WebRTC World Feature Article

March 29, 2014

WebRTC World Week in Review

If you’re looking for a good weekend read on WebRTC, you might want to check out the third edition of WebRTC API and RTCWEB Protocols of the HTML5 Real-Time Web, a book by Alan Jonston and Dan Burnett that teaches developers how to debug their code and explores real-time text over the data channel. Here are the top WebRTC stories from this week.

The week kicked off with news that Temasys and Moment Media are partnering to enable video communication right from a social page on Moment Media networks. Temasys’ Skyway infrastructure enables chat, voice and video communications to be embedded in almost anything simply via an Internet connection. It brings the power of WebRTC, which uses peer-to-peer connections and puts real-time communications in the browser, to companies. 

The word from Infonetics Research's fourth quarter 2013 report, “Enterprise Telepresence and Video Conferencing Equipment,” showed off some of the numbers in the sector, as well as some more specific points about gains and losses in the sector. Overall, while 2012 was a bit on the flat side, 2013 saw some gains, bringing back 5 percent growth year-over-year and bringing the total market sector to $3.2 billion. In this sector, video phones saw the biggest growth, with shipments of such devices doubling in 2013 to clear one million units shipped. While immersive telepresence systems are down overall, the sector is off the lows, so to speak, with a slight growth seen in the second half of 2013.

Last week, Citrix released GoToMeeting Free, a WebRTC-based video chat service that can connect up to three users with HD video and audio conferencing capabilities for up to three users. WebRTC World caught up with Phil Chambers, who runs product at Citrix and was CTO of Podio before Citrix acquired the cloud-based collaboration service in 2012, to talk about the move, why it decided to work with WebRTC and we can expect to see from this experimental product.

We also caught up with Rick McFarland, CEO of Voice4Net, to discuss the company’s new WebRTC solution. Voice4Net is taking its history in telephony and merging it with modern-day communications, bringing WebRTC into the mix with a real-time communications framework. It’s delivering a new ecosystem and business apps, or widgets, so users can design their own contact center on their desktop in just a few minutes. We also spoke to McFarland at ITEXPO in Miami, who emphasized that 2014 is the year of WebRTC for contact centers.

WeCam Inc., a mobile video calling app, launched its WebRTC video chat application this week, which allows users to connect via Facebook, Twitter or Google+ to connect with people anywhere in the world. Users can discover and connect with other people based on proximity, interests, matches, tags and mutual friend connections. TokBox’s OpenTok platform powers WeCam’s app, allowing up to four users to video call on one screen. The OpenTok platform allows developers to integrate live, face-to-face video directly into websites and mobile apps using WebRTC.

Check out WebRTC World for other stories you may have missed this week, and be sure to stay tuned in the future for more industry news, trends, interviews and resources. Have a great weekend!


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