Farncombe adds multi-device testing to OpenTest V. 4

Michelle Clancy | 19-02-2014

Media technology services provider Farncombe has unveiled OpenTest version 4, which features an unlimited audio and video recording function that allows pay-TV and CPE customers to record the AV outputs from simultaneous video quality tests and keep a record of results.

Using the GStreamer open-source multimedia framework, remote users can now see the progress of tests from anywhere in the world. In addition, faster control of infrared signals is resulting in higher throughput testing. This is particularly useful for customers that are testing multiple devices simultaneously.

The company also gave an update on its growth, announcing that it has shipped 23 OpenTest automated consumer device testing systems in the last 12 months.

"Farncombe attributes OpenTest's success to its simple cost model," the company said. "It requires a fraction of the capital investment needed for similar offerings and the use of industry-standard hardware means operating costs are less than half the industry average. Furthermore, it includes key features at no additional cost such as OpenTest's Optical Character Recognition."

With a new Python interface, OpenTest can now run scripts that have been written for other automated platforms with no re-writing required, making it easier to migrate to OpenTest.

The OpenTest automated testing system is available either as a managed, outsourced service in Farncombe's Test Lab in Vauxhall, London, or deployed in-house on CPE vendors' and operators' platforms. Its script-based automated test system removes the manual effort from test execution, vastly improving test efficiency and coverage. It also frees up test teams to focus on analysis and fault investigation.

OpenTest enables realistic stability endurance and stress testing, which are impractical to execute manually. Features such as video analysis, motion detection, region comparison and optical character recognition (OCR) replace the need for manual recognition and verification. Customers can integrate OpenTest with their own defect management, continuous integration and management reporting systems.