WebRTC World Feature Article

February 02, 2013

WebRTC World Week in Review


It was another big week in news for Web-based real-time communications (WebRTC), and as a result there was plenty going on that required examination. With so much news out in the field, it's always a good idea to take a look back at the week that was, and that's just what we're going to do with our Week in Review coverage.

So settle in, and let's take a look at some of the biggest news this week.

Ericsson Labs set up an important piece of news, as word emerged about several new developments in the works related to WebRTC. What was particularly interesting about these is that Ericsson developed these applications without formal standards from the World Wide Web Consortium. But with Ericsson's developments, we may not only have access to small changes in the original standards, but also a complete change in the way we use devices in general, with more devices serving multiple purposes, such as computers and televisions that can make browser-to-browser phone calls.

Vidtel brought the next development, as its latest line of video conferencing and WebRTC systems looked to provide interfaces and capabilities worthy of the greatest of science fiction promises. While Vidtel has only been operating for the last five years, the firm has already developed several exciting new products, including one that allows users to set up a point-to-point video conference just by sending a link.

The product looks to compete with Skype, and may be on to something given the comparative ease with which such a conversation can be established.

Then we heard from VCI-Group, who had plans to roll out the VICG Live! video conferencing session February 21. This short, talk show-format presentation would help run down some of the impact behind WebRTC and give attendees access to both speakers and opportunities to network. The VCI-Group currently represents over 500 end users and vendors, leaving plenty of opportunities in place for members to get together. This is set to be followed by TMC Systemwide Media and PKE Consulting's WebRTC Conference and Expo running June 25-27 in Atlanta, Georgia's Cobb Galleria.

Next came word from BCS Global, who not only had a good year in 2012, but expected a better year in 2013 as video collaboration systems looked to go on the rise. The rapid expansion from board rooms to smaller businesses and beyond has left open a lot of possibility for those interested in providing services in video collaboration. BCS Global has already taken several awards in their pursuit of providing video collaboration, and with a variety of companies coming in to take their shot at a slice of the pie, the end result will likely be higher quality, less expensive, and easier to use for an increasing array of businesses interested in using the service.

Finally, reports came from AddLive, who looked to offer a little extra power in WebRTC as it offered support for WebRTC functions in browsers that don't ordinarily support WebRTC. AddLive can also bring in several other functions, like multiple-party conferences and a JavaScript API that allows for inclusion of live audio and video, making the overall experience richer.

That was the week that was in WebRTC, and with so much going on in the field, our global online community is constantly keeping its eyes open for the best in news to bring back. So be sure to come back next week for more news in WebRTC, and of course, every weekend for our Week in Review coverage!







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