Analyst firm Gartner estimates that by 2020 there will be over 20 Billion devices connected to the internet, and some predict it will soar to as many as 100 Billion. Whatever the final number, it means our world is rapidly changing. And while these billions of devices will be used for many different things, one thing is common – the high expectations businesses, governments and consumers all have for their connected devices to work properly. We are all put at high risk if critical devices like those supporting security, health or transportation fail, and from a usability standpoint, consumers have become accustomed to a seamless user experience. Company brands are on the line to ensure they deliver usable, secure and reliable Internet of Things (IoT) devices.

Reliability and security will remain critical for the continued growth of the IoT. Most wireless service providers understand this need and already have facilities and/or partners that provide accurate and reliable testing their mobile devices, but the IoT has opened the door to a whole new world of manufacturers and connected ‘things’ that go beyond mobile handsets and tablets. Thousands of previously unconnected devices will now include embedded chipsets and modules that connect to the internet to run critical health applications, energy services and even connected car and transportation systems. These all require rigorous testing to ensure they will work reliably in all environments, applications and connectivity scenarios.

But testing and certification is becoming an onerous task for service providers and manufacturers alike as complexity increases with so many more devices, connections, applications, and partners within the connected ecosystem. Changing regulations and developing guidelines for IoT device testing makes it difficult for manufacturers to stay up to date with the latest techniques and best practices. There is also increased pressure for speed to market. For some manufacturers, device testing has become a barrier to getting projects completed on time and on budget.

Testing for IoT success is not just about testing the actual device but testing usability, connectivity and security. The very nature of the IoT means that all of the pieces must work together in order to perform correctly. Accurate testing requires that devices work not just in a lab environment, but in rigorous field tests as well.

AIRCOM Labs is helping manufacturers overcome testing challenges and reduce time to market in a cost-effective way with its state-of-the-art lab and field IoT device testing services. AIRCOM Labs highly trained experts guide manufacturers through certification using the latest tools and procedures.   AIRCOM Labs is an accredited AT&T 10776 third-party Approved Vendor Lab and its field testing uses proven testing methods to validate 2G, 3G, 4G, & LTE mobile devices in live networks.

As the IoT grows and develops, so will the complexity and requirements for IoT device testing. The experts at AIRCOM Labs continue to stay up to date with the latest testing practices, methodologies and tools to provide the highest quality for device testing assurance.

Watch our latest video to learn why leading manufacturers choose AIRCOM Labs as their trusted partner for IoT testing success.