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beta test

[′bād·ə ‚test]
(computer science)
The first test of a computer system outside the laboratory, in its actual working environment.

beta test

A test of new or revised hardware or software that is performed by users at their facilities under normal operating conditions. Beta testing follows alpha testing. Vendors of packaged software often offer their customers the opportunity of beta testing new releases, and the beta testing of intricate products such as operating systems can take months. See beta version, beta culture, alpha test and testing types.
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These beta tests are a very important step in our development and we are very pleased to have the interest and support of the cognizant engineering authorities.
The scheduled beta tests will confirm our new system's ability to effectively monitor perimeter security with a completely self-contained, low-cost system.
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Subject to the successful completion of the beta tests, ATG plans to sign a Master Purchase Agreement with Astral Point that could result in up to $25 million in purchases of the ON 5000 Optical Services Node.
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