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Farncombe buys Mirifice test automation assets

UK media technology services provider Farncombe has acquired consumer device test automation assets from defunct firm Mirifice, with plans to rebrand them and relaunch the platform in early 2013.

Farncombe has already been using the test automation platform – known as ‘MiriATE’ – for a number of years, and will continue to support Mirifice’s existing clients, which include the UK’s Digital TV Group (DTG), with a new support package for customers now available.

Bath-based Mirifice was liquidated at the end of last year, with its end-to-end TV monitoring system ‘MiriMON’ acquired by TV tech entrepreneur Tom Weiss, founder of content discovery company TV Genius. Farncombe acquired Mirifice’s Professional Services business in 2010, and this latest deal appears to round off the liquidation of Mirifice’s assets.

Gary Marshall, Managing Partner for Engineering Services at Farncombe, said that the company is currently reviewing its automation solution in close collaboration with MiriATE clients. “We possess a considerable amount of in-house expertise, having provided professional services to the MiriATE client base for a number of years.

“Following a consultation period, we will announce a detailed roadmap for test automation in 2013,” he said. “We are confident that this will enable the TV industry to take a significant step forward with the introduction of large-scale, cost-effective test automation deployments.”

“By integrating these new assets with our current portfolio of testing and integration services, we can help both existing and new clients maximise the benefits from test automation,” added Marshall. “We will also use these assets to empower customers to cost-effectively automate testing and integrate testing with their defect management, continuous integration and management reporting systems.”

Potential new avenues identified by Farncombe include offering value-added services around MiriATE, including training and scripting support. The company has already developed a new real-time web-based reporting tool and is in the process of testing a number of new features.

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