BSQUARE Corporation

July 13, 2010 09:15 ET

BSQUARE Launches Handset Certification Platform for Mobile Network Operators

BELLEVUE, WA--(Marketwire - July 13, 2010) -  BSQUARE Corporation (NASDAQ: BSQR), a leading software solutions provider to the global mobile and embedded device community, today announced the TestQuest Handset Certification Platform (HCP) for Mobile Network Operators (MNOs), a collaborative and distributed platform that automates the testing of new handsets.

According to industry analyst firm IDC, smartphone shipments grew from 34 million in Q1 of 2009 to 51 million in Q1 of 2010. It forecasts that total worldwide shipments of converged mobile devices will reach 391.3 million units by 2013. This surge in new smartphones is straining the mobile industry's capacity to adequately test new devices coming to market. With the increasing complexity of these devices, more features, applications and services need to be tested prior to launch. Lack of sufficient testing, coupled with device complexity, can lead to quality issues and expensive problems that customers discover in the field. 

"Leading mobile operators have told us they were looking for a fast and cost effective way of ensuring product quality for the flood of new smartphones they are launching," says Matt Herman, director of TestQuest products at BSQUARE. "We listened and developed the TestQuest Handset Certification Platform -- a flexible, scalable and distributed automated test collaboration platform specifically designed for the unique challenges MNOs face today."

The TestQuest HCP allows the MNO to develop, manage and publish portfolios of test cases to multiple OEMs and enables OEMs to pre-certify devices before they are submitted to the MNO's device certification centers. Optionally, BSQUARE can develop and maintain the test case portfolio for the MNO. The complete process from test development, distribution, testing and MNO certification is automated, secure and auditable.

Today, many MNOs publish detailed test regimens that number 5,000 or more individual test cases which handset vendors or original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) run manually. Often times the process is repeated at the MNO device certification center to certify results, which is expensive and time consuming.

Throughout the process, MNOs using the TestQuest HCP have in-depth visibility to OEM testing through a custom dashboard which enables them to monitor progress and view test results based on individual handsets, services and equipment manufacturers.

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BSQUARE is an industry leader with a proven track record in providing production-ready software products, engineering services and automated testing to the smart device market. With its deep technical knowledge of Windows Embedded and other technologies, Bsquare enables OEMs to select, adopt, develop and ship best in class products. Since 1994, Bsquare has provided device manufacturers with software solutions for personal navigation devices, point-of-sale terminals, handheld data terminals, smart phones and many other device categories allowing them to get to market more quickly and cost effectively.