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A Guidance Framework for Testing IoT Solutions

Published: 05 March 2018


IoT solution problems and failures lead to dire consequences. Technical professionals are challenged to test these applications due to immature tool support and diversity in hardware and software. This report outlines key steps and priorities to overcome these testing challenges in IoT solutions.

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  • Step 1: Create Tests for IoT Endpoints
    • Device Sensors, Functions and Features
    • Real Devices and Variability
    • Understand Your Device Contracts
  • Step 2: Create Tests for Communication Layers
    • Identity
    • Audit Trails
  • Step 3: Create Tests for Simulation Scenarios
    • Simulating Devices
    • The Future IoT Testing: Promise of Digital Twins
    • Service Virtualization
  • Step 4: Create Tests to Validate Aggregated Data
  • Postwork: Report and Refine
  • It's Difficult to Gain Access to Real Devices
  • It's Difficult or Impossible to Replicate Unusual Scenarios
  • Your Device Contracts Can't Accurately Be Tested By Simulation
  • Your Edge Environment Is Diverse, Posing Compatibility Issues


Sean Kenefick

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