Amazon approves Spirent as authorized test lab

Spirent Communications has been approved by Amazon as an authorized test lab for Alexa built-in devices.

As an authorized test lab, Spirent will work directly with manufacturers at its lab facility in Maryland, USA to provide a range of audio and acoustic test services for Alexa built-in products seeking certification from Amazon.

The Spirent Performance Center features four automation-enabled labs that focus on quality of experience testing. One of these labs is specially equipped to test and assure Alexa built-in products meet performance requirements across acoustics, music, functional and user (UX) experiences.

Examples of testing that Spirent performs in support of Alexa Voice Service requirements include functional testing, near-field and far-field testing, wake word detection delay testing and manual subject testing, with the ability to add additional tests as needed. Devices that pass these tests will receive certification test results in the form of Alexa Qualification Tool (AQT) reports.

Rob VanBrunt, General Manager – Connected Devices, Spirent said, “Spirent’s Performance Center is a world-class facility that is already a leader in evaluating the communications performance of voice, video and data devices, ensuring a seamless experience for developers of Alexa built-in devices as they pursue certification and reduce time to market.”

Alexa is available on more than 100 million devices from Amazon and third party device manufacturers. With Alexa, device manufacturers can build natural voice experiences that offer customers a more intuitive way to interact with the technology they use every day. Amazon offers a collection of tools, APIs, reference solutions and documentation to make it easier to build for Alexa, and new devices can now be submitted by developers directly to Spirent for testing and certification.

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