While connected products can offer tremendous benefits to both end-users and manufacturers, adding connectivity to devices is no easy task. The market has already witnessed some high profile failures of Internet of Things (IoT) devices, illustrating the importance of proper testing. It is essential to implement a robust regression testing process that covers not only the device but the interaction with the cloud and mobile apps as well, to ensure the product is functioning as intended. As an example of why this is important, many IoT platforms feature over-the-air (OTA) updates, which enable manufacturers to upgrade firmware in devices remotely. If this feature isn’t properly tested, upgrades can disable device and interrupt service for end users, causing dissatisfaction, affecting customer loyalty and, ultimately, impact revenue.
The reality is that many manufacturers are not prepared to address all of the complexities involved with adding connectivity to their products. Selecting a mature IoT platform can help manufacturers address these challenges, lowering development costs and reducing time to market.
Ayla Networks currently support 17 different connectivity modules and two serial interfaces for each, which makes 34 various combinations. Each connectivity module has to be validated by about 1,000 test cases, which means 34,000 tests for a full release. Without automation, this task would be impossible. Facing such staggering numbers, it’s critical that members of the QA team be developer-grade programmers, capable of writing complicated and reliable test scripts, and enabling test hooks in the software. Let Ayla provide you with the secure, scalable and extensible platform to take your connected products to market.
The typical IoT platform consists of three main system components:
A proper QA process implemented by the IoT platform provider ensures the characteristics of a high-quality product: reliability, performance and visibility. However, to enable QA testing, the IoT platform should provide visibility into the network traffic at all system levels. Platform providers that implement comprehensive QA testing including this multi-level traffic, and use analysis, can provide visibility into potential product issues, allowing easy maintenance and painless device updates.
Contemporary and agile IoT platforms are complex, scalable, and high-performance systems that require a sophisticated QA process, grounded in automated testing. Ayla’s agile IoT platform abstracts the complexities of developing connected devices, so you can focus on what you do best. Ayla is solving the Internet of Things so you don’t have to!