S3 Group upgrades TV testing platform, adds US office
Michelle Clancy | 24-04-2014
S3 Group has unveiled an upgrade to its automated video testing platform, StormTest Development Centre.

The company also announced that it has expanded its North American operations with the opening of a new office in Philadelphia, to support new and existing business in the region.

"Before any feature change is made to an existing TV service, or any new service is introduced, it's imperative that rigorous testing occurs to ensure that subscribers have a quality experience," said Jason Blackwell, director of service provider strategies in the digital consumer practice at Strategy Analytics. "Pay-TV operators must now support set-top boxes, tablets, game consoles, smartphones and other devices, which requires managing a dizzying combination of possible software configurations and hardware platforms. As such, there is growing need for enhanced service validation solutions that provide the efficiency and reliability required to keep pace."

The upgrade features improved insights with enhanced reporting options, using data generated by test automation to help development, operations and product management personnel to assess the performance and service readiness of video services across connected devices. Streamlined test development with improved 'Navigator' graphical user interface (GUI) meanwhile simplifies the development and reducing maintenance effort associated with test navigation frameworks saving up to 30% of test development effort in the process.

And, enhanced HD and 4K image handling is enabled via a migration of underlying StormTest software architecture to 64-bit processing.

"S3 Group is committed to enhancing the performance and service readiness of video platforms in development and production," said Philip Brennan, vice president of TV technology at S3 Group. "StormTest Development Centre enables engineering teams to increase efficiency by replacing time-consuming manual tests with more accurate automated testing across connected devices. To address the growing demand for our products and services in North America, we are very pleased to have hosted our first North American StormTest User Group Conference, and opened a new North American office in Philadelphia to serve our clients' needs."