Smart Devices Put to Test – Software Testing in the Internet of Things
Light bulbs, toothbrushes, watches, and even toys: Nowadays, more and more everyday items are connected to the internet. However, the quality of these products often doesn’t match the customers’ expectations – therefore, testing smart devices before their launch is essential.
The question is: What needs to be considered when testing IoT systems?
- The lack of technological standards makes IoT systems prone to errors and security breaches. That’s why the interaction of the different components needs to be tested thoroughly.
- Smart devices need to provide real additional value for the users. You need to find out what your target group really wants, otherwise your product won’t succeed on the market.
- Reality check: Most bugs appear when customers use the product for the first time. Testing with real users helps to find the bugs before the launch.
- Keep it simple! Smart devices should make the life of the users easier, so usability is key in the Internet of Things.
Do you want to get more detailed insights in IoT testing? Read my full article here and find out how Deutsche Telekom and electronics manufacturer Assmann used crowdtesting to improve their IoT products.
About the author
Philipp Benkler is founder and CEO of the testing specialist Testbirds. He is responsible for sales as well as the fields of internationalization and quality assurance.
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Testbirds specialises in the testing of software such as apps, websites and Internet of Things applications by using innovative technologies and solutions. Under the slogan, “Testing Reality”, the company offers various testing methods to its clients looking to optimise the user-friendliness and functionality of their digital products. With over 250,000 registered testers located in 193 countries, Testbirds is one of the world’s leading crowdtesting providers. In addition, the IT service provider utilises cloud based technologies to support customers in the optimisation of their digital products. The combination of the two testing methods delivers a unique and extensive portfolio that takes the quality of software to the next level. Testbirds was founded in 2011 by Philipp Benkler, Georg Hansbauer and Markus Steinhauser. Today, the company has over 100 employees. Other than its headquarters in Munich, there are now offices in Amsterdam, London and Stockholm, franchises in Hungary and Russia and sales partners in Italy.
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