Testing Solutions for Internet of Things

The Internet of Things (IoT) refers to the interconnection of uniquely identifiable embedded computing like devices with the existing Internet infrastructure. With Internet of Things (IoT) coming into prevalence the world is becoming increasingly connected and companies providing IoT testing services are emerging. From security systems, appliances, other emerging connected devices to the mobile apps are moving beyond computers, tablets and smartphones to just about every connected devices we can imagine.

Users don’t care why your product has failed in the connected chain and with time users will become more accustomed to connected devices and the Internet of Things (IoT), they’ll expect the new technologies to work flawlessly from the inception. The companies that focus on quality will ultimately be the brands that win. And IoT products testing will be the game changer.

A comprehensive QA(Quality Assurance) strategy is required to cover the depth and breadth of IoT testing. Our strategy includes the types of testing, Test Lab setup, testing tools and simulators that should be deployed. We split IoT test areas into two layers, as described below.

The Device Interaction Layer:

This layer is where the software and the hardware components of a real-time IoT environment interact. One typical example is a Bluetooth device transmitting real-time data to a mobile device app. Many a times, lot of interaction testing occurs on the functional side of QA. However, other types of testing could also be required. The following are the broad types of other required elements, in addition to typical software testing:

  1. Conformance with Standards
  2. Interoperability
  3. Security
  • Data Protection
  • Identity and Authentication
  • Data Encryption.
  • Storage Data Security in Local and Remote Clouds.

The User Interaction Layer:

This layer is the touch point between the Things and the users. The success of the overall system depends on the user receiving a seamless experience. Key testing areas in this layer include:

  • Network Capability and Device Level Tests
  • The IoT Services and Back-end IoT Environment

Our IoT Testing Services

Test Strategy
An end-to-end QA strategy covering a diverse set of embedded devices, web applications, testing types and methodologies, test environment set up, use of tools and simulators etc.. would be needed.

Usability Testing
With a multitude of devices of different shapes and form factors, expectations and perceptions vary from one user to the other. Thus, Usability and User experience testing becomes crucial.

Compatibility Testing
Due to a plethora of devices, sensors, protocols and platforms, the various possible combinations are huge. As a result, Compatibility testing involving a comprehensive test matrix is key.

Reliability and Scalability Testing
Building a test environment involving simulation of sensors, for reliability and scalability, by leveraging Virtualization tools and technologies.

Data Integrity Testing
The collection of large quantities of data and its application mandates data integrity testing.

Security testing
With an enormous number of users accessing a massive amount of data, testing for User authentication, data privacy and encryption, and access, is imperative.