The need for testing Internet of Things (IoT)Posted on: 4:13 pm on 19/12/2016
The Internet of Things (IoT) is turning into an inexorably developing subject of discussion both in the workplace and outside of it. It is a notion that can not only affect how we live but also how we function. Having said this, let’s understand what exactly is the Internet of Things and what influence does it have on people.
There are many complexities around IoT, and hence we need to understand the basic premise on which it functions/operates. There are many specialized and technical discussions happening around the world, and people are slowly grasping the nuances around IoT.
The idea of IoT was presented and reported in mid-1999 by Kevin Ashton. IoT is the network of physical gadgets or devices that are installed with actuators, sensors, and customized programming, building connectivity for trading information with the operator, manufacturer, and other associated devices. These IoT-empowered devices report to the web in a dual-enabled mode to transmit particular data to backend systems whenever required.
With sensors installed all over, the world is turning out to be progressively connected. With sensors progressively connecting all physical devices and applications, there is an increased need to revamp the traditional testing approach. The IoT is about reporting real-time data, permitting users to make quick, informed decisions.
To ensure that your apps and devices stand up to the real-time scenarios, it is important to move part of your testing into the real world with poor connectivity and less than normal conditions established. This will ensure the level of quality regardless of what they are put through.
The IoT has enabled enterprises to build various smart and connected applications to reinforce multiple dimensions of customer retention and engagements. The number of connected things are set to explode and expected to reach around 50 billion by 2020. Owing to these advancements in the IoT, smart and connected solutions will soon be enabling enterprises to use software to monitor real-world experiences of the customers.
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Challenges involved with validation of smart and connected IoT solutions
With the unique characteristics of IoT applications, multiple challenges are involved with their validation, some of which are listed here:
– Real-time responsiveness and complex use cases
– Performance requirements for local processing, high accessibility, and rapid response
– Data privacy and security
– Support for velocity, data volume, and veracity
– Constant user experience across multiple channels
How is TestingXperts addressing these challenges?
TestingXperts’ comprehensive QA strategy can handle the unique requirements and challenges associated with validating IoT set-up. Our test solution includes a combination of tests including tools, frameworks, and devices. Our extensive test framework provides capabilities required to perform load simulation, security verification, and functional validation. Furthermore, our in-house test automation solution ‘Tx-Automate’ is combined with simulators and can enable end to end rigorous automation.