Newtown, Conn. TUV Rheinland, authorized by the ZigBee Alliance to provide ZigBee testing, has released its customizable Automizer Test System, designed to test products that meet the ZigBee Smart Energy Public Application Profile. These ZigBee Smart Energy products include in-home displays, smart energy thermostats, and smart meters.
TUV Rheinland developed the Automizer to streamline ZigBee compliance testing, claiming to automate testing in nearly half the time as in manual testing. "The ZigBee Automizer fully streamlines the testing process," said David Surber, vice president of engineering at TUV Rheinland in a statement. "The system allows us to cut the required testing time almost in half, a significant savings for our clients. This in turn gives our clients more time for trouble shooting in our labs, solving any issues in parallel to the certification testing," he added.
The PC-based Automizer loads whole clusters of scripts simultaneously into the computer, which saves time for the product tester, and activates the correct script sequences throughout the testing process. The Automizer records the final test results into an easily accessible test report format using the MS Excel spreadsheet.
A licensed copy of the Automizer system is available free of charge to clients who wish to perform their own testing for development purposes. Currently, TUV Rheinland Group laboratories in Pleasanton, California, and Taiwan are using the test system to guide clients from the United States, Europe and Asia through all necessary ZigBee qualification programs.
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