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Robots as Card Reader Testers Mean Better Quality

In this article, we explain how our team of robots has been used to test the fault tolerance of our card readers. Spoiler alert: zero fault tolerance!
More importantly, this article looks at how robotic quality assurance (RQA) testing has helped us achieve our market-leading zero-fault reading.

In a previous article, Robots are part of the Y Soft team, we looked at how our team of robots helps us better support employees and customers. We take the quality of our products and solutions very seriously, so we carry out robust robot testing of both our software and hardware.



To demonstrate how we use robots to test card reader fault tolerance, let’s look at a recent example using the Xerox AltaLink C8055.
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For our card readers, the test scenario is a simple three-step process.

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Because the robot behaves autonomously, there is no human requirement. This enables testing to run 24/7 over a pre-defined period, in this case, fourteen days. The scenario is repeated again and again, and any errors in logging in or out of the multifunctional device (MFD) are compiled after each cycle.

Approximately 200,000 authentications are made over the course of fourteen days, accounting for around 400,000 card swipes. Our robots can authenticate in an average of one second per authentication, about ten authentications (20 swipes) per minute. The robot completes 15,000 authentications daily, far surpassing human capacity.

However, it isn’t just about speed. If humans were carrying out the testing, it would also be difficult to attain the same level of detail in the results, which is ultimately the information that helps us improve fault tolerance levels.

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Once the test for one card technology is complete, we swap the cards and repeat the test. Thanks to this robust robotic testing, we can achieve our market-leading zero-fault reading.

Testing and quality assurance aren't the only ways AIVA can help your company enhance your product portfolio. AIVA robotics helps bring continuous integration to companies around the world, speeding up feedback mechanisms and time to market, enabling early detection and prevention of possible issues during code merge, and driving product development automation.

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