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Vol. 9, Special Issue, December 2010, pp.214-222



ZigBee Test Harness: An Innovative Tool for ZigBee Node Testing


1Andrea Ranalli, 2Claudio Borean

Telecom Italia Lab, via reiss romoli, 274 10100 Torino, Italy
1Tel.: (+39) 331 60 42 768, 2 (+39) 331 60 01 139

E-mail: andrea.ranalli@telecomitalia.it, claudio.borean@telecomitalia.it



Received: 27 September 2010   /Accepted: 30 November 2010   /Published: 30 December 2010


Abstract: The document describes an innovative tool called Test Harness, developed by Telecom Italia S.p.A (TIT.MI). The purpose of this software is to tests any ZigBee node compliant to the ZigBee public application profile specifications. The tool can be used to debug a device before its certification process, a step that needs to be done within the ZigBee Alliance in order to commercialize a product with the ZigBee logo. Typical testing include finding malformed packets format, wrong field values, checks the correct behavior of the node when receiving or sending messages, etc… The tool tries to speed up the activities of Test Houses, helping them to automate a test plan. Finally, the tool supports also a distribute mode testing, allowing companies to run remote testing and reduce budget cost (flights, accommodation, etc...).


Keywords: ZigBee, Sensor, Wireless sensor network (WSN), Test harness, IEEE 802.15.4, Remote testing, Automation tool


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