Internet of Things (IoT), your smart helper
There is great potential in IoT and we learned a lot about this technology on the Direct echo project. We were drawn in to the tech, so we decided to bring smart sensors closer to you.
What is IoT (Internet of Things)?
Internet of Things is a term for various modern remote control devices connected and communicating with each other using the Internet. For example in your home, different sensors communicate with your smartphone, letting you easily control aspects of your home such as lights, heating, cameras or sensors. But there are many possible ways of use.
The bright future of the Internet of Things
In addition to augmented reality (link to the case study), thanks to the upcoming 5G revolution, the Internet of Things has huge potential. Higher bit rates and faster speeds will allow much smoother operation and a more varied use of this technology. The future is up for grabs, however, even now, many companies are exploring uses and this segment is on the rise. We are proud to be part of one of the IoT projects that makes a lot of sense - Direct echo.
What does Direct echo do?
Direct Echo is an app connected to two types of sensors. The system takes care of the security of your home or cottage. The motion sensor will let you know if, for example, the front door moves or an unusual movement is detected. The water sensor monitors for leaks in your property.
With Direct echo you can control all of the sensors together, giving you an instant alert whenever something happens and the ability to respond appropriately.
How did mobile app development begin?
We obtained the contract on the basis of previous cooperation with Direct company, for which we developed an app for the managing of corporate finances Direct Finance. Originally, it was supposed to be just a small one-month project, but as we worked together and found an understanding, a lot of things changed since the beginning of the assignment - especially the client’s idea of the usefulness of software itself. So starting with a small order (originally implemented in October 2017), the project grew and developed until May 2019, when the app went into the app store and the product went into the shops.
This was not just an arbitrary increase in the client’s time and expenses. It should be noted that the software development of Direct echo has been very complex. It is not only about developing a mobile app and connecting a mobile phone with smart sensors. It is also necessary to determine the right business model and to adapt the product to the target group. It was equally important to find the balance, alerting the user to potential problems, while also not being too intrusive.
It is therefore natural (and necessary) to change things on the go and we are grateful for the approach our client-partner has had to this project. As projects are ongoing (and even better if they are ongoing with the same team), mutual trust builds up over time. Our team remained stable and we were able to suggest improvements for the app. So we moved from the client-supplier relationship to a partnership level, where we helped each other beyond contracts and mutual responsibilities. In other words, the ideal situation.
“SYNETECH has developed the 5th version of the app for the management of innovative motion and water sensors called Direct Echo for us. We know exactly what we will receive and we also appreciate fairness, transparency, precision and personal approach with the client. ”
Dominik Fronc, Project Manager
It is a pleasure to take the project as our own
Basically, when working with Direct insurance, a good relationship was built by both, us and the client. In addition, we were present during the inception and initial conception of the idea, and although the beginning may have been a little complicated because of the expansion of the original idea and its formation, we think of Direct echo as our child and we are proud of it.
SYNETECH and the Internet of Things
SYNETECH itself does not produce the sensors, but the sensors communicate with a server, which then communicates with the app we develop. So we can work with your solution or preferred brand. Additionally, as the quality of the sensors moves forward, the batteries are beginning to last for several years, they are smaller and more sensitive. There is no problem to change and update them continually depending on app compatibility.
IoT technology limits?
The user may be prompted to handle the sensor directly, with a single diode and one pushbutton, and for example, a water sensor does not even have a pushbutton (each hole brings the risk of leakage). Everything can look dangerous, but that’s the beauty of the concept. Just place the sensor and nothing else is needed from you. Sounds interesting? We know it does.
Do you like the idea of Direct echo? You can try it too. We can assure you your household will not get flooded.
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