App and Device Certification Just Got Easier

2/10/2011

As consumers, it seems developers and manufacturers can’t get connected devices and services into our hands quickly enough. For those companies that work behind the scenes to facilitate these technologies, streamlining the process of bringing solutions to market is a top priority to keep up with market demand.

By leveraging the cloud, Alcatel-Lucent, www.alcatel-lucent.com, and DeviceAnywhere, www.deviceanywhere.com, aim to “bust” the application testing and certification bottleneck, allowing developers and mobile operators to bring new services to consumers and businesses more quickly and economically than ever before.

Yesterday the companies announced they will integrate Alcatel-Lucent’s Developer Platform and DeviceAnywhere’s Test Center to break down barriers and get new apps into the hands of end-users like you and me.


The companies say the partnership will allow developers to remotely test and certify mobile apps across thousands of mobile devices on live global networks. No special equipment will be required and the process would no longer require the direct involvement of mobile operators.

This process will also eliminate the need to go to app-testing houses; developers will be able to instantly verify their apps via their own personal computers, therefore expediting the app-to-market process.

According to Faraz Syed, CEO and cofounder of DeviceAnywhere, the application submission and certification process is one of most challenging hurdles operators must overcome before launch. With the ability to certify on live, networked devices, operators can empower their developer partners to manage their own certification process while maintaining full control of testing results.

Pending successful integration, the two companies hope to enable a new generation of services, while providing a richer mobile experience for users in both the business and consumer realms.

In a similar move, AT&T, www.att.com, and Bug Labs, www.buglabs.net, have announced plans to launch BUG + 3G/GSM, a “plug-and-play electronic tool kit” that the companies say will put network-ready wireless modules in the hands of emerging-device product developers. AT&T says the goal is to give developers a speedier, more cost-efficient path to commercial launch.

Bug Labs’ platform allows customers to prototype and produce new wireless devices rapidly and efficiently by giving them access to a full set of FCC and AT&T-certified 3G wireless modules. The company says this reduces the need for extended and costly testing and certification during the initial deployment phase.

The addition of Bug Labs builds on the existing AT&T Connection Kit for Device Developer program, which is available through AT&T emerging devices Website. As companies continue to come together to offer more options for technology developers, the result is a win-win for everyone; developers can develop and consumers can consume.




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