Testing IoT for performance

The Internet of Things (IoT) has expanded its reach and become more inclusive over the past few years, including common household items and appliances in its realm. However, software testers may only adapt to the rapidly evolving IoT environment by receiving training.

IoT devices are those that are connected to a server. Performance testing the IoT, mainly comes down to thoroughly examining the internal processing between devices and the network infrastructure because the general usage pattern differs significantly from that of mobile devices. Performance testers will face a variety of new challenges as a result of IoT.

IoT performance testing challenges

Greater complexity will present testers with their most formidable obstacle. It’s essential to keep track of all the new hardware connected to the network (smartphones, refrigerators, ACs, etc.) Therefore, finding a way to capture messages between the many connected objects is a task. Although a performance and load tester may be accustomed to monitoring traffic from web browsers, mobile devices, etc., testing novel objects that do not permit configuration changes may be problematic.

Testers must consider variables like latency, network capacity and load while evaluating web and mobile applications. Such issues can have a far more severe impact on the IoT. Different usage scenarios add even another challenge. A carefully considered testing method is required to consider the many difficulties encountered.

How to approach performance testing IoT?

Setting test case priorities is a wise strategy for overcoming the abovementioned difficulties. Identifying key areas that demand the most testing time is best because testers are not required to test everything. Performance problems may not significantly impact a brand’s income or reputation in some company processes, but they could be disastrous in others. Here are two distinct scenarios used to demonstrate this:

For example, an application might be embedded inside a heater to continuously feed the server with information. This information could be on its many properties to give a quick overview of its service life and performance over time. The failure of the server to receive data bits at some point has no impact on your business. However, consider an assembly line where every machine communicates with one another. In that case, a loss of data at any point could result in significant delays in the production line and significantly impact the company’s income stream.

Performance testing is essential for the latter scenario. The testers’ primary goal should be to ensure that the computers can handle any load and that messages are transmitted in real-time. Additionally, one should be able to track device system data and gauge response times between various network tiers.


Establishing and implementing an IoT testing plan with care and strategy is the most effective technique to guarantee an application’s performance. However, performance testing of the IoT is gradually taking over society. Integrating IoT into your company will help to thrive if you apply the above-mentioned method while performing performance testing.

The article was authored by Bahaa Al Zubaidi and has been published by the editorial board of the Identity Herald. For more information please visit www.techdomainnews.com.

Contact Us