IoT (Internet of Things)

The Internet of Things (IoT) refers to the interconnection of uniquely identifiable embedded computing like devices with the existing Internet infrastructure. IoT is the next eviolution of the internet taking a huge leap with its ability to extract, analyze and share data.
RFID’s, microcontrollers and other sensor technologies backtrack to the roots of IoT. 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.
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:
  • Conformance with Standards
  • Interoperability
  • Security
  • Identity and Authentication
  • Data Protection
  • 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