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IoT Testing Types: Best Practices Through Reliable Testing Strategies

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Companies use IoT capacities to stand out among competitors and to satisfy their users’ demands which become more sophisticated every day. The market develops dynamically and businesses need to adapt to those changes. Based on Statista, by 2020, IoT devices are expected to increase to 31B globally and by 2025 their number will cross 75.4B.

However, IoT testing is probably one of the most difficult things for software testing companies. It requires the huge base of physical equipment with deep experience from QAs side. They should have profound knowledge regarding smart devices, IoT systems, and IoT test environments.

At TestFort we check IoT software applying proven IoT testing tools and approaches, among which are compatibility, security, beta, usability, and performance testing types. They ensure IoT software offers perfect user experience and runs smoothly through a variety of smart devices and platforms.

Compatibility testing

Developing IoT software, it is important to understand that the applications of such kind will be running on innovative types of devices. Thus, compatibility testing should be a major priority to protect IoT software from vulnerabilities and system failures.

A testing team which works with IoT should possess a well-equipped testing laboratory tailored to the needs of IoT testing. If the team lacks this capacity, it is reasonable to address to QA providers with all the necessary pieces of equipment or take advantages of cloud environments. They allow testers to check applications on cloud servers which enable simulation of missing IoT devices.

Security Testing

Since IoT software requires a large amount of data for application to operate well, IoT security testing is essential for the development of a reliable testing strategy. It includes three main levels of testing.

  • Testing of IoT devices. It ensures that devices for which an IoT application is developed are protected from breaches related to APIs, authentication, updates, setting configurations, etc.  
  • Network Testing. It protects an IoT application from potential attacks on the network layer.
  • System Testing. It guarantees that user data is in a safe place and well-protected from leakage and hacking.

Having a well-developed IoT testing plan concerning the security of IoT applications, testers ensure that IoT software can store user data without unexpected issues and vulnerabilities. As a result, software with a high level of protection draws more attention from users and builds greater confidence.

Usability Testing

Usability testing makes IoT testing process more efficient and user-friendly. It ensures that the end-user will get an easy-to-use and intuitive software, where all graphic elements are on their places and are visually attractive. As a user receives data to IoT devices in real time, interfaces of IoT software should be manageable and informative. Testers need to pay a high attention if an IoT application is perceptive and configurable enough.

Since smart software differs in its specifications from that which is developed for the usual web, desktop, or mobile devices, this testing type plays a significant role in the general IoT testing strategy.

Performance Testing

Performance testing helps to test IoT applications for their speed within environments with large data loads. Testers can simulate large loads with the help of cloud platforms and also should create non-standard scenarios to check a program through sophisticated work conditions.

In most cases, an IoT performance strategy should include the following parameters:

  • Test cases that increase the number of devices from a few to a thousand or more;
  • Modeling the interaction of devices and IoT sensors;
  • Continuous simulation of data exchange between devices;
  • Notifications, requests, and responses are sent and received in a proper form, etc.

Performance testing requires a detailed test plan, practical and sophisticated test cases, and the high-priority status for performance issues from testers side.

Beta Testing

This testing type requires from testers the development of realistic scenarios for IoT testing. It helps them to simulate users behavior before the final version of IoT application and increase the chances of successful release. It also helps business owners to reduce costs of fixing bugs since the detected failures and usability issues have been caught during the beta testing stage.

Applying the above-mentioned IoT testing types, IoT software can be checked throughout all stages of its development. Finally, it will bring businesses maximum profit and benefits. A high-grade IoT product will be appreciated by users and can open new channels for companies growth. Contact us, we are ready to answer any of your questions regarding the IoT testing.

Read also:

Three Crucial Points of IoT Device Testing

Compatibility Testing: Excellent User Experience Through Various Types of Hardware

Why Real Device Testing Is Better Than Emulators

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