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Quality Assurance

Comprehensive Test Plan

At needCode, our Comprehensive Test Plan serves as the backbone of quality assurance for IoT and embedded systems. We implement a robust, holistic approach that extends from the micro-level of individual components to the macro-level of entire system integration. By focusing on key areas like system integration, performance, security, compatibility, and user experience, we ensure your product not only meets but exceeds industry standards.

  • System Integration Testing: This is where we connect the dots. At needCode, system integration testing isn’t just about ensuring each part works but about guaranteeing all parts work together in harmony. We meticulously test devices, communication protocols, and cloud integrations under conditions that mimic real-world scenarios to ascertain seamless system operations.
  • Performance and Load Testing: In the hyper-connected world, your systems need to be both robust and scalable. Our performance and load tests simulate varying conditions, from regular operation to peak user interaction, to identify potential bottlenecks. The goal is to ensure your system can handle stress without any degradation in performance.
  • Security Penetration Testing: Security isn’t a feature; it’s a necessity. Our security penetration tests are designed to fortify your IoT and embedded systems against various vulnerabilities. By simulating real-world attacks, we gauge the effectiveness of existing security measures and identify areas that need reinforcement.
  • Compatibility and Interoperability Testing: In an age where diversity in devices and software is the norm, compatibility cannot be compromised. We conduct tests to ensure your IoT devices and software components can smoothly integrate and operate within various ecosystems without hitches.
  • Usability and User Experience Testing: The human element is vital in the realm of IoT and embedded systems. Our usability and user experience tests involve real-world user interaction, aiming to evaluate and refine the intuitiveness and responsiveness of the user interface.

Automated Testing

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Automated testing is a crucial element in ensuring the robustness of embedded, IoT, mobile, and web applications. At needCode, we elevate the process with our Hardware-In-the-Loop (HIL) Automated Testing service. This approach is comprehensive, incorporating both software and hardware components into a real-world, real-time testing environment.

Our HIL framework isn’t limited to just embedded systems; it’s equally effective for testing mobile and web applications. Whether it’s an Android or iOS app, or a complex web interface, our HIL testing can simulate intricate user interactions and backend processes, providing a full-circle validation.

This technique shines particularly when testing the interplay of hardware-software interactions, capturing complexities such as latency, data transfer, or unexpected hardware issues that can occur in real-world scenarios. The comprehensive nature of HIL Automated Testing minimizes risks associated with hardware faults or software bugs, reducing the likelihood of costly revisions and production delays.

Automating these nuanced tests also leads to efficiency gains. By expediting repetitive, labor-intensive testing tasks, we accelerate the testing phase, enabling quicker time-to-market and optimizing resource allocation.

In summary, our Hardware-In-the-Loop Automated Testing is a robust and versatile service that ensures your embedded systems, as well as your mobile and web applications, are rigorously tested and primed for reliable, real-world deployment.

CI/CD Pipeline Management

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Leveraging industry-standard tools like Jenkins and GitLab, needCode offers a streamlined Continuous Integration and Continuous Deployment (CI/CD) service that seamlessly manages automated tests and release procedures.

Our CI/CD pipelines are specifically designed to integrate with your existing IoT and embedded systems, ensuring that code changes are automatically tested and deployed in a secure and efficient manner.

With Jenkins and GitLab, we facilitate an end-to-end automation framework that triggers a battery of tests as soon as code is pushed to the repository, allowing us to catch issues early and expedite the development cycle.

Automated tests, including those conducted in a Hardware-In-the-Loop (HIL) environment, are incorporated into the CI/CD pipeline, ensuring that both software and hardware components undergo rigorous testing. Upon successful test completion, the pipeline automates the release process, deploying updates in a manner consistent with best practices.

Our CI/CD management not only automates routine tasks but also instills a culture of continuous improvement within the development process. This service enhances project transparency, minimizes errors, and allows for quick iterations, ultimately ensuring that your product is robust, up-to-date, and market-ready.

Hardware Pool Management for CI/CD

At needCode, we understand the complexities involved in continuously testing hardware-dependent systems. That’s why we offer flexible solutions for building and maintaining hardware pools, essential for effective CI/CD pipeline management. These pools enable automated test plans to be executed on real hardware in a scalable and parallelized manner.

We create a dedicated pool of hardware resources tailored to your specific IoT and embedded systems. These pools are configured to interface seamlessly with Jenkins or GitLab CI/CD pipelines.

When code is pushed or a new build is generated, tests are conducted not only on virtual environments but also on actual hardware setups, thereby increasing confidence in system reliability and performance.

As for hosting, we offer two convenient options.

  • You can choose to have the hardware pool located at our facility, where we provide daily maintenance to ensure optimal performance.
  • Alternatively, the hardware pool can be hosted on your premises, allowing you tighter control over the testing environment.

This comprehensive approach to hardware pool management ensures thorough real-world testing, reducing the risk of hardware-specific bugs or compatibility issues. It guarantees that your products are not just theoretically sound, but operationally reliable.

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