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Empirix Hammer Test Solution

End-to-end Pre-deployment Testing

Empirix Hammer Test Solution provides pre-deployment validation of new solutions and updates to preempt issues from impacting customers. It assesses end-to-end network performance, including security vulnerabilities and the quality of voice, video, and data services. Moreover, the Empirix Hammer Test Solution offers functional testing for contact center, mobility, and unified communications solutions – for both individual elements and operations as a whole.

Empirix Hammer Test Solution accurately evaluates expected performance with our solution's unique ability to reproduce real-world customer behaviors and the traffic patterns they create. This enables a true understanding of interoperability issues and the effects any change will have on customer experience in today's complex environments. Additionally, Empirix Hammer products can pinpoint network issues at their source for quick correction to keep projects on time and on budget.

  • Proactively assure a great user experience
  • Confidently transition to new technologies and gain an advantage over competitors
  • Easily identify root cause issues and eliminate finger pointing
  • Prevent costly correction of post-deployment issues
  • Independently verify vendor claims
  • Maximize investments and speed ROI
  • End-to-end testing of complex IP-based solutions
    • Network performance
    • Quality of Service (QoS) for voice, video, and data
    • SBCs and network edge devices
    • Contact centers and Unified Communications (UC)
  • Extremely scalable for enterprise to carrier grade testing
  • Flexible solution simulates a wide range of user behaviors: phone calls, emails, video traffic, chat, web sessions, and more
  • Ability to assess security vulnerabilities as well as performance
  • Automated, repeatable tests to ensure that issues are fully corrected
  • Signaling protocols
    • Supports SIP UA, IMS SIP UE, SIP I+T, SIGTRAN, MGCP, NCS, H.248/Megaco, H.323, Avaya H.323, Cisco SCCP (Skinny), QSIG, Clear Channel (No Call Control), and Nortel UNIStim
    • Transport over UDP and TCP, IPv4 and IPv6, and TLS for secure transport
    • Unique endpoint emulation using IP address, MAC address, and VLAN tagging
    • Mixed protocol configurations supported
    • Highly configurable message content and sequence
  • Media capability
    • G.711 A/µ-law, G.722, G.722.2 (AMR-WB), G.723.1***, G.726, G.729A, GSM-AMR (AMR-NB), GSM-EFR/FR, EVRC0, iLBC, Speex, RFC 2833, and user-defined codecs for voice and tones
    • H.263/H.263+, H.264 (MPEG-4 pt. 10) including HD (720p and 1080p resolution), and MPEG-4 pt.2 codecs for video
    • T.38 Fax
    • T.30 Fax pass-thru
    • Silence suppression detection using RFC 3389, G.723.1A, and G.729B
    • Multiple true voice and video clips
    • Unique DTMF string validation on every channel
    • Reference-based voice quality using ITU-T P.862.2 (PESQ*) and MOS (MOS-LQO)
    • Non-reference-based voice quality using E-model (R-factor) and MOS (MOS-LQE) with up to five mapping scales
    • Non-reference-based video quality with MOS-V
    • Advanced speech recognition**
    • Full RTP, Secure RTP (SRTP), and RTCP metrics for every call
    • Narrowband and Wideband codecs for media with VQ
  • Scalability
    • Delivered in 4 to 32,000 endpoints for a single server
    • Scales to around 300,000 endpoints with use of Master/Mega-Controller for single point of control
    • Manage 20+ Hammer systems with single point of control from Mega-Controller
  • Empirix Hammer Test User Interface
    • Easy-to-use TestBuilder UI allows for test scripts to be created by a ladder diagram - all scripts are protocol independent
    • Advanced scripting can be developed and executed using the Hammer Visual Basic (HVB) UI
    • Multiple test scripts can be run from the TestBuilder or Test
  • Profiler UI
    • Real-time Test information is displayed per channel, as summary test metrics for each call, and as aggregated real-time graphs for visualizing results over time
    • Configuration, Test script, and Profile files can be saved and opened on a different system
    • Powerful Command Line Interface (CLI) and scripting interface for automation, remote control, and feature testing
  • Real-time monitoring and reporting
    • Real-time monitoring and reporting of registration and call statistics
    • Statistics can be viewed on any pair of endpoints
    • Export data to other applications for customized user report
  • Signaling editor
    • Customize state machine behavior and message content
    • Flexible state based architecture provides comprehensive state machine customization capability
    • Develop state machines to handle call flows specific to your applications and device under test
    • Create your own message or call flows, or customize existing ones
    • Import messages from Empirix Hammer Call Analyzer or third-party protocol analyzers

*PESQ® software included in this product is protected by copyright and by European, US and other patents and is provided under License from Psytechnics Limited. “PESQ” is a registered trade mark of Psytechnics Limited.
**Speech recognition technology provided under license from Nuance Communications, Inc.
***France Telecom G.723.1 patents license.

  • Quality of Experience (QoE)
  • Networks
    • IP, Mobile Broadband, SIP, IMS, TDM, SS7
    • Quality of Service (QoS) for voice, video, and data
  • Contact Center and Unified Communications
    • IVR, ACD, routing, CTI, CRM, chat, presence, video, conferencing, speech, and agent desktop applications
  • Security
    • Denial of Service, Theft of Service, traffic floods, intrusion prevention, firewalls, intrusion detection systems, and security gateways
  • Network elements
    • Session border controllers, network border elements, DNS and ENUM?servers, application level gateways and deep packet inspection devices, and intrusion prevention/intrusion detection systems (IPS/IDS)