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How Testing for the Internet of Things can Boost your Business

  • 24/08/2015
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This post is by EuroSTAR exhibitors Cigniti Technologies.

Connectivity today, is no longer limited to hi-tech gadgets or computers, smart phones and tabs. It can extend to even the most mundane of devices you use in your everyday life. Sensors have made it possible today for any and every device to become part of the diaspora called the Internet of Things.
With greater connectivity comes the challenge of maintaining quality. Quality in this framework is all about collecting and reporting accurate data. With IoT seeing a massive growth spurt (experts estimate that the IoT will consist of almost 50 billion objects by 2020), testing has to expand its horizons to take into account the various ways we are using this technology.

Automation

Due to the diverse scenarios that need to be tested, the interoperability of devices and the fact that most IoT devices are mission critical in nature requiring high code coverage, automation becomes a necessity. With simulators, you can easily mimic the network of nodes inherent to IoT that cuts down the hardware costs.

Usability Testing

Usability testing is very important in IoT as displays and buttons/controls are generally small. Look for a minimalistic design which still meets the need of the user to quickly and comfortably operate the device in the intended manner. IoT apps have to adapt to a variety of devices and OS. It might be virtually impossible to test the app on every hardware/OS combinations. Thus, it makes sense to get a prototype and real world usage data to decide which devices are mostly using the app and focus your testing on them.

Performance Testing

Performance mainly depends on the reliability of the internet connection at the user end. It is important to verify that data will be detected and stored correctly in the event of a sudden disruption in service. Performance under different conditions of usage need to be verified – what happens when network bandwidth is low or data is being saved and transmitted at a rapid pace or there are too many devices hooked to a network?

Security Testing

Weak password rules, weak or missing data encryption, etc. make the IoT network susceptible to data breach attempts. You do not want people hacking into your home security system, or critical life support machines or listening to important financial data your smart phone is transmitting. In businesses that rely on IoT for their critical processes, a malicious attack can cause havoc. Sufficient security and penetration testing is an absolute necessity.

Get ready for IoT

It’s an expert estimation that IoT will have an economic impact of $19 Trillion by 2020. Can your enterprise afford to be left behind?
To know more on how Cigniti can help you with your testing, write to us at [email protected]

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Cigniti Technologies Limited (BSE: 534758) (www.cigniti.com), Global Leaders in Independent Software Testing (IST) Services, with a team of 1800+ people is spread across US, UK, India, Australia, and Canada. Cigniti, the world’s first CMMI SVC1.3 rated IST Services Company, is also ISO 9001:2008 & ISO 27001:2013 certified. Leading Analysts like Gartner, Forrester, NelsonHall, and Everest along with Forbes, Frost & Sullivan recognize Cigniti as a leader in the independent software testing services space.

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