS applications linked to the cloud software and back-end databases, or stand-alone BLE mobile application.

Bluetooth low energy mobile applications role in IoT solutions

We develop bluetooth mobile applications for the following IoT systems and devices:

Bluetooth IoT Mobile Applications For The Smart Lighting

Android and iOS applications for controlling smart lighting IoT networks, or for point-to-point bluetooth configuration of the individual smart sensors / light fixtures.

Smart lighting IoT networks can use a bluetooth mesh or other wireless communication protocol (e.g. Zigbee or Thread). For the BLE mesh based smart lighting network a mobile application uses standard BLE mesh protocol to communicate with the lighting fixtures, sensors and switches. In case of a different protocol, a smartphone application communicates to the lighting accessories via the bluetooth, and bluetooth messages are converted to the Thread, Zigbee or other format on the device using a proprietary custom firmware. A multiprotocol SoC is required for such conversion.

We have experience developing stand alone smart lighting applications, as well as mobile applications that work with the cloud software and backend databases.

Bluetooth Mobile Applications For The IoT Devices Management

Android and iOS smartphone applications that communicate with the bluetooth enabled devices and wearables. A smartphone can replace an electronic device control panel, allowing a user to configure and change device settings, and control the device. A smartphone with the bluetooth mobile application can also serve as an IoT gateway for the field sensors / data loggers. An application can read data accumulated on the sensors and send them from the smartphone to the cloud for review and processing. We will work with the standard bluetooth profiles or custom.

BLE Beacons Mobile Applications For The Asset Tracking

Bluetooth low energy beacons in combination with a smartphone and a mobile application can be used for the asset tracking in several different ways. One option is to have an automatic real time assets GPS location tracking. With this setup, a user who is handling an asset will have a smartphone in his pocket with the application running in the background. Mobile application detects an asset presence and sends GPS location of an asset to the backend cloud software in the regular time intervals. Our QR Mobile Data software for the equipment and assets maintenance tracking has this capability built into the mobile application.

Another option is for the human to use a smartphone to scan the pallet or a truckload of the assets that arrived to the warehouse, were delivered to the job site or are loaded on the truck and are ready to be shipped. BLE beacon tags on the assets allow a user to scan all assets at once with a click of a button in the mobile application. This works much faster than barcode scanning, and ensures that no assets are missed.

A user then can select a location where assets were delivered or where assets are being dispatched, and optionally can enter additional parameters that should be recorded during the asset transaction. The data are sent from the smartphone to the cloud in real time, and are immediately available to the authorized users of the system. Our QR Inventory inventory management and asset tracking software has this capability built into the mobile application.

Bluetooth Mesh Mobile Applications For IoT Networks

We develop Android and iOS mobile applications for the bluetooth mesh IoT networks commissioning and control. BLE mesh mobile applications may have different functionality based on your specific project. The common functionality will include provisioning of the IoT devices into the network, grouping the devices and configuring how these groups interact, setting and changing IoT devices parameters, controlling the devices, setting scenes and schedules.

An IoT network commissioning can be done with a stand alone application, or you can have a more sophisticated system consisting of the mobile application, cloud software and a central database. In the latter case you have a secure system with the user access control and a central data repository. Multiple commissioners can work with the BLE mesh IoT networks to which they have access, and always get current data on a smartphone, tablet or a computer that they are using - no need for the data import / export between the devices. A bluetooth mesh configuration can be done via the web dashboard, and applied to the IoT devices on site using a smartphone or tablet and a BLE mesh commissioning mobile application.

We have a ready to go bluetooth mesh commissioning platform (cloud software + mobile application) that can be used as is, can be customized to your requirements or can be used as a codebase for a custom bluetooth mesh application project.


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Bluetooth IoT Mobile Applications: Business Use Cases

Smart Lighting Systems

Wireless lighting IoT systems based on the bluetooth mesh (smart lighting) allow you to completely automate lighting management (scenes, scheduling, brightness levels, etc.) These capabilities result in the most efficient power use, with the minimum maintenance cost and employees involvment. Bluetooth mesh mobile application allows authorized employees to commission, configure and control smart lighting systems without a need for the maintenance calls and special hardware.

Smart Buildings

In the smart buildings IoT networks multiple appliances, such as lighting, HVAC system, security, etc. may use a bluetooth mesh protocol for the wireless communication. Unlike other wireless technologies, you can control the whole complex system of appliances using a web-based software and / or a mobile application - no additional hardware required. Use a web dashboard to create and configure BLE mesh IoT networks. Provision IoT devices and apply configuration parameters on site, adjust configuration if needed using a smartphone and a bluetooth IoT mobile application.

IoT Sensors Network

Modern facilities are relying on multiple sensors (temperature, humidity, vibration, pressure, CO2 content, occupancy, ambient light, etc., etc.) for the automatic maintenance of the correct environment. If the values go out of range authorized personnel are automatically alerted and can remedy a problem fast, often remotely. A bluetooth IoT mobile application can be used to configure and control BLE mesh sensor networks, as well as reading accumulated data and sending them to the back-end database for processing.

Smart Homes

Although bluetooth mesh is mostly used in the industrial facilities, bluetooth mesh based smart home systems are rapidly catching up. BLE mesh IoT networks allow people to easily control home lighting, heating and air conditioning systems, door locks, etc. Bluetooth IoT mobile application allows users to easily configure and change home appliances and lighting settings without the professional help. For example a user can configure what switch turns on / off which group of lights without a need for inviting an electrician and do rewiring.

Equipment / Wearables Interaction

Let users easily set and change bluetooth equipment and wearables setup parameters using a smartphone and a mobile application. Receive data on a smartphone, review data in the mobile application and / or send to a backend database for processing.

Real Time Asset Tracking

Use bluetooth beacon tags and a smartphone application to track assets and equipment in real time: in the field, on the job sites, in any out-of-the-office location. Track assets inside the large buildings (on the shop floor, in the hospitals, etc.) using bluetooth beacon tags and bluetooth mesh network.

Employees / Visitors Tracking

Track employees time in / time out automatically, employees or visitors location within the building. Create a "geofenced" areas and receive automatic alerts if a visitor or an employee got in the area where they are not supposed to be.

Indoor Navigation

Use stationary bluetooth beacons to give customers map-based directions in the large indoor areas where GPS location is not available. Send relevant notifications to the customers' smartphones based on their location.

AHG, Inc. develops integrated cloud - mobile applications that are modern, innovative, can be implemented quickly and increase your company productivity and efficiency. We specialize in the bluetooth applications (bluetooth devices integration and bluetooth mesh networks commissioning), and business productivity applications: assets and inventory management, data collection, project management and workflow automation. We use modern technologies (mobile, cloud, smartphones, QR codes, NFC, bluetooth) to make routine business tasks faster to complete, eliminate data loss and errors, and streamline information exchange withing your organization. We understand that each business has unique requirements, so we give you the power to easily customize our software to fit your business workflow.

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