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IoT Testing for Home Automation: A Case Study

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 IoT Testing for Home Automation: A Case Study - IoT ONE Case Study
Technology Category
  • Robots - Wheeled Robots
Applicable Industries
  • Consumer Goods
  • National Security & Defense
Applicable Functions
  • Quality Assurance
Use Cases
  • Experimentation Automation
  • Leasing Finance Automation
Services
  • Hardware Design & Engineering Services
  • Testing & Certification
The Challenge
The client, a leading consumer products company and a member of the Russell 1000 Index, was an emerging player in the home automation space. They offered electronic keyless entry locks for residential use, with home automation applications that enabled users to control lighting and security systems. The challenge was to ensure that the hardware and software of these IoT products worked seamlessly, with the security and performance of the IoT environment guaranteed. The client wanted to ensure that new features in the home automation platform were thoroughly tested before launch. This included QA for Wi-Fi door locks (software and firmware), interoperability testing, multi-country (localization) testing, automation of the Regression Suite (web/mobile/API), and performance and security auditing. The multiple scenarios that needed to be tested and the frequency of releases necessitated a move towards test automation.
The Customer

Leading consumer products company and a member of the Russell 1000 Index

About The Customer
The customer is a leading consumer products company and a member of the Russell 1000 Index. They offer a broad portfolio of market-leading brands that include products such as home appliances, residential locksets, and builders’ hardware. The client is an emerging player in the home automation space, offering electronic keyless entry locks for residential use. The home automation applications enable users to control lighting and security systems. They were looking to ensure that new features in their home automation platform were thoroughly tested before launch.
The Solution
The solution involved partnering with the client for manual and automation testing of IoT products, which comprised mobile, web, and backend services. The team designed the wireframes after reconciliation, analysis, and documentation of requirements. Once the wireframes were finalized, test and use cases were created in the test management tool, TestLink. This served as the primary reference document for testers, developers, and business users. During this phase, the test strategy was also defined. Automation was used to cover areas that were difficult to test manually considering different combinations possible. This significantly reduced the large testing cycle of the smart lock applications. The team also utilized Selenium, an open-source test automation tool, to save considerable costs.
Operational Impact
  • The implementation of the solution resulted in superior quality and stability of products. The automation covered areas that were difficult to test manually, considering the different combinations possible. This significantly reduced the large testing cycle of the smart lock applications. The use of Selenium, an open-source test automation tool, also saved considerable costs. The test and use cases created in the test management tool, TestLink, served as the primary reference document for testers, developers, and business users, ensuring a smooth testing process.
Quantitative Benefit
  • Automation reduced the testing cycle by 40% per release
  • Reduced time and cost as a result of reusable automation test scripts for multi-language supported web and mobile applications
  • Saved considerable costs by utilizing Selenium, an open-source test automation tool

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