SOURCE: S3 Group

S3 Group

August 31, 2011 09:06 ET

S3 Group Announces First Sale of StormTest™ Decision Line to Automate Set-Top Box Testing in Screening and Repair

System Goes Live in Unipart Technology Logistics (UTL) UK Repair Facility

DUBLIN, IRELAND--(Marketwire - Aug 31, 2011) - S3 Group, a global enabler of the highest quality digital TV content delivery platforms, today announced its first customer of the StormTest™ Decision Line product. Designed for automated test and device configuration in screening and repair facilities, the system is now live in Unipart Technology Logistics (UTL) -- part of the Unipart Group and a leading integrated technology logistics, repair and supply chain services provider. UTL handles the repair and recycling of all BSkyB's Set-Top Boxes (STBs), representing over 10 million customers in the UK. The StormTest family of products from S3 Group drives increased quality and reduced operational costs in the lifecycle management of TV devices including STBs and digital TV devices, as well as cable modems and MTAs. StormTest Decision Line is an additional product in the family and builds on the success of deployed StormTest products already in the marketplace.

StormTest Decision Line analyses STBs and reports on any faults found. With this product twice as many STBs can be handled per operator, extending testing duration for each device by a factor of four and significantly increasing audio and video output quality analysis.

Chris Dixon, Sky Account Director at UTL, said: "UTL handles the repair and recycling of all Sky's Set-Top Boxes. We have deployed StormTest Decision Line to help us improve the speed at which STBs are tested and diagnosed. StormTest is exceptionally reliable and enables our engineers to focus more of their time on repair and recycling rather than analysing what is wrong. This, in turn, delivers a more efficient service to our customer, Sky."

"We continue to deliver on our promise to address the challenges faced by the industry in the lifecycle management of Set-Top Boxes. Since we launched the StormTest platform in 2008 we have invested significant effort in developing the product family and deploying our systems in customer sites globally. Key to the success of this StormTest™ Decision Line implementation in UTL was being able to address the core challenges of accuracy, completeness and speed when screening, in order to drive a reduction in faulty STB releases and continuous improvements in Sky customer satisfaction," said Ian Harris, Director of Product Management, S3 Group.

About S3 Group

S3 Group helps digital TV companies develop and maintain the highest quality content delivery platforms. It is recognized as the world leader in system integration services and automated testing products which are deployed by engineering, supply chain and operations departments of operators and technology providers globally. Founded in 1986, S3 Group, headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, has development centers in Ireland, USA, Poland, Czech Republic and Portugal with sales offices and representatives worldwide. Visit and for further information.

About The Unipart Group

The Unipart Group employs more than 10,000 personnel worldwide and has an annual turnover of more than £1billion. It is a leading third party logistics provider and consultant in operational excellence, operating across a range of market sectors, including automotive, leisure, marine, manufacturing, mobile telecoms, rail, retail and technology.

All Unipart sites operate according to the Group's proprietary version of Lean known as The Unipart Way. This is a philosophy of working underpinned by tools and techniques that inspires efficiency, flexibility and outstanding customer service in any process.

Unipart also offers expert consultancy in implementing Lean principles and in supply chain management to a wide range of both public and private sector organisations.

The Group's clients include Sainsbury's,, Homebase, Vodafone, 3, BSkyB, Jaguar Land Rover, and HMRC.

About Unipart Technology Logistics

A leading technology logistics, repair and service provider, UTL offers a unique breadth of services, providing forward and reverse logistics, repair and bespoke value-add solutions to the technology sector. UTL's 'supply chain intelligence' shares best practice and feedback across a customer's business, enabling synergies, efficiencies and cost reduction.

UTL provides a culture of relentless, continuous improvement, underpinned by a philosophy (The Unipart Way) that consistently drives down both cost and waste, while retaining flexibility and agility. This culture is delivered by brilliant people who start at the extra mile, focusing on quality delivery every day to improve customers' futures.

Unipart Technology Logistics' goal is to achieve a true partnership where it becomes an extension of the customer's organisation -- working together to increase revenue, lower costs and exceed customer and employee expectations.

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Tracey Sheehy
    Breakaway Communications for S3 Group
    (212) 616-6003
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