The introduction of a wide range of products into the IoT market has created a slew of new obstacles for IoT research. To meet quality requirements and ensure a smooth process, Quality Assurance teams must implement a robust test management strategy.
FREMONT, CA:The Internet of Things (IoT) has allowed more and more devices to communicate remotely over networks, ranging from home appliances and cars to medical equipment. Naturally, the growing market for IoT devices is expected to expand IoT testing as well.
When consumers become more accustomed to connected devices, they will come to expect flawless operation with no downtime. Network access or battery life issues have the potential to sink even the most enterprising IoT startups. Businesses that prioritize timely innovation and rigorous IoT research are more likely to outperform their competitors and emerge as winners.
[vendor_logo_first]The introduction of a wide range of products into the IoT market has created a slew of new obstacles for IoT research. To meet quality requirements and ensure a smooth process, Quality Assurance teams must implement a robust test management strategy.
Challenges in IoT Testing
Many IoT Platforms: Each IoT device contains hardware and software that work together to connect to other IoT devices. Then there are different types of computer hardware and software, which are further complicated by different versions of firmware and operating systems. For most manufacturers, this means that testing any possible combination is completely impractical. It is difficult to determine which combinations to assess.
Multiple Communication Protocols: There are numerous IoT communication protocols that connect with controllers and connect one system to another. These include –
– Extensible Messaging and Presence Protocol (XMPP)
– Message Queuing Telemetry Transport (MQTT)
– Constrained Application Protocol (CoAP)
Protocol has its own area of expertise, and each has advantages and disadvantages. MQTT is widely used because it works well in high-latency and low-bandwidth settings. In order to allow software interaction with the system, an API layer is typically added on top of the transport protocol.
Device Diversity: The growing variety of IoT devices, software, APIs, and protocols necessitates incisive testing abilities. A thorough understanding of the design, as well as the proper configuration of test subjects, are important for testers.
Vulnerabilities: When it comes to security, IoT devices have a high risk of vulnerability. As a result, IoT test case designs must account for and test for situations with varying probabilities. Automation checks, for example, must account for access after a password change, and system testers must ensure minimum password policy requirements.