WebRTC World Feature Article

March 01, 2014

WebRTC World Week in Review

The focus was on mobile this week with the 2014 Mobile World Congress happening in Barcelona. There were a number of companies announcing their move to integrate WebRTC into their business strategies and products. Here are the top WebRTC stories this week.

First and foremost, WebRTC World and PKE Consulting released its WebRTC Outlook 2014 Report, which collects and analyzes survey results on the trends, adoption, impacts, plans and barriers to WebRTC in 2014. The report is free, and features results from more than 100 respondents.

Acision introduced Fuze this week, a rich communication application that supports WebRTC. Users can have up to two simultaneous chats over its iOS and Android apps using a split screen and can also sign up for RSS and channels from brands and other content providers. In addition, they can share content with each other using a drag-and-drop feature. If the connection isn’t good enough for videoconferencing, Fuze can drop back to SMS messages, as mobile connectivity can still be spotty.

Fuze also features joyn, a Rich Communication Services (RCS) solution. The product’s RCS interface indicates carrier-friendly strategies that include support for MMS/SMS as an alternative/fail-over for OTT.

WIT Software introduced its new WIT WebRTC platform, which includes WebRTC Gateway and Web Communicator and provides real-time communication capabilities to compliant browsers – for now that is Chrome, Firefox and Opera – as well as non-compliant browsers, Safari and Internet Explorer. For the latecomer browsers from Apple and Microsoft, WIT uses HTML5 and Flash technology to transmit audio and video. 

Five Dialogic partners demonstrated the power of PowerMedia XMS this week: Unisys, APEX Voice Communications, Quobis, Movirtu and Gintel. The companies showcased capabilities such as incoming and outgoing calls between a mobile phone and WebRTC client, multiparty video conferencing and new service creation. Dialogic PowerMedia XMS can be used to build a variety of real-time multimedia processing solutions, such as IVR, voice messaging, notification systems, video conferencing and social interaction applications.

Ericsson Research introduced Bowser in December 2012 as the world’s first WebRTC-enabled browser for mobile devices. Last week, the company announced it was discontinuing Bowser, which led to some disappointment from users. But the disappointment didn’t last long, as Ericsson introduced a new standard for WebRTC-enabled solutions. Imagine an operator controlling a backhoe from outside of the machine, with a remote control. Now, imagine an operator sitting in New York controlling a backhoe that is located across the country in Wyoming. This capability is what Ericsson demonstrated this week at Mobile World Congress: A remote-controlled excavator using WebRTC.

Lindenbaum is a provider of conference bridges, software and systems for service providers and enterprises. Its IP-based conferencing services offer flexibility and ease of use to make conferencing a seamless part of business communications. The company is expanding its WebRTC VoIP client – now, Android users can dial into conferences through WebRTC.

Enabling Technologies Corp, a provider of unified communications solutions, says you don’t need WebRTC to live chat on browsers possible. The company is making moves into live chat over browsers with ETC WebChat, a live chat solution that uses Microsoft Lync to incorporate a real-time, presence-enabled Web chat on company websites.  

Stay tuned each week to WebRTC World for the latest industry news, resources and trends. Have a great weekend. 


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