October 15, 2017 - 270 views|
As smart devices become more interconnected, automated testing bots such as TEBOT will be increasingly essential for the IoT-driven future.
As consumers increasingly rely on intelligent devices – home security systems, connected cars, fitness bands, patient monitoring systems and more – businesses must ensure the robustness of their digital solutions, both on a standalone basis as well as how these solutions interact with other devices, apps and systems.
Traditional testing methods aren’t up to these tasks, particularly as sophisticated smart devices increasingly operate within an ecosystem. For instance, many home security users begin by interacting with just a few sensors and monitoring only the alerts on the display. As their fluency increases, they might begin controlling the system through their mobile phone or desktop and even through a digital assistant like Amazon’s Alexa or Google Home.
Additionally, with continuous advances in hardware, software, wireless protocols and mobile OS versions, smart device ecosystems are exploding with numerous combinations, demanding significant time and effort to ensure interoperability.
Testing all these variations and interactions is not possible with traditional testing methods, which are manual, expensive and time-consuming. Without automation, product affordability suffers, and time to market is too slow to keep up with required digital innovation speeds.
Enter TEBOT, a personalized testing robot we developed to accelerate the quality assurance (QA) process of smart devices. Here are some of the capabilities of this automated testing solution:
In all these cases, no human interaction is required to test interoperability conditions across various versions of the smart device and mobile OS versions. Driven by APIs, TEBOT accelerates smart device certification by automating hardware and software components of the ecosystem. Its API-based architecture also enables TEBOT to be seamlessly integrated with automation tools such as Micro Focus’s Unified Functional Testing, WorkSoft, Selenium and more to enable end-to-end automation of IoT use cases.
At our IoT QA Lab, we’re working with multiple clients to certify smart devices in shorter timeframes and at lower cost. For instance, a leading U.S. telecommunications company used TEBOT to reduce costs by 52% and launch new products three times faster.
As smart devices become more interconnected and intelligent ecosystems grow, automated testing will only become more important. Automated testing bots like TEBOT will be essential to the ongoing evolution of the IoT-driven future.
Subbiah Muthiah, Director in Cognizant's QE&A Practice, contributed to this blog.