WebRTC World Feature Article

July 24, 2014

Frozen Mountain Allows Clients to Put WebRTC 'Everywhere'


WebRTC, the standard that allows for easy browser-to-browser voice and video communications, is opening opportunities, both in the business world and in enterprise and personal communications. Smart communications companies are building the standard into their products to allow their own end clients a new world of access to browser-based communications.

At the recent WebRTC event held in Atlanta, Anton Venema, CTO of British Columbia-based Web and mobile communications solutions provider Frozen Mountain, detailed how his company’s solutions can be used across nearly every platform, thanks to software development kids, or SDKs.

“Natively, we have support in Chrome, Firefox and Opera, and what we’ve done is we’ve written our own WebRTC stack that allows us to deploy WebRTC to Internet Explorer using an Active-X controller,” said Venema. “We deploy to Safari using a Java applet. We provide a .NET and Windows SDK. We provide a Mac OS SDK. We have a Java SDK that runs on Linux and Mac and Windows. We have a iOS SDK, an Android SDK, a Windows Phone SDK, Xamarin iOS and Mac SDKs and even an SDK for Unity, if you’re interested in doing 3D game development in a Web browser,” he said, touching on an up-and-coming application for WebRTC…the highly profitable gaming world.

Venema said the company’s efforts have a goal of allowing customers to put WebRTC anywhere. The company’s IceLink product delivers WebRTC support across all platforms via SDKs, as Venema detailed in his demonstration. IceLink is fully compatible with WebRTC for zero-plugin browser-based video chat, and it works with any signaling system, includes a STUN/TURN server that clients can deploy (or use their own), and it’s priced per developer with no run-time fees. (STUN, TURN and ICE are a group of IETF RFC specifications that define standard protocols that can be used by network endpoints to discover information about their network and set up direct peer-to-peer (P2P) streaming connections.)

Venema said the result, which was demonstrated in the company’s booth at the WebRTC even, can see native Mac “talking” to Internet Explorer, “talking” to Safari. The applications for this type of cross-browser flexibility are nearly limitless, and will have a host of communication and collaboration benefits for the enterprise environment.

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