WebRTC World Feature Article

March 08, 2013

The Hypervoice Consortium Adds Ericsson and InterDigital to its Ranks

The relatively new Hypervoice Consortium, officially announced back in November at the WebRTC conference, yesterday added two new founding members to its ranks, InterDigital and Ericsson, bringing the total number to six. The two companies join Telefonica Digital, HarQen, Voxeo Labs and Martin Geddes Consulting Ltd. in fulfilling the consortium's mission of articulating advanced standards, capabilities and potential applications for the Hypervoice framework.

Hypervoice is a technology first introduced by HarQen in October 2012 that transforms voice communications into native Web objects, making them fully searchable, shareable and linkable while still being available in their original audio format. Covering all languages and accents, the framework makes voice conversations as usable as text on a page.

Furthermore, Hypervoice conversations can be initiated from any digital communication channel — including Facebook or Twitter and instant messengers — while creating metadata of all recorded audio. This can lead to improved workflow through new behaviors, such as tagging a conversation with important information.

With the inclusion of InterDigital and Ericsson to the Hypervoice Consortium, new innovation will be brought to the Hypervoice framework. As Vish Nandlall, CTO of Ericsson North America, said in a statement: "Global communication challenges cannot be fixed by more of the same technology. Hypervoice opens up a new ecosystem for voice products and services."

"We see opportunities for Hypervoice, along with other communications channels, creating a new generation of services and apps that provide great user experiences, potentially beyond even in-person meetings," said Tracy Isacke, head of Silicon Valley and director Investments and Global Partnerships at Telefonica. "With WebRTC becoming a mature browser-based standard for online communication, Hypervoice becomes a realistic and attractive standard for voice communication."

In other recent WebRTC news, the Mozilla Corporation, along with Ericsson, recently demonstrated the power of the browser-based real-time communications protocol in a video that shows seamless drag-and-drop WebRTC calling using both a PC and mobile phone.

Edited by Brooke Neuman


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