APIs (Application Programming Interface) might sound tough and maybe even fell like they’ll be a difficult and painful implementation, but the fact is that APIs are nothing new. Neither is IoT. Both can be simple to understand and the combination of APIs and IoT is something beautiful. Let me tell you why.
The development and management of APIs is crucial in the world of IoT. IoT is a complex market with many different agents/players, with each one responsible for a specific part of the value chain. Thanks to APIs each of these blocks can be easily integrated – if you have the knowledge.
Setting up APIs helps companies grow more quickly by integrating disparate systems. They allow all communications between the device and the rest of the ecosystem to be performed in an automated way: the devices are connected and communicate, and you can manage the entire lifecycle.
So, why should you care about APIs?
Most developers have come across APIs in their work, and if you do work with them, you already know how important they are. But for those who haven’t worked with them, the question might be, ‘What are APIs, why are they important – and why are they important to IoT?”
To put it simply, APIs are a set of requirements that determine how applications speak to one another. They’ve been around for years and if you have a computer or smartphone or tablet, it’s APIs that make is possible for information to be transferred between programs, such as copying and pasting from one application to another.