Mobile Apps for Internet of Things

Connect your smart device to a flawless and beautifully designed IoT app

Are you wondering how to choose the best IoT app development company for your project? Our award-winning team consists of top IoT developers and has a strong background in developing big-league, complex BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) applications.

Read our clients’ reviews, view examples of our IoT projects, and ask us questions to find out if we are the IoT (Internet of Things) app development company you are looking for.


We partner with leading IoT businesses

App for managing wireless earphones

Exploit the full potential of your wireless Skybuds earphones thanks to the Skybuds app

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Wi-Fi display app & mobile app for managing it

Share video, photos, and video chat with your friends and family

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Digital display app 
and mobile app controlling it

Upload your favorite artworks to Electric Object digital frame

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Remote intimacy app for Apple Watch

App that allows partners to connect and to control one another’s pleasure gadgets from anywhere in the world. Launched at CES 2019.

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Testimonials


See why our clients see us as a reliable long-term partner

Droids on Roids’ communication with us was steady and reliable, while their code quality was clean on both Android and iOS platforms. They stayed up-to-date on different coding languages and the team was very organized.

Jamie Roberts Seltzer
CEO, Alpha Audiotronics

About IoT app development with Droids On Roids


Don’t spend time building your own team. Start working on your app right away

If you are looking for a long-term partner who takes the whole IoT app development process off your shoulders – you are in the right place.

We are Droids On Roids – a mobile & web development company from Poland (est. 2011) offering full-stack mobile, web, and backend services. Being a 100% office-based team of 45+ talented professionals, we serve clients throughout the world, mostly in the US and the UK. We completed over 130 projects – here you can see our worksOne of our key specializations is mobile app development for Internet of Things. 

Our services include native iOS development, native Android development, Flutter app development, React Native app development, frontend & backend web development, Product Design Workshop, UX/UI design, and app maintenance. Among our clients are start-ups and global brands, moreover, companies like Facebook, WhatsApp, and Bitrise use our Open Source libraries.

If you choose Droids On Roids for your IoT app development:

  • we will create a UX & UI design consistent with your brand, and adapted to the newest iOS & Android guidelines
  • you will stay updated on the current project status and have direct access to your dedicated team
  • thanks to our 6-steps Quality Assurance process you will get a crash-free IoT app with robust code
  • before we start your app development, we organize a Kick-off meeting where we define your role as a Product Owner, clarify every role in the team, set the rules we want to follow, and plan the work to do.

That makes us the best Internet of Things app development company you can choose.

If you are not ready for your IoT app development, we can start our cooperation with the Product Design Workshop which will help us to clarify the business vision of your product. The workshop lets us be clear about your business goals, technical requirements, and the development approach.

Based on what we work out during the workshop, we create wireframes to lay the structure of your application out, and we prepare a detailed estimation with a split for each platform and user story. What is more, you get the complete documentation necessary to start your mobile app development for Internet of Things.

If you already have the complete documentation, don’t hesitate to estimate your project.

Droids On Roids – Top IoT App Development Company from Poland.

Your IoT app in the best hands


Your project is our project: we’ll share ideas for the best possible outcomes

Risk-free trial

Try us for 2 weeks, retaining the rights to your code if you cancel the partnership

1st demo in 7 Days

Receive your first working demo within 7 days of the project 
kick-off

Transfer of IP

You are the owner of Intellectual Property rights at all times

Dedicated teams

Work with exclusively allocated team 100% focused and engaged with your product

Agile driven

Our certified Scrum Masters ensure the efficiency of the team’s work

On time. 
On budget.

Set your project live when expected, and within your estimated budget

What are key ingredients for successfull Internet of Things app?


A great app is built on a good understanding of the users, has intuitive user interface and solves user problem

High-level security

We use the best practices to ensure high-level security for your app and its users’ data

Access to insights

You will be able to examine and organize your data with the goal of better serving your customers

GDPR compliant

We will make sure your app is fully GDPR Compliant, so you won’t have to worry about it

Easy to manage

You get all the features you need to manage your app easily

Engaging users

our app will have everything you need to make your customers happy and engaged

UX Intuitive

The app will show what’s essential with 
a modern and user-friendly interface

Benefit from our cross-cutting experience in different industries

Get the Custom Mobile App meeting your unique requirements specific for your industry

Start working on your IoT app right away!

Receive your first working demo within 7 days from the project kick-off

Not ready for an estimate?
Attend Product Design Workshop to clarify your vision and prepare the crucial documentation.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is IoT? A Simple definition of the Internet of Things

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a broad term that includes many types of devices. One way to define it would be as a worldwide network of an ever-growing number of electronic devices connected to the internet.

In its essence, IoT consists of many interconnected devices that gather and exchange data between each other. These days, virtually anything can be made into an IoT-enabled device.

Today, IoT is a massive industry with 50 billion connected devices generating 4.4 zettabytes of data.

IoT ranges in complexity from autonomous vehicles to simple, sensor-based utility devices that collect data in our buildings. IoT can make use of artificial intelligence (AI), and machine learning streamline the data gathering processes.

From the perspective of users, IoT means interacting with a global network without using any input devices like keyboards or touch screens. Many of our everyday objects and home appliances can now connect to that network with minimal intervention.

How does IoT work?

When talking about IoT, we can distinguish three main types of IoT devices:

  • Devices that collect data and then send it (sensors),
  • Devices that receive data and then act on it (actuators),
  • Devices that can do both these things.

Each of these IoT devices comes with its own IP address and can communicate with an external, centralized data storage via a safe internet connection.

An IoT network is made of devices that gather data using various sensors, from complex systems we find in autonomous vehicles to simple sensors that monitor the temperature in office buildings. IoT also includes personal fitness devices like step trackers or heart rate monitors.

Sensors collect data by transferring it to a remote location where a machine is waiting to make sense of it. This data transfer can be done wirelessly or using wired networks. Devices can send data via the internet to a data center or cloud storage with a solution that has the computing power required to process it.

To unlock the value from data, the solution collects, processes, filters, and analyzes it. Note that data itself can vary in complexity, from a simple temperature monitoring sensor or a complex full video feed.

This data can help machines to learn user preferences and adjust their work accordingly. This is what makes IoT devices “smart” – they can collect data from their surroundings and use it to change how they work using technologies like machine learning.

Most of the time, data processing takes place in data centers. But that’s not always possible due to larger latencies. Critical use cases like shutoffs in industrial settings or autonomous vehicles make the delay of sending data from the device to a remote data center problematic. It might render the system unusable or become a security threat. In such cases, local computing can help – this is where smart devices can aggregate data, analyze it, and then create demanded responses if necessary, all within close-to-real-time. Data processing can also take place in physically connected edge devices that have upstream connectivity for sending data to be processed, stored, and analyzed further.

In the IoT world, you might also come across M2M communication. The machines created by the same manufacturer are often programmed to be able to seamlessly communicate with one another – for example, within a single household. This can greatly improve the performance of the whole system and contributes to its security. Users can set the devices up, give them instructions, or access the data – otherwise, the devices do most of the work on their own.

Benefits of IoT-based mobile apps

The use of smart devices has increased across different sectors like transportation, hospitality, healthcare, and education. The rise of IoT is accelerated by the unique benefits it brings to businesses.

1. Greater productivity

The use of smart devices helps to increase the productivity level of organizations in many different ways. IoT allows the monitoring and control of the different processes for optimizing operations and increasing team efficiency. For example, in the context of manufacturing, IoT can help in managing resources and real-time monitoring of different production stages.

2. Predictive analytics

By collecting massive amounts of data, IoT solutions give businesses the opportunity to examine recurring patterns and contribute to predictive analytics solutions. The insights they generate can then be used in the preventive maintenance of manufacturing machines and increasing the level of service delivered.

3. Enabling real-time response

IoT is all about a rapid, near real-time response. The previously collected data allows companies to monitor systems in real-time and remotely. IoT facilitates the optimization of maintenance processes and decision making, offering companies a strategic advantage in monitoring anything from device operation to customer behaviors and market trends. Real-time monitoring also reduces the associated risk with regular business operations and routine activities. For example, IoT dashboards help to keep the operation of machinery safe by informing the staff about anomalies through alert systems and digital panic buttons. The technology also identifies when machines or operators might be in danger.

4. Customer insights

IoT provides businesses with the ability to collect data from the network and use advanced analytics to uncover business insights, identify customer segments, and reduce operational cost. For example, a company can select a sampling of data about its top customers and then break down the data that can be collected about them to create an initial baseline. The company can learn how customers are requesting services and what the typical response is. This opens the door to optimizing the process and processing requests faster. By harnessing IoT data, you can create new opportunities and discover market niches.

5. Error reduction

IoT helps to reduce the costs of market research, as well as the expenses originating in human errors. Thanks to the complementary nature of technologies such as AI, IoT makes it possible to reduce the number of human-made errors to a minimum during mundane or repetitive tasks. An IoT system can be put in place to discover and automatically report on process abnormalities, lowering the cost of labor and maintenance time.

6. Optimizing products and services

Leading companies are using IoT to fine-tune their services and products. The customers might need a product or service, but if the flow of information is poorly tuned, you will never learn about their requirements. IoT offers you the opportunity to identify gaps or interruptions of data relative to the process in which your customer is engaged.

IoT app development challenges

Risk management is a vital part of developing IoT solutions. Here are some of the dangers and risk factors you should consider before launching an IoT app development project.

Security and privacy issues

Companies are often unprepared for risks created by unique vulnerabilities in IoT applications. In many cases, IoT apps are harder to secure than mobile apps, and the focus on agile software development makes these apps more vulnerable to cyberattacks. At the same time, they have access to personal user data like name, date of birth, card information, and more, which is sometimes saved without any solid encryption. This is a threat to the privacy and security of users.

Imagine this scenario: a health monitoring app with access to data about a user’s illness history contains a vulnerability that causes a data leak, and the information is traced back to this user.

If your IoT app includes sensitive data, ensure that encryption and secure coding are integrated into your development process.

Other security challenges include:

  • Data exchange security – it’s crucial to recognize that the information transferred from IoT sensing units and devices to a system is stored in the cloud. Make sure that the guarantee data file encryption protocol is followed during app development.
  • Physical security – IoT devices are typically neglected and easily accessible. Inspecting whether security measures are in place is important as well
  • Cloud storage security – although cloud storage space comes with state-of-the-art security methods, it’s difficult for developers to guarantee that all of the IoT system data gateways are secured correctly. Suitable means for authentication and authorization need to be considered as well.
  • Privacy updates – data fetched by IoT devices always falls under particular rules and laws. For example, fitness trackers collect user data based on the HIPAA data handling guidelines. Conforming to such regulations ensures the right level of data privacy.

Internet access

Another obstacle is access to a good internet connection. In our digital world, there are still some places where good internet throughput is not available. The more IoT devices in one place, the more internet bandwidth they will use. Poor connectivity often results in monitoring and tracking issues.

Data collection

Another common problem in IoT development has to do with data collection and processing pipeline. Because virtually any IoT application involves a significant quantity of data, its collection and processing pose some challenges for system engineers. Teams need to plan well and establish how data will be gathered, saved, or processed within an environment. To accomplish that, you need data science professionals, analytics designers, and machine learning experts.

Multiple device types

Another key problem in the introduction of IoT is the integration of multiple types of devices. The reason behind this issue is that device manufacturers haven’t reached a consensus regarding communication protocols and standards. Every manufacturer creates its own separate ecosystem of IoT devices that don’t work with the devices and applications of competing manufacturers. In such a situation, there are no synchronous protocol developers could follow for data aggregation and communication. The non-uniformity slows down the process of adoption and reduces the potential scalability of IoT in sectors such as healthcare. To synchronize two different systems, clients need a tailored solution.

To reduce the chances of potentially harmful security threats, a multi-layered security approach is recommended for IoT application development. It’s best to assume that security breaks can happen anytime, so it’s important that you arm yourself with a plan to secure your data.

Top platforms for IoT application development

The primary function of an IoT platform is acting as middleware or plumbing that connects devices or applications to the other end. IoT includes a mixture of functionalities like sensors and controllers, a gateway device, communication network, data analyzing and translating software, and an end application service.

IoT cloud platforms handle massive data volumes from devices, customers, applications, websites, and sensors – and take action for a near-real-time response.

How to select the best Internet of Things platform? This depends on your requirements for physical hardware, real-time processing capabilities, custom reports and analysis, budget, development skills required for system creation and maintenance, and your business model.

Here’s a comparison of the most popular platforms to help you choose the best solution.

IBM Watson IoT

  • Offers AI and complex analytics solutions.
  • Domain expertise.
  • Provides flexible solutions.
  • Provides security.
  • Captures real-time data.
  • Provides an analytics service as an add-on.

Google Cloud Platform

  • Offers machine learning capabilities for any IoT need.
  • Real-time business insights for globally dispersed devices.
  • AI capabilities.
  • Provides support for a wide range of embedded operating systems.
  • Location intelligence.

Amazon AWS IoT Core

  • Can process a huge amount of messages.
  • Reliable and secure platform to route the messages to AWS endpoints and other devices.
  • Your applications will track and communicate even when not connected.
  • You can easily integrate it with other popular AWS services like AWS Lambda.
  • Access to the devices is secure.

Microsoft Azure IoT Suite

  • Provides an open platform to build a robust application.
  • Can be used by beginners as well as experts.
  • There are two solutions available: an IoT SaaS and open-source IoT Templates.