Connected, secure, and stable. IoT testing for smart devices.
As our connected devices become smarter and more widespread, the challenges of successfully developing them are increasing. They must be secure, compatible with a range of other devices, and meet a diverse range of customer expectations. All to ensure you’re always one step ahead of the competition.
“A very valuable result for us was that some testers could not connect the camera with the app. (…) Based on the test results we were able to fix such critical bugs before the product launch.”Read more
The sum of its parts
Creating smart devices that work perfectly in the real world
Connected, Internet of Everything devices are already impacting industries as diverse as agriculture, retail, education, healthcare, and many more. Devices can be worn on the body, connected to sensors in a factory machine, placed on a building to monitor vibrations. The breadth and scope of their use is unlimited. These disruptive and transformative technologies are increasingly expected to improve lives and optimize the productivity and ROI of many businesses. But meeting such expectations has its own challenges.
Especially when it comes to effectively operating in real-world conditions.Show more
Customers, whether a family wanting a smart home, a farmer wanting to remotely test soil quality, or a giant manufacturing plant installing sensors to detect mechanical faults, all have elevated expectations about the connected devices they use. That they are secure and protect confidential information. They are compatible with a range of devices and operating systems. That they meet ever-changing regulations. That bandwidths are maximized, and associated data transfer costs minimized.
A home user may be just concerned that their smart watch connects to their phone’s app, however, a larger business needs to know if your solution can integrate with their legacy systems yet keep pace with technological change.
Security, in particular, is essential. Especially for physical devices linked to digital solutions. Making sure that your device is bug-free can help minimize avenues of attack!
In addition, it’s important to determine how resistant the device is to failure. What environments and temperatures can it operate in? Can it connect without issues? Has it been sufficiently tested to work with a variety of routers and under various loads and bandwidths? It is vulnerable to physical damage or attack?
And this is all before you’ve even considered basis usability and the customer experience. Are interactions simple and straightforward? Is setup manual or automatic? Does the user interface make sense and is intuitive? Your product may do everything as it should but if the customer has trouble using it or is frustrated with various aspects, it may simply be discarded.
Being certain that your device works as intended in various environments with diverse users and multiple devices is extremely important.Show less
Crowdtesting helps streamline and optimize your testing
Outside of your lab, you need to be confident that your digital solution will work as intended. Thankfully, even with all variables at play, our crowdtesting services can help ensure it does – while giving you the confidence that your device’s usability and functionality can create a lasting and positive user experience.
This is our primary aim. To help you develop solutions that your customers will love.Show more
To achieve this, we make use of our ability to source from our 1,000,000+ crowdtesters in 193 countries to find the ideal fit for the devices that you want to test.
Each crowdtester can be closely compared to your customer’s profiles, which can include broad criteria, such as age, gender, marital status, and location, or more specific criteria including the model of car they drive, their proficiency with any given technology, their exact occupation, homeowners or renters, the devices and operating systems they use, fitness levels, height, weight, and much more. Virtually anything is possible.
They can also be matched to the businesses and clients that you do business with, where the crowdtesters can conduct detailed B2B testing. We also offer Bring-Your-Own-CrowdTM testing, where you can use your own employees, clients, partners, or customers to test your solutions – and we set everything up and run the testing for you.
Either way, they can then use your solution in real-world conditions and provide unbiased feedback on its functionality, usability, connectivity, and compatibility. And any other aspect you need tested – at any moment throughout the customer’s journey.
This is the greatest differentiator from in-house testing. Everything can be tested in the exact conditions you expect your product to be used – well before your actual customers receive them. This helps to ensure you can develop a truly seamless and consistent customer experience. It’s also a fundamental reason that world-leading device manufacturers partner with us to manage their complex IoT software testing issues.Show less
Smart Sensor Testing: Making the right connections
Installing any connected device into or onto a secondary machine, or connecting to a permanently installed device, comes with a variety of challenges. Not only does the device need to operate in a variety of conditions, but it must also seamlessly connect to any given app or other digital services.
These were the issues faced by two of our clients, one a leading manufacturer of hand-held power equipment and the other a multinational engineering and technology company.Show more
The first had developed an add-on device that would be permanently attached to a power tool and connected to their app. The device would then send specific data to the app and inform the user (or company) whether the tool required maintenance and/or was available for use. In addition, multiple connected tools could network and provide comprehensive information for all devices. Data would be sent to the app when it was near the tool and then synced with their online portal.
To help ensure their devices were able to consistently connect with their app, that the app’s interface was user-friendly, and that all data was collected and intuitively displayed, our testers conducted a range of tests, including a structured bug test, a regression test, and exploratory bug tests, which included answering questions about usability and the user experience.
Our second client gave us two tasks. The first was to test their online portal, and the second was to test their app for the connected sensor on their e-bike. Because the online portal provided access to numerous services to both businesses (for fleet management) and individual customers (to manage their various tools), comprehensive customer journey testing was essential. We also followed this up with bug testing, remote UX interviews with B2B testers, and multiple interviews regarding their website’s content with crowdtesters from multiple countries, including Germany, the USA, Canada, Mexico, and China.
For their e-bike solution, which connects to a variety of bike components, such as the battery, motor, and control unit, it was essential to test that all data sent from the device to the app was dependable and accurate. Especially because this also helped enable navigation and route planning, fitness tracking, and even the ability to lock the e-bike’s motor. Additionally, that the user interface of the app was clear, understandable, and could receive data from any location.
Crowdtesters had the flexibility and equipment to make all this possible.Show less
Smart home testing: Real places, real people
There’s little doubt that the huge boom in smart devices for the home is resulting in a huge range of different devices being developed. From ovens that can be managed via Amazon’s Alexa, to connected vacuums, kitchen implements, security systems, heating and cooling, lights, and much more.
This is where crowdsourcing truly comes into its own. With the range of different devices, apps, and online services and websites connecting with one-another, every home or business space takes on unique challenges. Then factor in the incredibly diverse range of people your device will be used by, all with a different language, culture, level of technical knowledge and internet access, and more.Show more
This makes it even more important to ensure that your device can work properly in their space and their conditions. For example, you may have tested your product in a modern, tech-filled home in a warm climate, such as Spain, but can you be sure it will also work in a 150-year-old home with solid brick (if not granite) walls and a basic internet connection in the middle of a German winter?
It’s these sorts of problems many of our clients present us when testing their smart home devices. For one client, that involved using 50 testers to check on functional and compatibility issues during each update of their connected cooking solution. As they’re well-established throughout Europe, this involved users from multiple countries, including Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom. Each tester then conducted 10 pre-determined use cases, where they logged bugs, defects, and compatibility issues while also reporting on the product’s software during their daily use.
Such real-world IoT device testing with a diverse group of testers, whether for a new solution or updates to an existing one, can quickly discover issues that could never been found with limited in-house testing.Show less
Smart industry testing: Perfecting the user experience
Knowing that your physical device works as intended is often only half the battle. That people can actually use it is the other. Especially when it comes to connected digital solutions. Is the digital application intuitive? Are instructions clear, relevant, and comprehensive? Does it enable users to do what they need to do?
This was the challenge for our client, a global technology leader, and their web application, which enabled the commissioning and maintenance of their electric drive technology solutions that are used across machine and plant engineering. Whether low voltage motors or those with the highest performance, the web app could help users control certain machines in their production lines.Show more
To ensure their web application did exactly as it was intended, and that all usability issues were noted and addressed, we utilized our exclusive Bring-Your-Own-Crowd™ IoT testing solution to select actual users of their products to test the new application.
To test the web application, 13 testers were selected from multiple countries (Germany, India, Italy, China, and the United Kingdom) to participate in 60-minute Remote Interview sessions as they worked their way through the app. At every step they were asked to ‘think out loud’ and comment on what they were seeing and as they walked through the setup of a motor for a specific device, such as a conveyor belt or pump application.
Through operation modes, setting limits, working out the digital input and output for I/O settings, and much more, each user provided feedback on functionality, usability, and the overall experience. Our client could then take our recommendations to fix specific issues and optimize their application – based on feedback from their very own users – before the system went live.
Regardless of the people you need, or the type of software testing you want, we can make it possible.Show less
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To ensure your devices, and the software running on them, consistently works as intended, our flexible and scalable crowdtesting services can make sure it’s ready to go the moment it’s needed. Whether it’s a device for home or office, a car or bike, something to be worn, or intended for industrial IoT use, our crowdtesters can help ensure it works as intended. If not better.
Real people, tangible results
Our crowdtesting services and consulting experience can help you fully understand your customer’s journey and help you develop connected solutions that match your customer’s needs clearly and understandably.
This is further enhanced by our crowdtesters who are chosen to closely match your customers and who use their own devices in real-world conditions. Ensuring that you can create the ideal user experience.
Build digital solutions that people will love
- Global community of over 1,000,000 users & 1,500,000 devices
- Cost-effectively optimize your product’s design and functionality
- Ensure that your digital solution works with a wide variety of technologies and hardware
- Hand-picked crowdtesters that match your customers