By far, WiFi is one of the most widely used technologies in the world today. It’s a people technology, and our dependence on the same is beyond addictive. We find its use in anything from emails, to the internet, smartphones, TV sets, and across a variety of public spots – airports, cafes, and more – even. Over the years, continuous development has helped keep the technology relevant and up to date.
And as is the case with all forms of technology, the innovation around WiFi has been rapid. But there’s a key function that factors into innovative success for any technology, and that includes the wireless kind as well. It’s called testing
Why bother? Well, it adds to the user experience. And what’s technology without the associated user experience? For companies worldwide, the WiFi Alliance stands as a visionary goal for those seeking a seal of approval behind innovative endeavours with WiFi technology. Their certification, for instance, acknowledges a product for having met the industry standards of security, interoperability, and a wide range of application specific protocols.
For the sake of brevity, however, we’ll limit the literature present to two of the most important factors behind a successful WiFi-based innovation.
In the pre-digital era, people depended on communication amongst each other. An organization, for example, thrived through smart and seamless communication between departments and teams. But in the digitally disruptive world of today, system and device collaboration factors in as an equally important aspect for success.
Interoperability speaks to a device or product’s ability to communicate with other devices for a seamless user experience. It isn’t enough to have a driverless car; what’s important is allowing users access to hiring the car remotely via a smart device, boarding, exiting, and having the user device settle the bill from your electronic wallet without human intervention – a seamless, effortless experience.
For any type of innovation, it’s important to ascertain factors such as resource usage, reliability, and scalability. Performance testing is all about assessing component, device or technology performance given a specific situation. It’s a superset to stress testing, scalability testing, load testing, volume testing, and more.
A system or technology must be able to operate under various real-world scenarios, and a battery of tests replicating the same is essential for innovative success.
Let’s take a quick look to understand some of the more important subsets under performance testing:
- Load TestingInterchangeably referred to as volume or endurance testing, load testing works by increasing system load until threshold at a steady pace. While this determines maximum load for acceptable performance, a system is also often fed with an empty task to determine behaviour for a zero-load situation.
- Stress TestingThis method of testing evaluates system behaviour beyond peak or normal conditions. Some variations include negative testing – removal of components to assess performance – or fatigue testing – testing beyond bandwidth capacity. Either way, the methodology determines the point of failure for a system, and is intentioned to understand rate of recovery as well.
Other facets around stress testing also include spike testing, which covers the behavioural analysis of a system experiencing a sudden increase in utilization, and a soak test to determine system behaviour through a gentler increase in utilization.
WiFi Testing: Manual, Automated or a Combination of Both?
Large and complex technologies require significant investment in testing to ensure business success – time, costs, staff resources, and more. Often, the cost of testing increases the overall scope of the development process. Factor in the feedback cycle, and it becomes rather herculean as a task. But that’s a problem limited to the manual testing process.
At GlobalEdge, for example, our customers have exceedingly succeeded with their innovative efforts with the use our intricately developed lab infrastructure. This meant reduced time, effort, and peoplepower through intelligent software frameworks and test management. Organizations could now rely on faster test cycles and accelerate their time-to-market.
But. How was this made possible?
The simple recipe was in using an accurate and automated testing facility in combination with peoplepower. Customers have also utilized our pre-certification programs to ascertain technological robustness before the WiFi certification process, with unique pre-certifications for several industry standards. Always remember, tested products have a higher rate of acceptance into market. Bridge that gap, because your technology and innovation is your brand. And what’s a brand that doesn’t deliver the promise-land of customer experience?
About the Author
Sudhananda leads the Lab as a Service practice at GlobalEdge Software Ltd. He can be reached at email@example.com