Ixia and K2-Inc. have collaborated in the IoT space. The integration of the Ixia IoT solution and K2's software-defined IoT platform will automate testing, simplifying the development and quality assurance of IoT devices. This includes Wi-Fi-connected white goods (smart appliances) and industrial equipment.

K2's software-defined IoT platform allows equipment manufacturers to build IoT applications that can monitor, analyze, and visualize data on a real-time basis. It also provides controllable actions which make use of that data. The Ixia IoT solution is already being used by K2 to quickly and thoroughly qualify wireless chipsets for IoT deployments, and to rapidly test IoT devices over distance, channel models, roaming, ecosystems, and interference.

The integration of the two platforms, scheduled for availability in the first quarter of 2017, will enable K2's original equipment manufacturer (OEM) customers to cost-effectively add Wi-Fi into their mainstream products. By simulating a wide range of Wi-Fi networks and deployment conditions in a minimalist test bed, customers can choose a cost-effective Wi-Fi vendor, while ensuring robust performance in the field.

The resulting analytics around performance and insights into failures will enable vendors and OEM partners to identify potential performance issues and quickly evaluate their final products before deployment.

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