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alpha test

[′al·fə ‚test]
(computer science)
A test of software carried out at the user's location and using actual data.

alpha test

The first test of newly developed hardware or software in a laboratory setting. When the first round of bugs has been fixed, the product goes into beta test with actual users. For custom software, the customer may be invited into the vendor's facilities for an alpha test to ensure the client's vision has been interpreted properly by the developer. See beta test and testing types.
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Our first successful alpha tests with our partners at Con Edison, followed by similarly successful tests in Japan, the historic testing earlier this month in Hong Kong, are all milestones that we have achieved ahead of schedule.