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Testing for a faster London tube

Posted in General by testing in London on March 31, 2007

From IT Week

Metronet, the public-private partnership responsible for maintaining two thirds of the London Underground, has started testing radio signal communications systems.

The technology is being trialled on the Victoria Line and will ultimately enable new trains to run more frequently, improving journey times by as much as 16 per cent.

Automatic positioning transponders will be installed at 100 metre intervals along the track to determine exact train positions. Data transmission units will then send the information into a new state-of-the-art control centre.

It will allow trains to run faster and closer together, says Metronet vice president Alistair Kennedy.

‘For the first time, radio communication has been successfully tested between a train and signal equipment rooms, between Blackhorse Road and Tottenham Hale stations,’ he said. ‘This is a major step on the way to proving the signalling system.’

To test the system, new equipment and test instruments were fitted to a standard Tube train. Prior to live tests on the Victoria Line, trials were held on a specially equipped test track in Derby.

Testing will continue during planned engineering works as signal installation moves down the line.

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Gomez launches new testing platform

Posted in Software testing,testing tool by testing in London on March 30, 2007

In April 2007, Gomez,  will release a new entrant in the quality assurance and test business: the first On-Demand, Design, QA and Test platform for web development. Gomez is a leading global company that specialises in web application monitoring and performance enhancement with customers like Microsoft, Yahoo, Federal Express, Citibank and eBay.

The substantial shift of most new application development to the web — new SOA based architectures and the implementation of new client side delivery tools like Ajax, requires a new design, quality assurance and test capability based on the web and delivered via the web. The Gomez Web Experience First Platform will allow testing professionals to reduce design cycles, increase the quality of deliverables and ensure true production based testing for new web applications, without any up front license fees: a significant cost savings over traditional legacy QA and test solutions.

TestComplete is Winner in Testing Tools Category

Posted in Software testing,testing tool by testing in London on March 29, 2007

From Business Wire

AutomatedQA, a provider of easy-to-use and affordable tools for testing and developing high-quality applications, announced today that CMPs Jolt Award judges have named TestComplete a Productivity Winner of the Jolt Product Excellence Awards. This prestigious award recognises companies that are producing universally useful, yet simple, functional tools that redefine their product space. TestComplete was selected in the testing tools category based on its excellence in end-to-end automated testing of desktop and web applications including functional and load testing.

TestComplete is a full-featured environment for automated testing of Windows, .NET, Java, WPF (XAML) applications, and web pages and servers. It delivers automated functional, unit, regression, manual, data-driven, object-driven, distributed and HTTP load, stress and scalability testing in one easy-to-use and totally integrated package at an affordable price. The first testing tool to provide extensive support for Windows Vista technologies, TestComplete is the only tool of its kind with built-in support for multiple scripting languages, including VBScript, JScript, C++Script, C#Script and DelphiScript.

Metrico unveils data testing application

Posted in Software testing,testing tool by testing in London on March 28, 2007

From RCR Wireless News

Metrico Wireless Inc., which provides performance measurement products, released its Metrico Datum wireless testing solution.

Datum allows carriers and manufacturers to test data services via computer and directly on the handset. The solution requires an application to be downloaded onto the wireless device and then mobile data performance testing can be carried out in the field.

The product transmits results across the network to a central repository.

“Manufacturers are delivering phones that are more user-friendly every day. But what’s the benefit of offering a device with an easy-to-navigate browser if the user has to wait 45 seconds for each new Web site to load?” said Des Owens, general manager of Metrico. “Our new Datum tool allows carriers to ensure the performance of each wireless device measures up—before it is introduced to consumers.”

The product is expected to be commercially available in April.

London Heathrow Terminal 5 begins final testing phase

Posted in General by testing in London on March 27, 2007

From NZ Herald
London Heathrow’s 4.3 billion pounds Terminal 5 is on track and budget to open in exactly a year’s time, airports operator BAA and British Airways announced today.

After a six-month period of testing, the country’s biggest free-standing building is set to open on March 27, 2008.

More than 90 per cent of the construction-related work is complete after more than 13 kilometres (8 miles) of tunnels were bored and 900-tonnes of earth moved.

Thirty thousand square metres (yards) of glass facade have been installed in the 40-metre high construction and the 18,500 tonne single span roof lifted into place over 11 months.

A six-month period of testing will begin in September, when more than 16,000 people will be recruited to act as passengers testing every aspect of the building, including car parking, check-in, baggage systems, IT systems and security.

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New ISO draft standard on filter testing

Posted in General by testing in London on March 26, 2007

From Controlled Environments Magazine

The Institute of Environmental Sciences and Technology (IEST) has announced the publication of the first document produced by the International Organization for Standardization Technical Committee (ISO/TC) 142, Cleaning equipment for air and other gases.

“ISO/DIS 21220 Particulate air filters for general ventilation-Determination of the filtration performance” is available from IEST, Administrator of the US TAG to ISO/TC 142.

“ISO/DIS 21220” describes testing procedures and the performance testing  measurement of particulate air filters in general ventilation applications. The document presents two test methods based on the initial efficiency of the filters and the conditioned efficiency of their media: the “fine method” for air filters in the higher efficiency range and the “coarse method” for lower efficiency filters. In addition, the Standard contains annexes covering a test method for conditioning of filter material, pressure drop calculation, and shedding from filters.

Testing mobiles on the Tube

Posted in General by testing in London on March 25, 2007

From Computing

London Underground (LU) will start testing mobile phone and wireless internet technology on the Tube network later this year. The organisation will test services on the Waterloo & City line, including the platforms at Waterloo and Bank stations and the interconnecting tunnels.

‘On completion of installation works at the trial sites there will be a period of evaluation of the performance, suitability, reliability and maintenance,’ says a document detailing the plans.

‘LU will assess the results of the testing to determine whether to provide mobile telephony and data services on the LU network.’

The range of technologies being tested, such as WiFi, WiMax and digital video, is also large and may prove too ambitious. But the technology has been tested on underground networks around the world and this experience can be used to ensure a problem-free installation.

New website testing tool

Posted in Software testing,testing tool by testing in London on March 24, 2007

From Add PR

Taskee is a hosted tool that revolutionalizes the way webdesign companies and clients communicate while testing an online project. Taskee simplifies the website testing communication and makes it easier and cheaper to collaborate during the website testing process.

With Taskee you can assign, manage and comment tasks related to the URL you are viewing. Taskee is incorporated directly into the tested website and available anytime in one click.

More information about the service and the demo can be found at http://www.taskee.com.

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New Load Testing Tool Released for UltraLightClient

Posted in Software testing,testing tool by testing in London on March 23, 2007

From PRWeb

Canoo Engineering has announced that it has released a new version of its load testing tool for UltraLightClient, ULC Load. The tool analyses the performance data of UltraLightClient-based applications.

Since the last version, ULC Load has been completely re-implemented to offer improved testing functionality for Java RIA development with UltraLightClient. New features include improved usability, graphical output of results, graphical test plan browser and the possibility to add and modify test plan parameters.

All performance data is logged during the load tests, allowing developers to assess the performance and scalability of an UltraLightClient application before deployment. This helps to avoid costly performance problems by detecting bottlenecks before a new application is deployed.

The tool records interaction sequences, allows controlled replays of test scenarios, and displays the results as graphs. ULC Load is available in two versions:

  • ULC Load – single node version, suitable for testing small applications.
  • ULC Load Enterprise – multi-node version, for large enterprise-level applications.

ULC Load Enterprise is a site license for ULC Load with no restrictions regarding number of instances, machines or connections. The license covers all testing requirements irrespective of the size of your application or number of developers working in your organisation.
Both versions of ULC Load integrate into Apache Jakarta’s JMeter load test infrastructure, leveraging the existing functionality of this infrastructure such as easy visualization and analysis of load test results.

A single license for ULC Load costs around $5,000 and can be purchased at the Canoo product website: http://www.canoo.com/ulc/. An evaluation license is available for a 30 day test period. An unlimited ULC Load Enterprise license is available for approximately $30,000.

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Test Factory

Posted in Software testing,testing tool by testing in London on March 22, 2007

From PRNewswire

Compuware has launched Test Factory, a quality assurance solution designed to create a more efficient approach for delivering software testing services. Compuware Test Factory provides outsourced testing service providers with a comprehensive solution to help resolve a range of complex business challenges, including those driven by rapid growth and increased competitive pressures. “The demand for offshore outsourced testing services is booming. Firms are sending testing offshore in the hopes of saving money, reducing time-to- market, improving their testing processes, and ultimately improving quality,” stated Stephanie Moore, Vice President, Forrester Research. “The benefits of offshore testing are real.”*

The Test Factory business model also has immediate and direct impact on all facets of the testing services organization.

  • “C”-level executives benefit from better visibility into organizational performance, making it easier to manage revenue and profit margins.
  • Sales can respond faster with less risk to customer proposals and increase client satisfaction and retention rates.
  • Marketing can leverage internal expertise to create differentiated high-value solutions that increase competitiveness and leverage company assets and intellectual property more broadly across their organization. – Recruiting and retaining top talent is easier with structured and clearly defined career paths and job enrichment possibilities.
  • Service Delivery groups are able to standardize on a comprehensive extensible architecture that can be deployed to support a single location or a globally integrated four-tier service delivery model.

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