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November 27, 2012

What is the Future of Real-Time Communications on the Web?

In science fiction movies, the future of communications always looked so simple. You sit on the bridge of the Enterprise and you ask the computer (voiced by the lovely Majel Barrett Rodenberry) to put the Klingon Cruiser or Starfleet officer on the viewscreen. Then, voila!, you have real-time voice and video communications. Here in the 21st century, however, it has not been quite that simple.

In order to video chat, you need to download an app, like Skype (and we know how frustrating it can be to Skype with your best friend or significant other when the application is skipping or acting up), or at the very least you needed a plug-in for your browser. But the future may be closer than you think, as a new technology, Web Real Time Communications (WebRTC) is poised to make voice and video communications from a Web browser a reality.

One company that specializes in this space is D2 Technologies. It is a pioneer in WebRTC, an open-source initiative led by companies such as Google. It is a technology that has the potential to greatly alter the way we communicate with friends, loved ones and business associates, and the folks at D2 are in on the ground floor.

In fact, D2’s chief operating officer, Doug Makishima, will be taking part in a presentation discussing the future of this technology. The panel, “Separating Hype from Reality – The Impact of WebRTC on Telecom and Enterprise Ecosystems Within the Next Two Years,” will be moderated by Chris Vitek of Enterprise Telemetry and will feature executives from Cisco, Hookflash and Disruptive Analysis.

This panel will be part of the WebRTC Conference and Expo, running from November 27-29 at the South San Francisco Conference Center. The panel will take place on Thursday at 11:15am local time.

Edited by Allison Boccamazzo
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