7layers, a company in the Bureau Veritas Group, has announced its new, web-based and scalable test management system, Interlab EVO.
The system is designed to handle efficiently the ever more complex verification and validation processes required for the development and market access of wireless devices and smart services.
As a web-based solution, Interlab EVO reportedly enables members of various teams and locations to work together 24/7 on a seamless verification & validation platform. The troublesome task of tracing test results back to their respective requirements is facilitated by a systematic, consistent process.
This supports the management of devices-under-test, including their features, the necessary test specifications as well as the laboratories and test resources involved. For a quick and precise project overview the system provides clearly arranged metrics of the large number of test results via specially designed dashboards.
Interlab EVO consists of the Test Requirements Management System, which allows users to manage specifications, quality policies and test plans, and the Test Management System, which is used for the actual project handling. This includes version control of devices-under-test, test laboratory management, results management and test report generation.
As a scalable solution, Interlab EVO enables interested parties to choose not only the number of users and connected test resources, but also exactly those Interlab EVO components that they need.
“With Interlab EVO, we have succeeded in creating not only a comprehensive, but also an extremely flexible and open solution that can be ideally adapted to our customers’ needs,” explained Carsten Kuhfuss, Interlab product manager at 7layers. “Customers can decide which Interlab EVO components they require and which tasks they want to organise outside the system.
“Thanks to generic interfaces between Interlab EVO and other IT systems users can easily create and import their own report templates or other relevant data. Due to the rapid development of the smart wireless world, it is highly important to ensure that devices and services are tested in accordance with the latest requirements. For this reason, our test management system offers specific use cases that are especially geared to handling such demands,” Kuhfuss added.
Interlab EVO reportedly features a fast, automatic test plan generator, with which test plans can be generated based on product specifications, the quality policies that products have to be in line with and market access-specific, guided questionnaires. If necessary, test plans can be adapted manually, and should requirements or product changes arise, the generation of “delta test plans” is fully supported. If preferred, it is also possible to import test plans created by “Interlab LIVE”, an online test plan generator from 7layers, or use test plans from other sources.
Product standards, test specifications, test case descriptions, certification and regulatory requirements are the backbone of Interlab EVO. Once uploaded they can be used time and time again, by all teams involved, and centrally maintained. In the wireless smart world environment, which is characterised by continuous change, it is of prime importance to maintain such specifications continually for up to date test and certification processes.
To facilitate this, 7layers offers ready-to-use content packages for Interlab EVO covering the requirements of industry interest groups such as the PTCRB, GCF, Verizon Wireless, Bluetooth® SIG etc. Content packages for regulatory requirements such as FCC or RED (R&TTE), are planned as well, as they are important for market access of all devices with integrated radio components.
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