Sogeti launches a new book today called the “IoTMap – Testing in an IoT environment” and has been written by Sogeti Labs authors Tom van de Ven (Sogeti NL), Jaap Bloem and Jean-Pascal Duniau (Sogeti High Tech).
The Internet of Things (IoT) gives us solutions made of a mix of expertise such as High Tech “Things”, mobile solutions and business intelligence. Not only do we need a wide range of test expertise for IoT testing but with “Things” we introduce sensors, actors, electronics and other hardware to the test scope. “IoTMap” gives insight in testing an Internet of Things solution.
Setting up an IoT test approach is explained in five clear steps. Using a simple IoT model, each step is described and put into IoT context. The authors put existing building blocks from the TMap Suite in IoT perspective and added some new ones. The book gives you all the handles you need to cope with the trend that less functional testing is asked and more “IoT-experience-testing” needs to be put in place.
An exciting future
Mapping out the Internet of Things is essentially a matter of testing. Take Google’s self-driving car. The vehicles have travelled a few million miles since the project started in 2009 but every day they drive twice as far in the lab. Before the rubber of new software hits the road, every single change is thoroughly tested in the simulator by virtually driving the total mileage history of the fleet. Autonomously and manually that is!
You may think this is typical of today’s nascent state the Internet of Things is in but continuously checking behavior and delivering software updates is already the norm during the entire life cycle of systems. From thermostats to smartwatches, turbines, toothbrushes, connected cars, and complete production plants. IoT simply means automation to the max.
The road to success for Internet of Things applications and systems is paved with continuous testing. That much is clear. IDC estimates there are currently 13 billion connected things. Over forty percent of worldwide IoT revenue currently comes from manufacturing, transportation, smart cities, and consumer applications. This is gradually changing.
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