WebRTC World Feature Article

November 13, 2012

Google and Plantronics Join WebRTC Conference and Expo as Diamond Sponsors

WebRTC is believed to be a major game-changer in how the World Wide Web and the Internet enable people to work and play. WebRTC is, at the core, putting a standard media engine into a browser or other elements of the client devices. It is a free, open project that enables Web browsers with Real-Time Communications (RTC) capabilities via simple Javascript APIs. The media engine is the technology that manages microphones, cameras, and speakers and gets audio and video onto and off the Internet. By putting the media engine in the browser, a major change is happening.

TMC, Systemwide Media and PKE Consulting announced that Google and Plantronics will be Diamond-level sponsors of the WebRTC Conference and Expo, an opportunity for companies, Web application providers, investors and developers to understand the exciting opportunity that WebRTC opens and how it will challenge and change much of today’s communications landscape.

Held at the South San Francisco Conference Center from Nov. 27 – 29, WebRTC Conference and EXPO is the event where architects, enablers and users of WebRTC will gather to advance the standards and discover the most promising emerging applications for WebRTC.

Google has been an early champion of WebRTC, open sourcing key components of the technology and recently adding it to the beta version of its Chrome web browser. By adding WebRTC to Chrome, which is downloaded by millions of consumers, Google illustrates that WebRTC is the next big thing in voice and video chat. This week’s release of Chrome 23 comes with WebRTC on board, according to a post published Tuesday on the WebRTC blog.

WebRTC also got another boost this week when Mozilla announced that it started to include the framework in the nightly and Aurora (pre-beta) builds of its Firefox Web browser. And the technology got some real-world validation when the freshly-acquired video chat platform provider Tokbox released OpenTok on WebRTC, enabling developers to build WebRTC-based video chat applications that connect users on supported browsers with consumers using iOS devices. Web video chat provider Bistri also added to the momentum by rolling out WebRTC-based video calling.

WebRTC is also a key technology for Plantronics, a provider of mobile headsets, noise-cancelling technology and the personal speakerphone. “With the simple communications integration and open standards, WebRTC will create an explosion in collaboration and new applications,” noted Joe Burton, senior vice president and CTO at Plantronics. “As a leader in optimizing the audio communications experience, Plantronics sees WebRTC dramatically increasing the need for integrated personal audio devices to enable this communication.”

“Google and Plantronics are pioneers in their support of WebRTC, a disruptive technology which will undoubtedly change how the world communicates,” said Rich Tehrani, CEO at TMC and conference chairman. “We're thrilled to welcome these industry trailblazers as sponsors of WebRTC Conference & Expo.”

In addition to Google and Plantronics, WebRTC Conference and Expo is supported by platinum sponsors including Thrupoint, Zingaya, Ericsson and Sansay. Gold sponsors including Drum, Oracle, PubNub, Twillo, Bistri, Mozilla, TenHands, Joyent Cloud and Tropo, and silver sponsors AddLive, Sangoma and Priologic Software.Registration for WebRTC Conference and Expo is open. For information about exhibitor or sponsorship opportunities, contact Dave Rodriguez atdrodriguez@tmcnet.com/ 203-852-6800 x. 146. 

Edited by Rich Steeves


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