Mobile Application Testing – 01 Synergy

April 4th, 2012 by Rahul No comments »

01 Synergy offers a complete and comprehensive range of Mobile Application testing services from Unit Testing to User Acceptance Testing. Complexities across handset makers, carriers, locations and operating systems has made building bug-free mobile apps really difficult.

Our areas of expertise include:

  • Requirements Capture and Analysis
  • Test Planning
  • Test case Design
  • Test Execution
  • Defect Tracking & Management
  • Reporting
  • Test Metrics

01 Synergy offers a wide range of Mobile Application testing services, including:

  • Functional Testing
  • Security Testing
  • Load & Performance Testing
  • Localization Testing
  • Usability Testing

Our QA professionals can help you with all your Mobile App testing projects,  including:

  • iOS Application Testing (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch)
  • Android Application Testing
  • BlackBerry Application Testing
  • Windows Phone 7 Application Testing

01 Synergy is here to help, if you have a need to discuss Mobile application testing, agile testing, do count on us to help. Visit us online at www.01sqa.com or send us a mail here: mobile.testing@01synergy.com

Software company LinguNext bags Best value Proposition award

April 18th, 2014 by Amrinder No comments »

Pune-based software product company LinguaNext has bagged the ‘Best Value Proposition’ at InTechBSE 0.00 % 50 Summit, held recently in Bangalore. A panel of Chief Information Officers (CIOs), venture capitalists, and product leaders from previous successes shortlisted the top 50 product companies from 200 applications in the summit, which showcased promising start-ups from the Indian product ecosystem.

LinguaNext’s Linguify solution secured spot amongst the top 5 along with a “Best Value Proposition Award. The company develops enterprise applications to be localised into multiple languages without making any changes to the application code or database. Their product Linguify, allows users to operate the software in any language of their choice.

LinguaNext has been founded by Jagdish Sahasrabudhe and Rajeev Phadke. They are currently working with mobile device OEMs and mobile application providers, and are establishing partnerships with SAP, Ramco, SAGE and other global Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) and system integrators.

Source:http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/software/software-company-lingunext-bags-best-value-proposition-award/articleshow/33871059.cms

Prisons Are Using Sophisticated Software To Predict How Parolees Will Behave After Release

April 18th, 2014 by Amrinder No comments »

Big data can help states decide whom to release from prison

IN MONTY PYTHON’S “Life of Brian”, the Jerusalem crowd picks wrongdoers for Pontius Pilate to release according to whether their names begin with “r”, since they find it amusing that the Roman governor cannot pronounce that letter. (“Welease Woger!”). Two thousand years later, America aims to select prisoners for parole by more rational criteria, such as “Are they likely to re-offend?”

It turns out, however, that granting parole wisely is hard. Parole boards may be biased, perhaps without realising it. In general, they tend to overestimate the likelihood that a prisoner will re-offend, says Lance Lowry of AFSCME Texas Correctional Employees, a warders’ union. Many fear that if they free a thug who then commits an atrocity, their reputation will be ruined.

This makes them err on the side of severity. In Ohio, for example, a paroled murderer was arrested last year for allegedly murdering a 13 year old girl. (He later died in custody.) The parole board took a beating in the press. Being granted parole in Ohio is now only slightly more likely than winning the lotto, says Barry Wilford, a local lawyer. Among applicants given hearings, in some months less than 1% are released. (In neighbouring West Virginia the average is 48%.)

Help may be at hand, in the form of “risk-assessment” software, which crunches data to estimate the likelihood a prisoner will re-offend. Such software tends to increase the proportion of applicants who are granted parole while also reducing the proportion who re-offend. Two such programmes, LSI-R and LS/CMI, appear to reduce parolee recidivism by about 15%. Developed by Multi-Health Systems, a Canadian firm, they were used to assess 775,000 parole applications in America in 2012. Four-fifths of parole boards now use similar technology, says Joan Petersilia of Stanford University.

The data that matter include the prisoner’s age at first arrest, his education, the nature of his crime, his behaviour in prison, his friends’ criminal records, the results of psychometric tests and even the sobriety of his mother while he was in the womb. The software estimates the probability that an inmate will relapse by comparing his profile with many others. The American version of LS/CMI, for example, holds data on 135,000 (and counting) parolees.

It is better to be guided by software than one’s gut, says Olivia Craven, head of the Idaho Commission of Pardons and Parole. Donna Sytek of the New Hampshire Parole Board agrees. Unaided, parole board members rely too much on their personal experiences and make inconsistent decisions, she says.

Software can be used to help make better decisions not only about whom to release, but also about how to manage parolees on the outside. South Carolina uses a programme called COMPAS, developed by Northpointe Inc, an American firm, to help with rehabilitation. It tells officials which factors are likely to be “feeding into” a person’s criminal behaviour, says Shaunita Grase, the official in charge of making it work. If COMPAS concludes that a parole applicant’s delinquency was fuelled more by lack of education than, say, household strife, it might make sense to let him live at home as long as he attends evening classes. If his education is irrelevant, limited resources might be better spent on, say, anger-management training.

In some cases, software may actually reduce crime. ORAS, a programme designed for the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, flags the low-risk criminals whose likelihood of reoffending actually increases the longer they are locked up alongside violent criminals. So says Jennifer Lux, an ORAS designer at the University of Cincinnati’s Centre for Criminal Justice Research.

Some officials dislike all this new technology, notes Mr Lowry. Some resent having their gut feelings overruled. Others are sorry that software makes it harder to disguise political favours, such as respecting the wish of a state senator to see the man who burgled his house denied parole.

However, it meets a need. America’s prisons are overcrowded–with less than a 20th of the world’s population, it locks up nearly a quarter of prisoners–and ruinously expensive. If software helps cut the cost of incarceration without endangering the public, states will surely use it.

Source:http://www.businessinsider.in/Prisons-Are-Using-Sophisticated-Software-To-Predict-How-Parolees-Will-Behave-After-Release/articleshow/33877701.cms

Police chief blasts new 911 software after multiple server ‘crashes’

April 18th, 2014 by Amrinder No comments »

After a number of computer issues that forced Austin’s 911 call center to temporarily reroute emergency calls, the city’s police chief is planning to go head-to-head with leaders at a regional governmental agency that oversees 911 services in Central Texas.

Austin Police Chief Art AceveDo“Their servers are crashing. I am tired of being told this is not going to happen again,” Chief Art Acevedo told KXAN.

Those making promises to the police chief are emergency communications staff members at the Capital Area Council of Governments, or CAPCOG. The publicly funded agency oversees 911 service in 10 Central Texas counties.

After buying the ‘Solacom’ 911 system for $5.4 million in a 5-year contract, it was plugged into Austin’s call center last October.

Just 10 weeks later, last Dec. 16 while a back up system was undergoing maintenance, Solacom’s main server went dark. This prompted Austin 911 to ‘farm out’ its calls to surrounding 911 centers for hours.

Then, overnight on April 11, another smaller server crash left callers on hold, communications staff said. It also led others to hang up and again, for a brief time, forced the call center to redirect 911 calls to outlying centers.

Sources inside local law enforcement agencies say they know of few notable problems, but have heard local call-taking staff complain about the weekly maintenance of the Solacom system.

Last month on a tour of the sprawling 911 call center facility in North Austin, KXAN talked with 911 Police Commander Julie O’Brien about the system’s reliability.

“This is a major change in software so there’s always going to be glitches and growing pains with new software,” she said. “What we do is we keep track of any issues that come up.”

Last spring CAPCOG installed Solacom in all 31 local sheriff’s and police departments, also known as Public Safety Answering Points.

KXAN has requested from CAPCOG a list of those issues and maintenance ‘tickets’ sent by those public safety agencies since the system went live. We found a sample of the ‘911 Trouble Reports’ form on CAPCOG’s website. Managers are asked to fill in the form if problems crop up at 911 call centers and call AT&T’s 1-866 customer assurance line.

CAPCOG’s working on it

In response to questions about the root causes of the service disruptions in Austin and when the system will be fixed, CAPCOG gave KXAN this emailed statement on Thursday:

The Capital Area Council of Governments initiated a working group in February, representing the region’s (Public Safety Answering Points) PSAPs, to address concerns with the Solacom equipment as well as network issues with AT&T – a result of the December outage as well as some other smaller outages. Both companies have attended meetings with this group and have been responsive to working with CAPCOG on all issues to date

Our agency believes significant progress has been made and is committed to continue to address all issues related to equipment and network operations.

-Shareefah Hoover, CAPCOG

Solacom history in the US

Solacom is a Canadian-based company that’s been selling 911 management systems since 2007. It has big US contracts at 911 centers in several states including: California, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Georgia and Maine. In Texas the Solacom system is also used in Lubbock, according to news releases on the company website.

The company’s selling point: its ‘next generation’ software that will allow people to contact local 911 by text, email or their GPS systems.

Those features aren’t even turned on yet here.

“I want to tell CAPCOG and Solacom, ‘time’s up,’” Acevedo said.

A company spokesperson based out of Solacom’s Illinois office told KXAN he could not comment publicly on the Austin 911 situation pending approval from his supervisors. It was also pointed out AT&T ‘bought’ the system from Solacom so its involvement was now third party. CAPCOG’s website also says its emergency systems are maintained by a team of trained call-takers throughout the region.

Who owns or operates the system is no comfort to Austin’s police chief.

“At the end of the day, who are the ones answering questions on these issues? It’s not CAPCOG, it’s not Solacom, it’s not AT&T; it’s the Austin Police Department and either they get it right, or we’ll find a vendor that can do it right,” the chief said, promising to attend CAPCOG’s next public 911 strategy meeting to make his point to the agency’s leaders face-to-face.

CAPCOG’s website calendar lists April 23 at 1 p.m. as the next meeting of its 911 Strategic Advisory Committee.

At the state level, Texas has set aside fees statewide to help agencies upgrade their systems to Next Generation 911. They have the money to do the work now. However as KXAN revealed in October, lawmakers never spent the money in order to balance our budgets.

Source:http://kxan.com/2014/04/17/police-chief-blasts-new-911-software-after-multiple-server-crashes/

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