20 Jun

Remote Telematics Solutions Overview

Remote Telematics Solutions Overview

Telematics-Solutions-OverviewRemote telematics solutions are generally systems that are installed in an automobile.

Telematics solutions allow the sending, receiving and storing of car information such as trip history and allows for use of its applications remotely.

The process is made through a remote telecommunication device that is installed in the car and with it the vehicle will maintain connected with the dealer or the brand. Remote solutions are created by Telematics Solution Providers, or TSPs.

How can remote telematics solutions help us?

Nowadays, with the convenience of car service companies such as Uber, Lyft and Zipcar; customers are utilizing these services which is generating a lower rate of car ownership. Telematics can help boost the overall appeal of cars and can also make driver’s experiences easier and more fun.

There’s a new study that shows that the current car owner is more willing to buy his new car form the same brand if they received an excellent after-sales service from the dealer and from the brand. Telematics can be used to help keep customers happy: whether alerting them to a future service checkup, giving them more multi-media options or keeping their driving experience hands free.

Here is a diagram that shows an overview of all the ways remote vehicle telematics help us in our everyday lives:


OnStar and your GPS system are just some examples of remote telematics solutions. With all the data telematics is collecting, it is easy to develop a picture of what a day-to-day driver is looking for. Telematics solutions can be customized to meet the user experience, letting them know when its time for the next check-up, routes’ history, etc. The possibilities are endless and in the future you will see things like Google Apps being integrated directly into the console of your automobile.

What Benefits can Telematics Solutions Provide?

  • Automatic Crash Notifications
  • Roadside Assistance Services
  • Vehicle Tracking
  • Remote Door Services
  • Navigation Assistance
  • Traffic Assistance
  • Concierge Services
  • Entertainment Services
  • Fleet Management
  • Diagnostics

Telematics System Overview

Here’s a quick overview of how the system works on every step of the way for a customer that needs a dealer to get a check up/service done.


15 Jun

Forward and Backward Compatibility Testing Examples

Forward and Backward Compatibility Testing Examples

ForwardAndBackwardCompatibilityTestingTechnology is changing tremendously in styles. To keep up with the competition, constant upgrades of a product and a focus on branding is necessary even after successful versions of any given software or hardware have been launched. This is where compatibility testing comes into play.

Compatibility testing is most important part of software development to test whether a developed product is working as expected as see if improvements or enhancements are required. Hardware, mobile devices and other applications can all be tested for compatibility.

All major product developments in the corporate space include some kind of compatibility testing before launching the product into the market. This compatibility testing has two forms: backward compatibility testing and forward compatibility testing.

Forward Compatibility Testing:

To verify and test developed software or hardware to see if it is compatible with future versions of other platforms or not is known as forward compatibility.

Because all of the dynamics of future compatible platform(s) are not always known, forward compatibility testing is little bit harder to test than backwards compatibility.

Backward Compatibility Testing:

To verify if a developed software or hardware product is compatible with older platforms or not is known as backward compatibility.

In this case, all of the dynamics of the potentially compatible platform are known, so backward compatibility testing is much more predictable than forward compatibility testing.

Forward Compatibility Testing Example:

A Siebel CRM update to the new version was halted with the help of compatibility testing:

Our client wanted to upgrade Siebel CRM from 8.1 to 8.4. With the help of a test environment setup with Siebel’s backup framework, the testing observed that the migration of their customized database would not be stable with the Siebel 8.4 version. Due to this testing, development on the migration to the new version was stopped. This helped to avoids lots of issues and had the clients start thinking about alternative platforms.

Backward Compatibility Testing Example:

Mobile Apps:

Every brand (Samsung, HTC, etc.) has their own different Android UI and customization. If they release new UIs, versions or customizations, they will test their platforms to make sure that they are backwards compatible with older applications as well. They don’t want people who download their new UI not be able to use their favorite existing apps, hence backward testing.

During backwards compatibility testing in this example, we ask these questions:

  1. Is the new version/platform working fine with every older applications and APIs?
  2. Is the devices’ securities remaining stable and strong?
  3. Is the new version/platform upgraded device working fine with older components – hardwares like battery and its backup, charging and status of charged device,  camera, flash, network and calls, display UI’s resolutions etc. working fine?
  4. Is the new version/platform upgraded device working fine like before?
  5. Is the new version/platform upgraded device not corrupting older data of the device and customer data?
  6. Is the UI of the applications still graphically pleasing and working well with the all applications?
  7. Is the new version/platform upgraded device as good as before or better?

Some of the tools used for compatibility testing:

Operating System Compatibility:

  1. Virtual Desktops
  2. iOS Simulator
  3. ADT bundle

Browser Compatibility Testing:

  1. Adobe Browser Lab.
  2. CrossBrowserTesting (https://crossbrowsertesting.com).
  3. IE Tester