Times have changed. Both our professional and personal lives have upturned in the COVID-19 era. Technology has become the biggest facilitator in our lives now. The pandemic has broken several norms and people have now become more receptive to technology in their daily routine.
In the trying time of social distancing, people are trusting technology more than coming in close proximity to real people. Driverless cars, drone deliveries of online orders, and remote monitoring tools have become some of the major wishes of the global population. Schools and colleges have adopted the eLearning model full-time to enable learning continuity for students. OTT is also picking momentum. Micro retailers are now on eCommerce platforms and robots are executing last-mile deliveries.
From manufacturing to healthcare services, organizations are trying to leverage technology to innovate solutions to operate efficiently in the pandemic. COVID-19 has made the world more connected than ever with the highly intertwined and always connected networks.
Internet of Things (IoT) has connected users, processes, and data to deliver a seamless experience. As per Statista, the number of installed IoT devices at present is pegged at over 20 billion. The figures are expected to increase exponentially to 43 billion by 2023, as stated in a McKinsey report.
Hence, it has become crucial for businesses to address the gaps in IoT devices. However, traditional QA methods are not sufficient anymore to address the challenges of modern IoT devices. It has become imperative to embed testing in the primary stages of development; especially for devices undergoing continuous integration.
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Why do you need IoT testing?
IoT is all about real-time sharing of data and collaboration. Performance issues in any part can adversely affect the performance of the rest of the network. One node compromised from a cyberattack can cripple others too.
Robust IoT testing brings predictability to the system and prevents unexpected glitches. You can easily identify weak nodes of the network in advance and take appropriate measures to make the system reliable. It will enable in delivering a flawless customer experience to the end-user.
The vulnerability of IoT devices will help you in identifying the robustness of data privacy and digital security. In the absence of bullet-proof cybersecurity, hackers can alter the process or fudge the data by gaining control of the IoT network. Therefore, it is imperative to thoroughly test the IoT device before every update.
Aside, the fragmented character of the IoT ecosystem makes the testing even more complicated. For this, you need to have large and reliable testing groups equipped with multiple platforms and devices to enable greater compatibility among different channels.
Apart from that, to ensure that the IoT applications work as per expectations, here are a few other factors that need to be considered:
- Ensure a reliable connection of IoT devices with sensors, cloud, other IoT devices, and other elements required to facilitate a unified experience
- Make sure that the IoT is capable of delivering continuity
- Should be compliant with global regulations
- Work harmoniously and seamlessly with other interconnected IoT devices
- Data generated from the IoT should be safe from malware and other security vulnerabilities
Robust testing of IoT devices is the only efficient way to address the above-mentioned factors efficiently. The general QA approach in testing IoT devices is to have shorter testing periods to launch a reliable product with a faster time-to-market. Hence, it is essential to implement testing from the starting of the development phase to identify and rectify flaws at an early stage.