Article | July 31, 2019

Securing Smart Homes In The Growing Age Of IoT

By Ray Parker

Field Service Predicted To See M2M And IoT Growth

The Internet of Things (IoT) is taking over all areas of life. Whether we are using mobile devices, laptops or smart home automation, technology is used extensively across various devices via internet connectivity. The world is relatively more closely connected because of the shift to IoT. One of the wonders of IoT includes smart homes, which are prone to hacking attempts. Mostly, hackers attack a smart home when the internet connection is not secure or does not use a unique password for apps that control the devices. By 2022, 1.3 billion devices will be used in the smart home market. The market for smart home technology is increasing which means it is important for software testers to make these products and consumer information secure.

IoT represents the next industrial revolution where everything is connected via digital apps in the real world. As IoT evolves, devices will be using technologies like AI, making them vulnerable to cyber threats. According to research, by 2020 there will be 30.7 billion connected devices. This exponential increase in the IoT space will have an impact on how we test applications. IoT is taking back a wide range of industries including healthcare, supply chain, logistics networks, and smart home. These IoT powered apps are exciting for consumers but challenging for testers. Thus, an IoT software testing company has to work on making end-to-end software testing more reliable and efficient. 

Software testing solutions are ideal to test everything and anything associated with IoT. Most of the IoT software testing companies use the following techniques to ensure security across all connected devices:

Testing non-standard devices with any interface:

Software testers use a non-invasive model running on a different machine, that works best for testing any interface. 

Testing the critical UX:

Testers use advanced image and text recognition. Testing experts come up with flexible solutions that are optimal for testing the IoT UX. These also work perfectly for testing cross-device and end-to-end scenarios. Testers test everything regarding IoT and the UX, from functional to network performance, load and stress.

End-to-end software testing:

An IoT testing company has solutions that can connect back-end servers, software that can detect all connected devices, everything within a single test. 

The future of testing smart homes

Technology emerges in its best form by giving smart homes with personalized customer experience. In this digital era, quality is the key to success that is connected with customer experience, technology, and business processes. User experience and satisfaction help in making a profitable business. Quality in home automation is important for IoT success. Connecting IoT with home automation devices is essential to make smart homes operational and convenient. This means that apps managing these devices need to be tested for performance, functionality, and security. Quality plays a crucial role in the future of the smart home system. Testers face challenges in IoT testing and their demands change at a rapid pace, calling for testers to adopt new methods of software testing to keep up with this change. 

Author Bio:

Ray Parker is a senior marketing consultant with a knack for writing about the latest news in tech, quality assurance, software development and travel. With a decade of experience working in the tech industry, Ray now dabbles out of his New York office.