Case Aidon - Test automation

Testing automation speeds up product development, reduces manual labor and improves cost-efficiency

Case Aidon - Test automation

Testing automation speeds up product development, reduces manual labor and improves cost-efficiency

The rapid digitalisation of the electricity industry has created an increasing demand for innovation in metering and remote reading solutions. Devecto, part of Gofore Group, is Nordic market leader Aidon’s trusted product development partner.

Finnish company Aidon is a Nordic market leader in smart metering solutions and technology for electricity distribution companies. With over three million delivered devices, Aidon caters to a market that is headed for a digital future. Its main products are remote readers and smart networks.

Aidon’s increasing production and expansion to the Nordic market required them to speed up product development, reduce the need for manual labor and make their processes more cost-effective. They chose Devecto, part of Gofore Group, as their solution-oriented partner for developing embedded software and test automation.

”Our collaboration started with embedded systems development and quickly broadened into testing. As the testing automation platform project began, we expanded our team for Aidon from a few people to an expert team of ten,” Devecto’s Business Manager Petri Mähönen says.

Automation increases quality and keeps projects on schedule

The testing automation platform developed together with Devecto has proved to be an important and fruitful investment for Aidon.

“Devecto brought critical technical expertise to the project, and we have now really begun to see the results of this work. The testing platform helps projects stay on schedule and we can maintain a high standard of quality. Devecto’s ability to focus on the solution also meant they brought in the ideas we needed to carry out the project with maximum cost-efficiency,” notes Ilkka Hokkanen, Embedded Systems Architect at Aidon.

Successful collaborative projects have led to a long partnership during which Devecto has become an integral part of Aidon’s product development process.

Devecto has assembled versatile teams for Aidon’s projects and have scaled their resources according to Aidon’s needs. A key aspect has been Devecto’s ability to respond quickly to challenges. When working closely together, the importance of personal chemistry cannot be overestimated.

“Sometimes a team just doesn’t gel. In these cases, Devecto has reacted quickly and changed the line-up. I have never come across a similar self-critical approach anywhere else. As the customer I have been very satisfied with them because Devecto has often reacted to the situation even before we have,” Hokkanen says.

Trust through open communication

Open and continuous dialogue is important in keeping the partnership straightforward and achieving shared goals quickly. Hokkanen gives credit to Devecto’s experts for their ability to question and challenge the way Aidon works.

”Surely the starting point has to be that the supplier of expertise has stronger knowledge of their field than the client. We have really learned to trust Devecto’s experts. This means, for example, that when I have not been able to attend a meeting with a client, I can send a developer from Devecto in my place without hesitation,” Hokkanen illustrates.

”The turnover rate of our personnel has been very low. We are proud to be able to provide Aidon with a reliable and close-knit team that has deep insight on their products,” Devecto’s Petri Mähönen says.

Devecto is specialized in demanding software development for smart devices and intelligent machinery and related test systems. Devecto became part of Gofore Group through acquisition in January 2022.

Project Highlights

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Mission

To enable growth by speeding up product development and reducing the need for manual labor.
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Approach

Devecto met Aidon’s needs by developing smart software solutions for embedded systems and a testing automation platform.
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Outcome

Thanks to the testing automation platform, projects stay on schedule and quality is at a high level. Successful projects have led to a close collaborative partnership between Aidon and Devecto.

"Sometimes a team just doesn’t gel. In these cases, Devecto has reacted quickly and changed the line-up. I have never come across a similar self-critical approach anywhere else. As the customer I have been very satisfied with them because Devecto has often reacted to the situation even before we have."

Ilkka Hokkanen

Embedded Systems Architect

Aidon

Interested? We would be happy to talk more!

Riikka Vilminko-Heikkinen

Sales and Customer Value