Context-aware Web Development Approach: Design Requirements and Implications

By CIOReview | Wednesday, December 5, 2018

In 1999, Kevin Ashton, a British visionary technologist first coined the term “Internet of Things” (IoT) with the aim of connecting things to the internet. Little was known at that time due to the initial phase and lack of knowledge. But now, IoT is already a reality and core part of the digital world. Its tremendous growth has demonstrated a clear value and demand for connected technologies.

While proceeding towards the new era of smart devices, website designing will become more critical and a complex task. Software developers should adopt novel approaches for designing the front-end interfaces where users can easily communicate with other smart devices such as cameras, control, and monitoring units. Moreover, a huge amount of time will be spent during the testing phase, achieving interconnectivity, and maintaining the communication server. The users would prefer easy-to-adopt and flexible devices connected online rather than a manually-controlled process with reduced time consumption.

Due to the increased number of hackers, there may be chances of data theft or loss during data transmission. In order to overcome this limitation, the back-end communication database of the software should be authenticated with high-end security protocols, and the secret key should be provided only to the authorized user. Moreover, integration of top framework with software platforms such as Physical Web, openHAB, Eclipse, and Zetta will help in building a robust structure for effective communication between user-device interactions.

In the website design process, simplicity is the key to achieve effective and optimal design along with enhanced user experience. To accomplish this, the device should be integrated with preferred features with a compact and user-friendly design structure. The processing speed and frequency are the pre-requisites for integrated data transmission amongst different modules—designers should keep these parameters as effective as possible to achieve low load time and data sharing.

Furthermore, certain important aspects such as user requirements, present trends, and advancements are considered during the design process to achieve efficient model-view-control-framework. The design should be as simple as possible along with minimal add-ons and plugins. Integrating web application firewall such as Cloudflare can further boost the security concerns even before the attack starts. Incorporating SSL services to web application will provide secure communication, thereby building trust factor amongst the individuals.

Finally, easy-to-use software with the insights as mentioned above can solve certain level of website design challenges. The designer should be well versed about the present user requirements and demand for today’s IoT before the development so that the insights will open up a new direction for the future-web.