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June 13, 2013

WebRTC is Here and the Future is Now

WebRTC is all about making real-time communication easier to roll into apps and websites. Crocodile is helping developers leverage the technology.

Its Crocodile WebRTC SDK, released in May, delivers a complete real-time communications platform consisting of an open cloud signaling network, developer SDK providing session control, management and billing capabilities, and sample WebRTC applications. The SDK is targeted at individual app designers, company website developers and service providers who would want to incorporate real-time Web communications into their applications and services.

“We’ve built the Crocodile WebRTC SDK which allows developers to access the Crocodile signaling network and other helpful support capabilities from within their apps, enabling rich Web communication experiences for their users,” said John Parr, co-founder of Crocodile.

Crocodile supports SIP for audio and video session control, XMPP for messaging, presence and address book, MSRP for peer-to-peer data such as file transfer, and WebRTC Data Channel, according to Parr.

Parr is bullish on the potential of WebRTC.

“WebRTC is poised to revolutionize the way people communicate using both fixed and mobile devices,” he said. “It allows Web applications to control real-time voice and video communications directly from the browser, making it unnecessary to download soft clients or apps.”

The first wave of WebRTC deployments we will see a proliferation of RCS, 'Skype-like' conferencing and value-added services, predicts Parr. But WebRTC will go beyond these initial applications, changing telecommunications fundamentally.

“The really exciting thing about real-time Web communications is its potential to change the way we communicate, so that remote communication is enhanced through process and context exchange to become a truly shared experience,” said Parr.

He added: “It will make real-time communications ubiquitous – we’ll stop thinking about ‘calls’ and just expect the audio and video channels to be available when we need them.”

This is not the technology of the future, either; WebRTC exists today, and is already in production environments even if some of the specifications are still being hammered out and the most innovative applications are still to come.

“It’s here now and it works!” he said.

Parr will be speaking at this year’s WebRTC Conference & Expo, which will be held in Atlanta this June 25-27.

Edited by Alisen Downey
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