When Exposed To IoT, Big Iron ATE Will Rust

It’s up to test engineers to ensure smart devices function safely and reliably, and to do that in the most cost-effective way.


When the first “smart” refrigerators were released in the early 2000s, consumers weren’t sure what to do with them. When Nest released the smart thermostat, though, a revolution happened. Humans were taken out of the loop because the thermostat learned on its own about desired temperature and how quickly it could cool or heat a house. And it could synchronize all of this better than a human could schedule it. Consumers began to understand what a smart device could do. Though creating smart devices is left to inventors and designers, the test engineer must ensure that they function safely and reliably while meeting the requirements of a disruptive business model.

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