Bluetooth interoperability and its improvement by test automation

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School of Science | Master's thesis
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Date
2010
Major/Subject
Ohjelmistotekniikka
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T-106
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en
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[12] + 83
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Abstract
Bluetooth wireless technology is an open standard for short-range connectivity between electronic devices. The Bluetooth specification defines the complete system from radio in hardware layer, up to the profiles at application layer. One of its objectives is to ensure interoperability, i.e., to ensure a B1uetoth device works together with other devices regardless of manufacturer. However, interoperability is still a critical area in Bluetooth industry for various reasons. This thesis seeks a mechanism of automating software tests at Bluetooth profile level to detect problems in a complete Bluetooth system and to enhance the interoperability between Bluetooth devices. The work begins with an analysis of Bluetooth interoperability problems and the main sources they come from. It then summarizes mechanisms currently available for interoperability promotion and discusses their shortcomings and inapplicability in software development processes. As a complementary mechanism for Bluetooth developers, a mechanism addressing interoperability testing automation is introduced. The mechanism designs a test system that provides the essential capability for enabling test automation in Bluetooth environments. In addition the mechanism also proposes a degree of software testability that Bluetooth implementations must possess to support test automation. Finally, some future work is outlined.
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Saikkonen, Heikki
Thesis advisor
Ylitalo, Petri
Keywords
Bluetooth interoperability, Bluetooth profiles, test automation
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